You are Most Welcome
At St. John’s, we strive to serve Christ Jesus through Worship, Study, and Community Activities (both inside our walls and outside our walls) in Grand County. Our goal is to show those around us that we live our faith; we don’t just talk about it. We also strive to follow the example Jesus set for us by welcoming the friend and the stranger to the table, loving all people as equals, and showing them respect in ways that make them feel whole.
Our New Priest!
It is with great pleasure that the vestry of St. John's/Cranmer Chapel, along with the Bishop's Committee of Trinity, Kremmling, announce the call of the Rev. Mark Ricker to be our new Priest-in-Charge.
Fr. Mark was ordained a priest in August of 2013 and comes to ordained ministry as a second calling. Prior to his training for ordination, Mark ran a contracting business for over thirty years, including coordinating the construction of churches. He still manages his business part-time. But now his primary focus has moved from building churches as a contractor to building churches as a pastor. Fr. Ricker also has experience as a volunteer chaplain for 12 years at a retirement center where he led Bible studies and provided pastoral care. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity, as well as served in food pantries and homeless kitchens/shelters.
Father Ricker is very community minded, extremely friendly and outgoing. He describes relational evangelism as a priority in his life and ministry and he finds our own emerging partnership with Trinity Church in Kremmling to be very exciting. He's looking forward to serving all three congregations of the Episcopal Church in Grand County and is brimming with ideas and excitement about how to help us enrich our churches and our ministries to our communities.
Join us for the Installation of Father Mark S. Ricker as Our New Priest
Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. there will be a special service to officially launch and bless the joint ministries of Father Mark Ricker and the people of St. John's, Granby; Cranmer Chapel, Winter Park; and Trinity Church, Kremmling. Father Mark joined us in mid-February and we've enjoyed getting to know each other. Join us as we make it official! Friends from neighboring churches in Grand County will assist with the service, as will Ann Flemming from our Diocesan Office. Ann oversees Transition Ministry and Congregational Development for the Episcopal Church in Colorado. She will deliver the homily during this celebration. The service will be followed by a potluck meal.