The vestry is pleased to introduce The Reverend David Bateman who will serve as Interim at St. Edward’s during the search process for a permanent priest.
Rev. Bateman has 25 years experience in pastoral ministry. For the last nine years, he has served exclusively in Interim ministry with congregations going through major transitions, particularly those having had long term rectors. Among the parishes he has served are St. Andrews in York; St. John’s Episcopal in Carlisle; St Paul’s Bloomsburg; St. Luke’s, Altoona; and Mt. Calvary, Camp Hill. Prior to his Interim ministry, he served in various parishes in Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Rev. Bateman earned a B. A. degree in Political Science at Kenyon College in 1976 and completed his Master of Divinity at Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, WI in 1987.
Among Rev. Bateman’s areas of interest and expertise are: understanding of transitional ministry, preaching, special background emphasis in adult formation and education, training and background in church vocal music, and creative problem solving. He is co-author and developer of “Come and Worship,” a Sunday morning parish Liturgy of the Word for children that is now in use in congregations across the country.
Reverend Bateman and his wife Diane Johnson reside in Harrisburg. His first Sunday at St. Edward’s will be January 20, 2019.