St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Mountain View has named a new rector to serve the congregation, Nathan Speck-Ewer, a 31-year-old graduate of Yale Divinity School.
Speck-Ewer replaces Rev. Kevin Phillips, who served the church for 12 years. Search committee members said they are confident Speck-Ewer can continue Phillips' legacy of growth. The congregation has burgeoned from an average of 60 attendees in 1994 to 300 in 2006, with young families making up a large part of the demographic.
"I believe lightning is about to strike at St. Tim's again," said search committee member Jennifer Ezell. "I am looking forward to being part of the Holy Spirit's plans for us."
The leadership at St. Timothy's said they hope to keep in touch with the younger generation while continuing to minister to all age groups. Speck-Ewer said he will emphasize further growing the church's active ministry to young families and reaching out to Silicon Valley 20-somethings who are finding that no matter how challenging and exciting their work is, the workplace does not fulfill their need for community and spiritual meaning.
Speck-Ewer said he is excited to join the church. "God is alive and working in this area through St. Tim's - through St. Tim's strong leaders, great worship and spiritual depth," he said. "It's a treat for me to unite with St. Tim's and discover what God's dreams are for us in this new time."
Speck-Ewer was born and raised in Arkansas. He and his wife, April, have a 1-year-old daughter, Eva, and are relocating to the Bay Area from New Haven, Conn., where he was associate pastor at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green.
Speck-Ewer will be installed as the new rector 7 p.m. Thursday.
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church is located at 2094 Grant Road. For more information, call 967-4724 or visit www.sttims.org.