The Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III to Retire from Trinity Church in 2017

By: Trinity Church in the City of Boston
BOSTON - Sept. 6, 2016 - PRLog -- After prayerful discernment, The Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III has decided to retire from parish ministry in June of 2017, after serving what will be a total of 18 years as Rector of Trinity Church in the City of Boston. Lloyd will continue to lead the parish in his current role for the program year, September through June.

In a letter to the parish, Lloyd explained, "This has not been an easy decision … I will be 67 and, after 36 years of intense parish leadership, I am sensing deeply that it is time to step away from full-time parish ministry. I am feeling vigorous and eager to plunge into the new year. And there is much to be done. I look forward to working shoulder to shoulder with all of you."

"We know that we speak for all of our community when we say that we are deeply grateful for Sam's remarkable ministry and stewardship of our church over two terms totaling nearly two decades," commented Peter Lawrence, Senior Warden of the Trinity Church Vestry. "Our lives have been touched profoundly by his preaching, teaching, and pastoral leadership. In innumerable ways, we are the vibrant parish we are today by the grace of his visionary ministry … We look forward to a vigorous and enthusiastic year of living out Christ's love at the heart of Boston."

The Church Officers and Vestry have already begun planning for the transition of leadership, in consultation with Bishop Alan Gates as well as Trinity's staff. After Lloyd's retirement next June, The Rev. William W. Rich, current Vicar of Trinity Church, will become Interim Rector. With Rich's guidance, the parish will discern then the qualities needed in its next Rector.

Trinity's mission is to welcome all seekers and proclaim a passionate, intellectually vibrant, generous-spirited Christianity that can provide faith and inspiration for a new generation. In this way, Trinity seeks to serve as a center for the spirit at the heart of the City of Boston.

For additional information, please contact Patricia Hurley, Director of Communications, at 617-536-0944 x389, phurley@trinitychurchboston.org.

ABOUT Trinity Church in the City of Boston:

Trinity Church Boston has long been recognized as an urban crossroads for contemplation, culture, and conversation. Home to a thriving Episcopal parish, Trinity bustles with worship, music, education, and community service activities seven days a week. In partnership with others, Trinity hosts lectures, concerts, and other events. More than 100,000 people annually visit this National Historic Landmark, recognized as one of the ten most architecturally significant buildings in the U.S., to tour, pray, or come together. Learn more at trinitychurchboston.org and on Facebook.

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