St. Columba’s calls Ledlie I. Laughlin as new rector

Posted Jun 15, 2015

[St. Columba’s Episcopal Church] The vestry of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce the calling of the Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin as its new rector.

“Ledlie’s work has demonstrated a love of children, an appreciation of the importance of great music to liturgy, a commitment to thoughtful, well-crafted preaching and a vision of the church as the body of Christ committed to serving others. We look forward to beginning a journey together,” said wardens Lane Heard and Elizabeth Taylor.

The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin is currently the rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Philadelphia, where he has served since 1999. He graduated from Oberlin College and attended Berkeley/Yale Divinity School, where he received his M.Div. in 1987. For 25 years, he has served in urban parishes up and down the East Coast. An active leader in the Diocese of Pennsylvania during his tenure at St. Peter’s, Ledlie chaired the Standing Committee during a difficult time of transition, restoring trust in Diocesan leadership. He has also played an instrumental role in the creation of P.O.W.E.R. (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild).

“From everything I know and have experienced of St. Columba’s, both past and present, I sense an overwhelming extraordinary potential; I sense that it is a community eager to serve the world as children of God and disciples of Christ,” responded the Rev. Laughlin.

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde added, “I am thrilled to join St. Columba’s in welcoming Ledlie Laughlin and his wife, Sarah to the Diocese of Washington. Ledlie brings deep faith, a wide range of ministry experience and skills and a passion for The Episcopal Church. His ministry will enrich us all. It has been a privilege for me to walk alongside and pray with St. Columba’s leadership in this season of discernment. They have served God and their congregation well.”
Ledlie and Sarah, a social worker, will move to Washington this summer. He will officially begin his duties at St. Columba’s on Sept. 13, 2015.

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