The Search Is Over


The Rector Search Committee and Trinity Vestry are pleased to announce the arrival of the Rev. Dr. Richard Laribee as the next rector of Trinity Church. He will begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Father Laribee has served as senior pastor and rector since 1980 for congregations in Kansas, Texas, California, New York and Maryland. Recently, he invested two years in the Middle East, where he researched religious and cultural connections and conflicts among Christians and Muslims. His home base was the American University of Iraq, where he taught world religions and western civilization.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from The King’s College, Briarcliff Manor; a master of theology degree from Dallas (Texas) Theological Seminary; a CITS (certificate for individual theological studies) in Anglican studies from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas, and a doctor of ministry degree in congregational development from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.

He and his wife Jeanne’s passion for exploring ancient historical, cultural and religious sites has helped him find and understand new opportunities for the future – by understanding the ways and stories of the past.  They have pursued this passion all over the world, exploring and photographing the Nile temples of the Pharaohs; Daoist temples on the five holy mountains in China; temples of the gods of Greece and Rome; Biblical sites of Abraham, the prophets and Jesus; sacred places in Wales and Scotland; major sites in the history of Islam and Christianity, as well as Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic, and Anglican shrines both in America and abroad.

Father Laribee’s primary interest is fostering the spiritual development of people in community, especially through classic Christian practices of praying together, learning together, worshipping together, problem-solving together and working together.  He has lectured on emerging Christianity in America and is working on a book about following the ways of Jesus to foster spiritual awakening, insight and personal growth, both for Christians and other seekers.

He enjoys sailing, scuba, films, motorcycling and puns.  He and Jeanne have three daughters, Sarah, a youth pastor in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Rachel, a college administrator in Iraq, and Elizabeth, an artist and events planner in Harrisburg, Pa.

Father Laribee’s first service will be a combined service of Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. A special coffee hour will follow in Mascherry Parish Center, hosted by the Transition Team, to welcome the Laribees.

Additionally, several small-group “meet and greet” social hours have been scheduled for the second week of September.

Father Laribee will be introduced to community leaders at a special open house and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

A Celebration of New Ministry is set for Wednesday, Oct. 17.