Please Welcome Our New Rector: The Reverend Astrid Storm
We at St. James the Less are delighted to announce the calling of our 18th Rector, The Reverend Astrid Storm, formerly Rector of St. Nicholas-on-the-Hudson, New Hamburg, New York.
After a prayerful, deliberative, and exhaustive one-year search, the Search Committee presented three candidates to the Vestry last month. They met with all three — including spouses — in both formal and informal settings over a two-week period. With rigor, prayer, and discernment, the Vestry called Mother Storm to St. James. Mother Storm (who is also happy to be addressed as "Astrid") brings with her ten years of experience as Rector of St. Nicholas as well as experience in larger parishes as Curate at Grace Church in New York, New York, and Associate Rector at St. John's Church in Worthington, Ohio. She has been an Episcopal priest for fifteen years.
Mother Storm has a remarkable record of spiritual, organizational, and financial leadership. As Rector of St. Nicholas, she took a parish that was on life-support, in frequent need of financial assistance from the Diocese, and turned it around within a decade. She grew St. Nicholas spiritually, educationally, and organizationally. She is a skilled liturgist and preacher, a caring pastor, and an effective administrator. She personally ran the Christian Education program at St. Nicholas with help from parishioners. She established a Sunday School, led a weekly Bible study program, taught Confirmation, and oversaw a Vacation Bible Study program in the summer. She increased membership from a few members to more than 265 people. She was personally involved in stewardship and increased the parish budget over fourfold. She successfully carried out a capital campaign for deferred maintenance and building expansion. She led the effort to create a parish endowment.
The children of St. Nicholas alone raised more than $1000 for the Children's Episcopal Relief and Development Offering Fund earlier this year. With an inclusive and welcoming spiritual disposition, Mother Storm created an environment where parishioners gave their time, talent, and treasure, participated more fully in the life and ministry of the church, and assumed positions of church leadership.
Mother Storm graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wheaton College with a BA in German and English Literature. Since 2004, she has continued her education at Oxford University, Union Seminary, and New York University. She is near fluent in German, and has a working knowledge of Spanish. She once passed a vocal audition and was offered a minor canon position at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. While at St. Nicholas, Mother Storm was the Chaplain of the New Hamburg Fire Department.
Her husband, Andrew, is an attorney with an entertainment law practice in Manhattan. They have two young children. Naomi, who is a year old, will enroll in our nursery school in the fall, and Inigo, who is five, will enroll in Fox Meadow Elementary.
Mother Storm begins her new role on June 20, 2016, and her first Sunday officiating and preaching will be June 26, 2016. She will be officially installed by the Bishop this fall.
This summer, please take time to introduce yourself to Astrid, Andrew, and their children. As you get to know them, we believe you will see what we have seen - that she has the spiritual, educational, and organizational leadership to broaden and deepen our faith and ministry in service of Jesus Christ for ourselves, our families, our church, and our community.