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David M. Crosby New Assistant Rector


The Wardens and Vestry are delighted to announce that David M. Crosby has accepted a call to be our new Assistant Rector. He will be an invaluable help to Interim Rector Mary Sulerud and will allow us to re-energize worship and programming that had to be put on hold in the absence of a second clergy person. David brings energy, enthusiasm and a wealth of experience as an active parishioner himself to his new role.

After a career in IT with VISA, David felt the call to full-time ministry. He is a 2012 graduate of VTS, served as the class sacristan and was ordained a deacon on June 2 by Bishop Ted Gulick. David will be ordained to the priesthood December 15,
2012. He will join us July 16 and will assist with weekly worship services, provide pastoral care and work with both adult and youth education efforts.

Alexandria has long been home to David and his wife Chrissie, who are members of Grace Church, where he served in a variety of roles over the years — as a chorister, altar guild member, Stephen Minister to the sick and home-bound, leader in adult and youth education and as both a Vestry member and Senior Warden.

The "small world" that is the Episcopal Church is alive and well in the Crosbys's tale: David grew up in a Navy family that eventually found its way to Springfield, VA, where the family was active at St. Christopher's — our Deacon Linda Murphy's home church and where former Assistant Peter Ackerman is now Rector (and where parish administrator, Jennifer Addington, also served as parish administrator!). David's father entered Virginia Theological Seminary in 1974, where he was delighted to connect with one particular classmate, a line officer/oceanographer — Chrissie's father! David jokes that theirs is an "arranged marriage," as the Crosbys would inform their son that he would do well to pick one of the lovely classmate's daughters as a wife. Fortunately, says David, Chrissie agreed to the parents' plan.

We are grateful that the Crosbys and their two labs will live in the church rectory for a year while they have some work done on their Alexandria home and while our search for a new Rector is proceeding. That will mean that Chrissie will have a very short commute -- since retiring from the U.S. Department of Commerce, she is one year into a master's degree program at VTS.

A parish-wide welcome for the Crosbys is planned for July 15. Look for details in the Sunday service leaflets.



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