St. Bartholomew’s Church is Proud to Announce our New Rector The Rev. Nancee A. Cekuta

Rev. Nancee A. Cekuta

For almost two years we have been guided through a transition period to develop a clear vision of who we are, who we want to become, how best we can serve, and what we wish to create with a new rector. From this our Search Committee embarked on their mission to evaluate and interview candidates for the Rector position of our church. Through several months they met weekly to participate in the discernment process that would lead to their understanding of who God was calling to be our Rector. The committee made their recommendation to the Vestry. The Vestry followed up with their interview process. After these prayerful considerations, meetings, and interviews, the decision was made with confidence that God’s calling for our next Rector was clear.

It is the pleasure of the Vestry to announce that the call was issued to The Reverend Nancee. A. Cekuta and that she has answered the call to serve as Rector of our church. We give our thanks to God for guidance to us all in this decision.

Mother “Nan” Nancee earned her Masters of Divinity from The School of Theology in    Sewanee, TN in 2015. Since that time she has served as Associate Rector/Acting Priest-in-Charge, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC, more recently as the priest overseeing 863 families totaling over 1800 parishioners.   In that capacity, she initiated and managed church growth programs across generational lines with a solid underpinning of prayer. Mother Nan grew up in Upstate New York. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, with a double major in Creative Writing and Design Theatre. Prior to seminary, she lived in Atlanta, Georgia. Her experience as a business manager is extensive, including work as the Southeast District Service Manager for EnerSys, the world’s leading manufacturer of Industrial Forklift Batteries and Chargers. Her managerial positions included time management, finance administration, training and supporting office personnel and technicians, creating and implementing service business plans to increase profit margins.

Mother Nan comes to us with a solid life of prayer (reflection, centering prayer, community prayer) and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. She is passionate about spiritual formation through inspirational liturgy and powerful ministry to the world beyond the church walls. She initiates and encourages being active in outreach projects and ongoing outreach ministries. Social action is important to her. She is creative, giving her imagination freedom to grow current ministries and learn new ones, preparing herself and others for the Church of the future. She is a creative teacher with a variety of age groups.

Nan+ has been described as having a deep soul, being both contemplative and social (like Martha and Mary); making her parishioners valuable through spiritual grounding; having a love for the people she pastors; preaching moving sermons; and is highly respected for her liturgical sense. Her comfort with alternate styles of music is very broad. Of pastoral care she says, “Offering    pastoral care is one of the main reasons I entered the priesthood… is an act of who I am and not what I do.” In summary, Nan+ wrote, “My role as priest is to offer a nurturing and inclusive environment through preaching and teaching; to serve as listener, counselor, and communicator; to build a safe environment for multigenerational relationships and trust; and to bring hope through the sacraments to a broken world.”

Nan+ is the mother of two daughters, Bridget Wildes and Kaycee Maruscsak, and “Gammy” to five-year-old Caden and three-month-old Caleb, all living in the Atlanta area. When Nan+ is not working at the church, she is typically hanging out with Pugs-Leigh, her 15-month-old Pug. Pugs-Leigh and Nan+ enjoy hiking, photography, reading, grilling steaks, and laughing with friends. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Nan+ cheers for the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills.

Mother Nancee Cekuta will be our Rector officially on July 1, 2017.   We give our thanks to God for answering our prayers so fully, and our hearts are joyfully looking forward to welcoming Mother Nan into her new home with us at St. Bartholomew’s.

 

 

 

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Rector Search Action List Updated May 17, 2017

RECTOR SEARCH ACTION LIST

 

TASK PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE DATE COMPLETED
Attend Search Committee Training Search Committee and Canon d’Rue Hazel 11/30/16
Create OTM Portfolio Search Committee 1/16/17
Submit OTM Portfolio to diocese Cathy Sligh 1/16/17
Publish OTM Portfolio on Diocesan website to advertise rector opening Canon d’Rue Hazel 1/23/17
Create Church Profile Search Committee 1/16/17
Revise St. Bart’s website to include Church Profile Cathy Sligh, Terrie Lehi 1/23/17
Accept applications from potential candidates until March 15 Canon d’Rue Hazel Completed
Prepare questions for telephone/Skype interviews Search Committee 2/27/17
Conduct red flag checks on applicants Canon d’Rue Hazel Completed
Bishop approves current applicants to present to St. Bart’s (March 9) Bishop Waldo 3/9/17
Search Committee meets with Canon Hazel on March 9 to receive list of current candidates and credentials Canon d’Rue Hazel and Search Committee 3/9/17
Review applications, choose candidates to interview via Skype, and schedule interviews Search Committee 3/14/17
Conduct Skype interviews with applicants Search Committee 3/20/17
Choose candidates to visit in home congregations Search Committee 3/20/17
Prepare for visits to home congregations

 

Search Committee 3/22/17
Visit candidates in home congregations

 

Search Committee Completed
Choose top two final candidates

 

Search Committee Completed
Submit final candidates to Bishop’s office and Vestry Cathy Sligh Completed
Receive approval of final candidates from Bishop Canon d’Rue Hazel / Bishop Waldo Completed
Prepare for finalists to visit St. Bart’s to meet with Vestry Vestry/Search Committee Completed
Vestry interviews and selects top candidate for rector of St. Bart’s Vestry Completed
Finalist, Sr. Warden & Search Chair meet with Bishop Finalist, Sr. Warden, Search Chair, Bishop Waldo Completed
Vestry notifies Bishop’s office of final candidate selection Sr. Warden Completed
Create Letter of Agreement between Bishop, Vestry, and Rector Vestry, Bishop, Rector Completed
Announce new Rector Sr. Warden / Vestry  Completed

 

Rector Search Action List Updated April 19, 2017

RECTOR SEARCH ACTION LIST

 

TASK PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE DATE COMPLETED
Attend Search Committee Training Search Committee and Canon d’Rue Hazel 11/30/16
Create OTM Portfolio Search Committee 1/16/17
Submit OTM Portfolio to diocese Cathy Sligh 1/16/17
Publish OTM Portfolio on Diocesan website to advertise rector opening Canon d’Rue Hazel 1/23/17
Create Church Profile Search Committee 1/16/17
Revise St. Bart’s website to include Church Profile Cathy Sligh, Terrie Lehi 1/23/17
Accept applications from potential candidates until March 15 Canon d’Rue Hazel Completed
Prepare questions for telephone/Skype interviews Search Committee 2/27/17
Conduct red flag checks on applicants Canon d’Rue Hazel Completed
Bishop approves current applicants to present to St. Bart’s (March 9) Bishop Waldo 3/9/17
Search Committee meets with Canon Hazel on March 9 to receive list of current candidates and credentials Canon d’Rue Hazel and Search Committee 3/9/17
Review applications, choose candidates to interview via Skype, and schedule interviews Search Committee 3/14/17
Conduct Skype interviews with applicants Search Committee 3/20/17
Choose candidates to visit in home congregations Search Committee 3/20/17
Prepare for visits to home congregations

 

Search Committee 3/22/17
Visit candidates in home congregations

 

Search Committee Completed
Choose top two final candidates

 

Search Committee Completed
Submit final candidates to Bishop’s office and Vestry Cathy Sligh Completed
Receive approval of final candidates from Bishop Canon d’Rue Hazel / Bishop Waldo Completed
Prepare for finalists to visit St. Bart’s to meet with Vestry Vestry/Search Committee
Vestry interviews and selects top candidate for rector of St. Bart’s Vestry
Finalist, Sr. Warden & Search Chair meet with Bishop Finalist, Sr. Warden, Search Chair, Bishop Waldo
Vestry notifies Bishop’s office of final candidate selection Sr. Warden
Create Letter of Agreement between Bishop, Vestry, and Rector Vestry, Bishop, Rector
Announce new Rector Sr. Warden / Vestry

 

Rector Search Action List Updated March 23, 2017

RECTOR SEARCH ACTION LIST

 

TASK PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE DATE COMPLETED
Attend Search Committee Training Search Committee and Canon d’Rue Hazel 11/30/16
Create OTM Portfolio Search Committee 1/16/17
Submit OTM Portfolio to diocese Cathy Sligh 1/16/17
Publish OTM Portfolio on Diocesan website to advertise rector opening Canon d’Rue Hazel 1/23/17
Create Church Profile Search Committee 1/16/17
Revise St. Bart’s website to include Church Profile Cathy Sligh, Terrie Lehi 1/23/17
Accept applications from potential candidates until March 15 Canon d’Rue Hazel In progress
Prepare questions for telephone/Skype interviews Search Committee 2/27/17
Conduct red flag checks on applicants Canon d’Rue Hazel In progress
Bishop approves current applicants to present to St. Bart’s (March 9) Bishop Waldo 3/9/17
Search Committee meets with Canon Hazel on March 9 to receive list of current candidates and credentials Canon d’Rue Hazel and Search Committee 3/9/17
Review applications, choose candidates to interview via Skype, and schedule interviews Search Committee 3/14/17
Conduct Skype interviews with applicants Search Committee 3/20/17
Choose candidates to visit in home congregations Search Committee 3/20/17
Prepare for visits to home congregations

 

Search Committee 3/22/17
Visit candidates in home congregations

 

Search Committee In progress
Choose top two final candidates

 

Search Committee  
Submit final candidates to Bishop’s office and Vestry Cathy Sligh  
Conduct full background checks on final candidates Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Receive approval of final two candidates from Bishop Canon d’Rue Hazel / Bishop Waldo  
Prepare for finalists to visit St. Bart’s to meet with Vestry Search Committee  
Finalist and Sr. Warden meet with Bishop Finalist, Sr. Warden, Bishop Waldo  
Vestry selects top candidate for rector of St. Bart’s Sr. Warden  
Vestry notifies Bishop’s office of final candidate selection Sr. Warden  
Create Letter of Agreement between Bishop, Vestry, and Rector Vestry, Bishop, Rector  
Announce new Rector Sr. Warden / Vestry  
     

 

 

Rector Search Action List Updated March 15, 2017

RECTOR SEARCH ACTION LIST

 

TASK PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE DATE COMPLETED
Attend Search Committee Training Search Committee and Canon d’Rue Hazel 11/30/16
Create OTM Portfolio Search Committee 1/16/17
Submit OTM Portfolio to diocese Cathy Sligh 1/16/17
Publish OTM Portfolio on Diocesan website to advertise rector opening Canon d’Rue Hazel 1/23/17
Create Church Profile Search Committee 1/16/17
Revise St. Bart’s website to include Church Profile Cathy Sligh, Terrie Lehi 1/23/17
Accept applications from potential candidates until March 15 Canon d’Rue Hazel In progress
Prepare questions for telephone/Skype interviews Search Committee 2/27/17
Conduct red flag checks on applicants Canon d’Rue Hazel In progress
Bishop approves current applicants to present to St. Bart’s (March 9) Bishop Waldo 3/9/17
Search Committee meets with Canon Hazel on March 9 to receive list of current candidates and credentials Canon d’Rue Hazel and Search Committee 3/9/17
Review applications, choose candidates to interview via Skype, and schedule interviews Search Committee 3/14/17
Conduct Skype interviews with applicants Search Committee In progress
Choose candidates to visit in home congregations Search Committee  
Prepare for visits to home congregations Search Committee  
Visit candidates in home congregations (Teams of 3) Search Committee  
Choose top two final candidates Search Committee  
Submit final candidates to Bishop’s office and Vestry Cathy Sligh  
Conduct full background checks on final candidates Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Receive approval of final two candidates from Bishop Canon d’Rue Hazel / Bishop Waldo  
Prepare for finalists to visit St. Bart’s to meet with Vestry Search Committee  
Finalist and Sr. Warden meet with Bishop Finalist, Sr. Warden, Bishop Waldo  
Vestry selects top candidate for rector of St. Bart’s Sr. Warden  
Vestry notifies Bishop’s office of final candidate selection Sr. Warden  
Create Letter of Agreement between Bishop, Vestry, and Rector Vestry, Bishop, Rector  
Announce new Rector Sr. Warden / Vestry  
     

 

Rector Search Action List 3/13/2017

RECTOR SEARCH ACTION LIST

TASK PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE DATE COMPLETED
Attend Search Committee Training Search Committee and Canon d’Rue Hazel 11/30/16
Create OTM Portfolio Search Committee 1/16/17
Submit OTM Portfolio to diocese Cathy Sligh 1/16/17
Publish OTM Portfolio on Diocesan website to advertise rector opening Canon d’Rue Hazel 1/23/17
Create Church Profile Search Committee 1/16/17
Revise St. Bart’s website to include Church Profile Cathy Sligh, Terrie Lehi 1/23/17
Accept applications from potential candidates until March 15 Canon d’Rue Hazel In progress
Prepare questions for telephone/Skype interviews Search Committee 2/27/17
Conduct red flag checks on applicants (How do they relate to Bishop and congregation? Would you hire them? Etc.) Canon d’Rue Hazel In progress
Bishop approves current applicants to present to St. Bart’s (March 9) Bishop Waldo 3/9/17
Search Committee meets with Canon Hazel on March 9 to receive list of current candidates and credentials Canon d’Rue Hazel and Search Committee 3/9/17
Review applications and choose candidates to interview Search Committee In progress
Conduct telephone/Skype interviews with applicants Search Committee
Choose candidates to visit in home congregations Search Committee
Prepare for visits to home congregations Search Committee
Visit candidates in home congregations (Teams of 3) Search Committee
Choose top two final candidates Search Committee
Submit final candidates to Bishop’s office and Vestry Cathy Sligh
Conduct full background checks on final candidates Canon d’Rue Hazel
Receive approval of final two candidates from Bishop Canon d’Rue Hazel / Bishop Waldo
Prepare for finalists to visit St. Bart’s to meet with Vestry Search Committee
Finalist and Sr. Warden meet with Bishop Finalist, Sr. Warden, Bishop Waldo
Vestry selects top candidate for rector of St. Bart’s Sr. Warden
Vestry notifies Bishop’s office of final candidate selection Sr. Warden
Create Letter of Agreement between Bishop, Vestry, and Rector Vestry, Bishop, Rector
Announce new Rector Sr. Warden / Vestry

Rector Search Action List Updated 3.2.17

RECTOR SEARCH ACTION LIST

 

TASK PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE DATE COMPLETED
Attend Search Committee Training Search Committee and Canon d’Rue Hazel 11/30/16
Create OTM Portfolio Search Committee 1/16/17
Submit OTM Portfolio to diocese Cathy Sligh 1/16/17
Publish OTM Portfolio on Diocesan website to advertise rector opening Canon d’Rue Hazel 1/23/17
Create Church Profile Search Committee 1/16/17
Revise St. Bart’s website to include Church Profile Cathy Sligh, Terrie Lehi 1/23/17
Accept applications from potential candidates (1 month) until March 8 Canon d’Rue Hazel In progress
Prepare questions for telephone/Skype interviews Search Committee 2/27/17
Conduct red flag checks on applicants (How do they relate to Bishop and congregation? Would you hire them? Etc.) Canon d’Rue Hazel In progress
Bishop approves applicants (5–7) to present to St. Bart’s (March 9) Bishop Waldo  
Search Committee meets with Canon Hazel on March 9 to receive list of candidates and credentials Canon d’Rue Hazel and Search Committee  
Review applications and choose candidates to interview Search Committee  
Conduct telephone/Skype interviews with applicants Search Committee  
Choose candidates to visit in home congregations Search Committee  
Prepare for visits to home congregations Search Committee  
Visit candidates in home congregations (Teams of 3) Search Committee  
Choose at least two final candidates Search Committee  
Submit final candidates to Bishop’s office and Vestry Cathy Sligh  
Conduct full background checks on final candidates Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Receive approval of final two candidates from Bishop Canon d’Rue Hazel / Bishop Waldo  
Prepare for finalists to visit St. Bart’s to meet with Vestry Search Committee  
Finalist and Sr. Warden meet with Bishop Finalist, Sr. Warden, Bishop Waldo  
Vestry selects top candidate for rector of St. Bart’s Sr. Warden  
Vestry notifies Bishop’s office of final candidate selection Sr. Warden  
Create Letter of Agreement between Bishop, Vestry, and Rector Vestry, Bishop, Rector  
Announce new Rector Sr. Warden / Vestry  
     

 

Rector Search Action List Updated 2/6/17

RECTOR SEARCH ACTION LIST

 

TASK PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE DATE COMPLETED
Attend Search Committee Training Search Committee and Canon d’Rue Hazel 11/30/16
Create OTM Portfolio Search Committee 1/16/17
Submit OTM Portfolio to diocese Cathy Sligh 1/16/17
Publish OTM Portfolio on Diocesan website to advertise rector opening Canon d’Rue Hazel 1/23/17
Create Church Profile Search Committee 1/16/17
Revise St. Bart’s website to include Church Profile Cathy Sligh, Terrie Lehi 1/23/17
Accept applications from potential candidates (1 month) until Feb. 26 Canon d’Rue Hazel In progress
Prepare questions for telephone/Skype interviews Search Committee In progress
Conduct red flag checks on applicants (How do they relate to Bishop and congregation? Would you hire them? Etc.) (2 weeks) Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Bishop approves applicants (5–10) to present to St. Bart’s Bishop Waldo  
Search Committee meets with Canon Hazel on March 9 to receive list of candidates and credentials Canon d’Rue Hazel and Search Committee  
Review applications and choose candidates to interview Search Committee  
Meet with Canon Hazel 6 weeks after OTM Portfolio is advertised Search Committee, Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Conduct telephone/Skype interviews with applicants Search Committee  
Choose candidates to visit in home congregations Search Committee  
Prepare for visits to home congregations Search Committee  
Visit candidates in home congregations (Teams of 3) Search Committee  
Choose at least two final candidates Search Committee  
Submit final candidates to Bishop’s office and Vestry Cathy Sligh  
Conduct full background checks on final candidates Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Receive approval of final two candidates from Bishop Canon d’Rue Hazel / Bishop Waldo  
Prepare for finalists to visit St. Bart’s to meet with Vestry Search Committee  
Finalist and Sr. Warden meet with Bishop Finalist, Sr. Warden, Bishop Waldo  
Vestry selects top candidate for rector of St. Bart’s Sr. Warden  
Vestry notifies Bishop’s office of final candidate selection Sr. Warden  
Create Letter of Agreement between Bishop, Vestry, and Rector Vestry, Bishop, Rector  
Announce new Rector Sr. Warden / Vestry  

 

Rector Search Action List Updated 1/21/17

RECTOR SEARCH ACTION LIST

TASK PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE DATE COMPLETED
Attend Search Committee Training Search Committee and Canon d’Rue Hazel 11/30/16
Create OTM Portfolio Search Committee 1/16/17
Submit OTM Portfolio to diocese Cathy Sligh 1/16/17
Publish OTM Portfolio on Diocesan website to advertise rector opening Canon d’Rue Hazel 1/23/17
Create Church Profile Search Committee 1/16/17
Revise St. Bart’s website to include Church Profile Cathy Sligh, Terrie Lehi 1/23/17
Accept applications from potential candidates (1 month) Canon d’Rue Hazel
Prepare questions for telephone/Skype interviews Search Committee
Conduct red flag checks on applicants (How do they relate to Bishop and congregation? Would you hire them? Etc.) (2 weeks) Canon d’Rue Hazel
Bishop approves applicants (5–10) to present to St. Bart’s Bishop Waldo
Review applications and choose candidates to interview Search Committee
Meet with Canon Hazel 6 weeks after OTM Portfolio is advertised Search Committee, Canon d’Rue Hazel
Conduct telephone/Skype interviews with applicants Search Committee
Choose candidates to visit in home congregations Search Committee
Prepare for visits to home congregations Search Committee
Visit candidates in home congregations (Teams of 3) Search Committee
Choose at least two final candidates Search Committee
Submit final candidates to Bishop’s office and Vestry Cathy Sligh
Conduct full background checks on final candidates Canon d’Rue Hazel
Receive approval of final two candidates from Bishop Canon d’Rue Hazel / Bishop Waldo
Prepare for finalists to visit St. Bart’s to meet with Vestry Search Committee
Finalists and Sr. Warden meet with Bishop Finalists, Sr. Warden, Bishop Waldo
Vestry selects top candidate for rector of St. Bart’s Sr. Warden
Vestry notifies Bishop’s office of final candidate selection Sr. Warden
Create Letter of Agreement between Bishop, Vestry, and Rector Vestry, Bishop, Rector
Announce new Rector Sr. Warden / Vestry

 

Saint Bartholomews Rector Search Action List

 

RECTOR SEARCH ACTION LIST

TASK PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE DATE COMPLETED
Attend Search Committee Training Search Committee and Canon d’Rue Hazel 11/30/16
Create OTM Portfolio Search Committee 12/11/16
Submit OTM Portfolio to diocese Cathy Sligh  
Publish OTM Portfolio on Diocesan website to advertise rector opening Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Create Church Profile Search Committee  
Revise St. Bart’s website to include Church Profile Cathy Sligh, Terrie Lehi  
Accept applications from potential candidates (1 month) Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Prepare questions for telephone/Skype interviews Search Committee  
Conduct red flag checks on applicants (How do they relate to Bishop and congregation? Would you hire them? Etc.) (2 weeks) Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Bishop approves applicants (5–10) to present to St. Bart’s Bishop Waldo  
Review applications and choose candidates to interview Search Committee  
Meet with Canon Hazel 6 weeks after OTM Portfolio is advertised Search Committee, Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Conduct telephone/Skype interviews with applicants Search Committee  
Choose candidates to visit in home congregations Search Committee  
Prepare for visits to home congregations Search Committee  
Visit candidates in home congregations (Teams of 3) Search Committee  
Choose at least two final candidates Search Committee  
Submit final candidates to Bishop’s office and Vestry Cathy Sligh  
Conduct full background checks on final candidates Canon d’Rue Hazel  
Receive approval of final two candidates from Bishop Canon d’Rue Hazel / Bishop Waldo  
Prepare for finalists to visit St. Bart’s to meet with Vestry Search Committee  
Finalists and Sr. Warden meet with Bishop Finalists, Sr. Warden, Bishop Waldo  
Vestry selects top candidate for rector of St. Bart’s Sr. Warden  
Vestry notifies Bishop’s office of final candidate selection Sr. Warden  
Create Letter of Agreement between Bishop, Vestry, and Rector Vestry, Bishop, Rector  
Announce new Rector Sr. Warden / Vestry