The Historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located in downtown Flint, Michigan, announced today that it has called as its rector the Reverend Dan Scheid.
Fr. Scheid is a graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Chicago. He was ordained priest in 2006, and has served since then as Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Benton Harbor, MI.
Fr. Scheid succeeds the Reverend Barbara Cavin who was named St. Paul’s Priest-in-Charge upon the elevation of St. Paul’s then Rector, the Reverend Martin Field, to the position of Bishop in the Diocese of West Missouri.
Upon the appointment of Fr. Scheid, Dr. John Snell, Senior Warden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, said: “The Rector Search Committee was very impressed with the strong relationship Fr. Scheid built with the familiesof St. Augustine’s and also with the energy and excitement he brought to their liturgical celebrations.”
Former Michigan Lt. Governor John Cherry, Junior Warden at St. Paul’s, noted the strong background that Fr. Scheid developed in urban ministry during his pastoral career. Governor Cherry said, “Father Scheid’s experiences in Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Benton Harbor have led us to appreciate his compassion, understanding, and advocacy for those in need of a strong hand and an open heart. The community leadership he has exhibited in matters of social justice, racial harmony, and LGBT advocacy were important factors in our decision to call him to St. Paul’s.”
Fr. Scheid “is excited to share in the mission of St. Paul’s as the ‘Church with a Heart in the Heart of the City’ and to preach the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ – the Good News of God’s justice, mercy, and love.”
As Rector at St. Paul’s, Fr. Scheid will serve as both the Parish’s primary liturgical celebrant and as administrator of the Parish’s day to day
operations. St. Paul’s has a storied history in downtown Flint. The current church was first dedicated in 1873 and became the spiritual home of many of Flint’s most influential citizens, including C.S. Mott and otherfamiliar names such as Pierce, Pierson, Franklin, Fenton, McCreery, Atwood, Cummings, Thompson, Whaley, MacArthur, and many more.
Today it serves a diverse congregation active in both the arts and human services. Reverend Scheid and his wife Kate look forward to making the Flint community their new home.
We are a host church for
and a part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network. We are a founding member and continuing supporter of both Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministries, (direct-aid ministry) and Christ Enrichment Center, (an inner-city literacy center). We are also a founding member of Flint Area Congregations Together, (FACT), a confederation of Flint churches whose goal is to advance improvements in housing, health care and public safety in Genesee County. St. Paul’s parishioners
are active volunteers at St. Andrew’s
Soup Kitchen, the Food Bank of Eastern
Michigan and various activities at Christ
Ministry and Outreach
At St. Paul's, we believe that our work in justice and mercy are central to our call as Christians. We work to do this by providing for our neighbors in need and by working to transform the unjust structures of society through advocacy and education.
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