WAKEFIELD - Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Wakefield has welcomed the Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury as Interim Priest. Her appointment by the church’s vestry follows the departure of the Rev. Matthew P. Cadwell, Ph.D., after 12 years of ministry in Wakefield.
“I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the rich history of this parish which has served the greater Wakefield community for over 150 years,” the Rev. Bradbury said. She currently leads the church’s weekly virtual worship via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, along with the Rev. Holly Hartman, Deacon, and Michael P. Salvatore, Director of Music. Worship services are also available on Emmanuel’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
“We are delighted to have Rev. Bradbury join us to serve as our spiritual leader and guide us through this period of transition as we prepare to call a new, permanent rector to our church.” The process for calling a rector usually takes several years. A lay Search Committee is currently being formed.
A Lowell resident, the Rev. Bradbury has recently served in similar interim roles at Trinity Church in Melrose (2020) and St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sudbury (2018-2020), and as permanent Rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms (2013-2018) and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in North Andover (2007-2013). In addition, she is a founding member of the North Shore Contemplative Circle and served as Chaplain at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH (2008-2013).
“People often think that times of transition are challenging, but from my experience they are more often than not times of significant growth and discovery,” said the Rev. Bradbury, who has a strong record of helping parishes move forward during transition, increasing pledging, creating new programs, and thinking creatively about new ways of doing things. Since arriving at Emmanuel, she has organized several in-person worship opportunities, including a beautiful outdoor candlelight Christmas Eve service, and holds a weekly “No Fear” Bible Study on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.emmanuelwakefield.org or call the church office at 781-245-1374.
“The Rev. Bradbury is a gifted preacher, spiritual pastor, and skilled administrator,” said Co-Warden Tim Green, noting the difficulties of taking on a leadership role of this kind during the ongoing public health crisis. “Even under these circumstances, I am amazed at how quickly she has been able to integrate herself into the parish and get to know the position and the people.”
The Rev. Bradbury holds a Master of Divinity from the Yale Divinity School, a Certificate of Anglican Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School, both located in New Haven, CT, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. She was ordained to the Diaconate in 1996 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and to the Priesthood in 1997 at the Church of the Redeemer, both located in Baltimore, MD, and has been active in the dioceses of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland, as well as the Convocation of Churches in Europe, where she served in Lithuania.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church is a diverse, welcoming, mission-driven, and sacramental faith community, located at the corner of Main and Bryant streets. The church celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2020.