The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 












Spiritual Discernment Is The Search To

Discover God’s Will For Us


Discernment Committee Report

Profile, Search and Transition

​We welcomed the Reverend Daniel W. Hinkle as the full-time Interim Priest of Holy Innocents Church. He began his ministry with us on Friday, June 1, 2018. His first Worship Service at Holy Innocents was on Sunday, June 3rd at 9:30 am followed by Fellowship in the Parish Hall.   

     Fr. Dan is a life-long follower of Jesus and an Episcopalian. He grew up in Christ Church Bordentown, NJ. He has a BA in Philosophy with a Minor in Music and earned his M.Div. from our Episcopal Seminary in Sewanee, TN. He has been in ordained ministry in various settings for thirty-seven years and has specialized in Interim Ministry in several churches, including Lutheran, UCC as well as Episcopal congregations, for the past sixteen years.

     Fr. Dan is married to Barbara who is a Hospice RN in Lancaster, PA where they permanently reside. They have six grown children, four grandchildren and two cats. They enjoy hiking and exploring the beauties of God’s very good creation.                               ​

The process has started!!!

On Thursday March 8th, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Wardens and Vestry, a decision was made to start a search for an Interim Priest to serve the Parish for a period of approximately 18 months as we search to call our new Priest and Rector.

On Friday March 9th, a “Readiness Assessment” joint meeting of the Wardens, Vestry, and Discernment Committee took place at Holy Innocents. Cannon Brain Jemmott, and Cannon Phyllis Jones from the diocese, were in attendance to discuss the Parish’s “readiness” to proceed with the search to call a new Rector.

On March 26th we received approval from the Diocese to proceed with our search, and our Profile committee was tasked with preparing an advertisement for an Interim. The ad has been produced and will be appearing in three national Church publications.

At the scheduled Vestry meeting of April 12th, Bill Kehr was appointed as Chair of the Discernment committee. Also in consultation with the Diocesan Transition office it was decided to hire a Transition Consultant, certified and approved by the Bishop to help the Discernment committee as they continue their work.

On April 13, 2018 Michael Redpath was hired as the Transition Consultant and on April 23, 2018 a discernment committee orientation with Michael Redpath was convened. Several additional activities ie. anti-racism training and a congregational conversation will occur in the pre-development stages of our Parish Profile development process.

On May 29, 2018 the Diocesan training for Anti-Racism awareness was conducted for Vestry and the discernment committee.

The date for the commissioning of the discernment committee and the Congregational Conversation was set for Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Please remember that Discernment is a process. We are not looking at the process as a business decision, but as a Godly one. Regular updates will be circulated in the Parish Post, as well as in church.

Your Discernment Committee:

Gail South, Susan Hughes, Kay DeCicco, Suzette Whiting Janine Kleber, Rich Vaughan, Larry Peacock, Judy Hamilton Bill Kehr, Rob Meyer, Rich Cashel, Barry Longenbach