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Christ Episcopal Church Parish Profile


Christ Episcopal Church in Warren, Ohio is a vibrant parish of attending and electronic members seeking a spiritually grounded, compassionate, and dedicated rector to shepherd and grow our congregation. We strive to spread God's love through worship, fellowship, outreach, and formation.  We are extravagant with grace and welcome.   We are extravagant with prayer and worship.  We are extravagant with our desire to expand God’s vision of who we are and who God wants us to become. 

Our Vision Statement: “Christ Church is a valued community asset that provides a welcoming, safe environment for all to develop and strengthen individual and communal relationships with Christ. “

Our Mission Statement: “To Love Others as Christ Loves Us.”

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Our Congregation: 

Our congregation is multi-generational, with young families, singles, and retirees all actively involved in the life of the church. We are a welcoming community that embraces diversity. We cherish our liturgical traditions while also remaining open to new and different perspectives. Music is integral to our worship. We have an exceptional music program.  Our parishioners are thoughtful, generous, caring, and committed to spiritual growth. We are passionate about outreach both locally and globally. We strive to love each other and our neighbors. We are fun. We love to laugh and are willing to cry together. We are ready to respond to all God is calling us to be.  We want to be a 21st century church.  We are looking forward to the journey with our next leader.

Our Community:

Warren, Ohio, is a small industrial city in northeast Ohio. In 1801, Warren  became the “capital” of Trumbull County which, at that time, included  the entire Connecticut Western Reserve.  Christ Episcopal Church, founded in 1836, subsequently became and continues to be an integral part of the city of Warren and its surrounding communities.  Warren’s history is rich and highly valued.


Warren played vast importance in the Women’s Suffrage MovementHarriet Taylor Upton, a Warren resident, worked with Susan B. Anthony as leaders of Ohio and national struggles for women’s right to vote.  Today, Harriet Upton House, deemed a National Historic Landmark, remains open and active in historical functions within Warren.  The city remains so dedicated to Harriet that a request was made to a Pasadena, Ca. Judge to have her remains returned to Warren and buried at her home site.  Not only was this request eventually granted, but the female judge hearing the case actually attended a burial service, returning Harriet to her homestead. 


Warren is an excellent location in which to live and raise a family.  The cost of living and housing in the region remains below state and national levels. The city maintains affordable and diverse neighborhoods and has access to a riverfront park system, superior restaurants and nightclubs, year-round festivals, and cultural events.   Northeast Ohio, coupled with western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, originated the  tradition of the wedding “cookie table”.  This was a result of a true “melting pot” of ethnicities and cultures moving to northeast Ohio in 1802 for jobs in the steel mills.  These new families used a cookie table as a method of establishing relationships and representing their homeland. The cookie table uniquely remains today in area weddings.  


One of Warren’s boastings is of Packard Music Hall, a nationally known venue for celebrity musicians and orator presentations, as well as seasonal concerts by the WD Packard Concert Band.    The National Packard Museum is on the same grounds and displays cars of the same name as it proudly describes the historic importance played by the Packard car.  Warren also offers breweries, coffee houses, water trails for kayaking, a Women’s Park, Western Reserve Greenway bike trail, Trumbull Country Club and Golf Course (within a mile from the church) and Avalon Golf Club and Resort, Ernie Hall Aviation Museum, and other historic sites.  The Warren Community Amphitheatre downtown offers a series of summer concerts - River Rock at the Amp- that delight multigenerational audiences.  Recently renovated as part of downtown Warren’s economic development projects, the Robins Theater, initially built in 1922, was used for both vaudeville shows and movie productions.  While closed from 1974-2017, the Downtown Development Group bought the theater in 2017  and restored it with much historical accuracy.  The Robins presents programs/concerts with comedians, nationally known musicians, musicals, and other community theater events.  Warren is frequently chosen to host the Ohio Fine Arts summer series known as Chautauqua.  Live actors portray themed historical figures over the week   Warren also houses the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Single A Affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians.

Warren is centrally located between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, both just a short hour away. These cities offer a vast amount of other cultural, musical (Cleveland Playhouse Square), and artistic opportunities.  Sporting opportunities include Cleveland professional football, basketball, and baseball and Pittsburgh professional football, baseball, and hockey.

The Position:

We seek an approachable, innovative, and creative leader who will nurture our congregation and help us enact our faith in the wider world. The Rector will lead dynamic worship through inspiring preaching, provide compassionate pastoral care and counsel to those in need, manage staff and the day-to-day operations of the church, guide Christian formation programs, and help lead our outreach initiatives. We seek a thoughtful listener. We hope for a leader, who, in partnership with the vestry and staff, will develop a strategic vision that will set our course for the next several years.                                                                                                

Christ Episcopal Church 2023
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