St. John’s Parish Church

A Light for the Sea Islands since 1734

Dear Saints of St. John’s,
    Our Old Testament reading from this past Sunday speaks of the timely and God-ordained need for pastoral leadership transition.
15 Moses spoke to the LORD, saying, 16 “Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation 17 who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be as sheep that have no shepherd….” 20 You shall invest him with some of your authority, that all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey….22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and made him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation, 23 and he laid his hands on him and commissioned him as the LORD directed through Moses.
Moses had been the pastoral leader of the Israelites for the 40 years of their wandering in the wilderness and the Scriptures say that he was “faithful in all God’s house.” (Hebrews 3:2)  Even so, he was not the leader chosen to bring the people into the Promised Land.  Another, younger leader, Joshua, was chosen to lead the people into the next phase, that of battling the tribes who inhabited the Promised Land.

We have already seen this transition to new leadership in our diocese when Bishop Lawrence stepped down earlier this year to make way for Bishop Edgar, and now it is time for St. John’s Parish Church to do the same.  We have made great strides and done much ministry in our community and in the wider Anglican Communion during my twenty years with you.  I have grown by leaps and bounds and I know you have too.  My children became adults in this parish and I will be forever grateful for all that you have done for me and my family.  I have led as far as I can, and now I must go.  

The Lord has called me to a new ministry, a ministry which He has been preparing me for nearly 5 years.  A ministry in the academy to young scientists and their professors.  On April 13, I accepted the position as Lecturer in Geology at the University of Tennessee.  Just a week later, on April 20 as you know, the Supreme Court ruling came down and not in our favor.  I do not fully understand the Lord’s timing in this, but I must believe that it is good, and true and sure.

And I am encouraged in this by knowing that your Wardens and Vestry are ready and able to lead in the interim and to discern the nature of the next pastoral leadership for St. John’s Parish Church.  I have seen the giftedness of this special vestry in recent months and you, the people, are all in very good hands.

My position begins at the University of Tennessee on August 1, so there are about two months or so before Beth and I, and Beth’s Mom, June, make the move to Knoxville.  I must add that since the Lord has been growing this new call, both of my daughters have returned to Knoxville, and, as you all know, my granddaughter Ellie was born there.  I had no idea of this 5 years ago, just as you all have no idea of the great blessing that will be poured out on you in the months and years ahead.  “All will be well.  All manner of things will be well.” 

In Christ,
Fr. Greg+


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Fr. Greg Snyder, Sr. Rector (843-367-3342,
Fr. Jeremy Shelton. Assoc. Rector (843-364-9381,
Rob Schluter, Family Pastor (843-908-1853,
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Vestry Members 2022: Ben Dixon (Sr. Warden), Ann Edenfield, Barbara Johnson, Jon Grandin, Jeff Lamberson, Debbie Hawkins, Don Machiorlete, Becky Nisoff, Lindy Reynolds, Jane Vaughan, Jay Withington ( (Jr. Warden), Todd Young
St. John’s Parish Church
3673 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
PO Box 125, Johns Island, SC 29457
Telephone: 843-559-9560

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