Letter from Senior Warden Fred Piper

May 2, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I am excited to announce the calling of the Rev. Scott Walters to be the 22nd rector of Calvary Episcopal Church.

Scott has been the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas since 2009, after assuming the role of vicar/priest-in-charge in 2007. He has overseen innovative liturgy and projects, such as “Bus Stations of the Cross” and the Green Groceries Program, which keeps Christ Church’s doors open all week long. Christ Church, a downtown parish, has grown steadily in attendance and pledge income throughout Scott’s tenure.

Scott is a guitarist (he calls himself “serviceable”), cyclist, master carpenter, and lover of the outdoors. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from John Brown University and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is married to Ardelle, who is a counselor and works with CREDO, a program of the Church Pension Group. Their son, Alden, is a religious studies major at Yale, and their daughter, Kate, will attend Vassar beginning this fall.

The vestry, following the lead of the search committee, voted unanimously to invite Scott to be Calvary’s next rector. Kathryn Jasper, co-chair of the search committee, said this, “We truly felt the Holy Spirit throughout the process guiding the way. In fact, that was a priority for us—that the search was not propelled by our own intentions and desires but by an understanding that this was a spiritual journey—that it was discernment, not a job search. The Rev. Scott Walters is an excellent fit for Calvary in so many ways: he is pastoral, a powerful preacher, dynamic, personable, passionate about urban ministry, and an accomplished leader in his current congregation. This is an exciting time for Calvary.”

The vestry is grateful to all who prayed and helped during this time of transition: the Rev. Buddy Stallings, our priest-in-charge, who aided us in continued spiritual growth and provided an atmosphere of true joy in the halls of Calvary; the Revs. Eyleen Farmer, Paul McLain, and Neil Raman, who have continued to nurture us all; Hall Gardner and the search committee who worked diligently and faithfully, all for the betterment of Calvary; and Bishop Johnson and Canon Chip Davis, who have been a steady presence throughout this process.

I cannot improve on Scott’s own words when asked to describe himself:  “I am a priest who loves to invite all sorts of people—the strange, the familiar, and the lost—to Jesus’s table and preach the reorienting power of grace in our common life.”

Scott’s first Sunday at Calvary will be July 9. Thanks be to God, and welcome, Scott!


In peace,

Fred Piper
Senior Warden