Our Vicar, The Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne, has accepted a new call to serve as Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis. His last day with Good Samaritan will be Sunday, November 29.

Transition Timeline

October 2020

Wardens work with Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Canon Kristin White, and diocesan staff to: 

  • Invite guest clergyperson(s) to serve at our services in December 2020 and early January 2021.

  • Prepare a job description for our new Vicar that emphasizes Good Samaritan’s next steps in development and the skills needed, along with our values focused on service and inclusion that make us unique in our community. 

  • Prepare a 2021 budget for Good Samaritan that includes generous giving from members of the Good Samaritan community to match the Diocese’s giving in paying for our new Vicar’s salary.

November/December 2020

Bishop Jennifer and her staff conduct a national search for our next Vicar, whom Bishop Jennifer will appoint in consultation with our Bishop’s Committee.

November 29, 2020

Father Gray’s last Sunday. Online farewell activities and a Drive-by Goodbye Parade at Harris Academy from 1-2 p.m. Find out how to participate and what to bring here.

December 2020/January 2021

The Rev. Dr. Amy Lindeman Allen will be our guest clergyperson during the month of December 2020, and if needed, in January 2021. Dr. Allen is a professor of New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, with a particular academic interest in children and the Gospels. She is a dynamic preacher and has visited Good Sam's as a guest preacher and presider several times before. As a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA), Dr. Allen will be licensed by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows to serve in the Episcopal Church under the provisions of the Episcopal-Lutheran Full Communion Concordat. She is a Brownsburg resident and is the spouse of The Rev. Erik Allen, who is pastor at our partner, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Early 2021

Our new Vicar arrives!

Frequently Asked Questions

A Dean and Rector is the senior pastor of a cathedral congregation. The title is a historical holdover from the Episcopal Church’s connection with the Church of England.

 There are two reasons: First, because Good Samaritan is a new church, we are still a mission congregation, meaning we are a direct extension of the Bishop’s ministry as we continue to mature and grow. We are grateful that the Diocese supports us financially, paying 72% of our priest’s salary and benefits as we gradually work toward self-sufficiency by continuing to grow in our membership and stewardship giving. The other reason is that we’ve learned from other healthy new churches like ours that a short, focused transition from the founding priest to the second priest is a crucial developmental step. A search process, which can sometimes take a year or more, would take too much time, focus, and energy away from our continued call to be present in our community, to invite and welcome newcomers into our ministry, and to focus on our mission.

Bishop Jennifer, Canon Kristin White, our Wardens, and Father Gray have been collaborating with each other for quite some time on his possible transition. Since the Diocese and Bishop Jennifer have been so involved with, generously supportive of, and encouraging of our ministry for the last five years, they know well the personality, characteristics, and missional priorities of Good Samaritan. Bishop Jennifer and her staff are eager to appoint a priest who will continue our work and ministry and who will enhance our best traits and who will help us deepen our common vision and mission.

No. We don’t anticipate any other staff changes at this time. We are grateful for their continued leadership during the transition and look forward to their collaboration with our new priest.

Our Wardens, Kevin Samples and Erin Tanner, will work with our staff and guest clergy to ensure a seamless day-to-day operation of Good Sam’s before our new priest arrives. Our Bishop’s Committee, our governing body, continues to provide oversight and direction for our ministry and will meet in December and January as scheduled.

No. Our Bishop’s Committee terms are fixed by our by-laws, as are the terms of our Wardens. Those terms expire with the Annual Meeting on January 31, 2021. Our Bishop’s Committee and Wardens have already been preparing to welcome two new members to the Committee in February 2021 to replace our retiring members. At that time, the Bishop’s Committee will also elect two members to serve as Wardens through 2021.

We continue to make good progress and the project continues without interruption, led by our devoted Bishop’s Committee. We now have letters of interest in hand from nine fantastic nonprofit partners, and we are meeting with potential demonstration grantors in November. If you have questions, concerns or ideas, or if you want to participate, please contact the Wardens.

While Father Gray deeply values the friendship of everyone at Good Samaritan, after he leaves in November, he will no longer serve as our pastor or priest. This is part of the normal, healthy growth process of a new church and part of a normal, healthy clergy transition. Bishop Baskerville-Burrows expects Gray to adhere to the following pastoral norms of a clergyperson leaving a congregation:

  • It will no longer be Gray’s role to officiate at Good Samaritan’s worship services, or at any baptisms, weddings, or funerals of Good Samaritan’s members. 

  • He will only return to Good Samaritan at the invitation of his successor, and then, he will attend as our former pastor. 

  • He is not involved with the appointment process of his successor and won’t be offering opinions about candidates to Bishop Jennifer or her staff. 

It is not appropriate for Gray to discuss any congregational business after he leaves, nor should we consult him about such business. Instead, when we have concerns/questions/ideas/comments, we will take them to our new priest and to our Wardens and Bishop’s Committee.

In addition to the wonderful retired ecumenical clergy in our congregation who are glad to provide pastoral care, we have made arrangements with several neighboring Episcopal clergy to be on-call in December. If you have a need of pastoral care, please be in touch with our Senior Warden Kevin Samples at 317-431-6644, who will connect you with the clergy-on-call.

First, pray! A good prayer to use is below. Continue to pray with us week by week and offer the gift of your presence. Attend our virtual worship services and activities to keep our momentum and energy going. Second, give generously. If you haven’t already done so, make a commitment to giving for 2021 so that we can budget accordingly and have the resources to welcome our new priest. Third, prepare to welcome the new priest. It is perfectly appropriate to invite them to coffee, a Zoom chat (who knows where the pandemic will be in January?), or a “welcome to the neighborhood” phone call. Let them know what is important to you about Good Sam’s and how you’re able to help.

Our Wardens, Kevin Samples and Erin Tanner, are glad to hear from you. Email them here.

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a new Vicar for our congregation, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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