Transition Ministry

We welcome your interest and inquiries about vacancies in the Diocese. All inquiries about vacancies should be directed to the Reverend Canon Mark Evans, Canon to the Ordinary.

When there is a vacancy within the Diocese of Springfield a file is created for interested applicants. Interested applicants will send their personal OTM and resume to the Canon to the Ordinary, The Rev. Canon Mark Evans by email ( The Office of the Bishop will review applications and proceed with the appropriate communications.”

Current Openings in the Diocese

  • Emmanuel-memorial episcopal church

    Position: Full-time rector

    Location: Champaign, Illinois

    Parish Profile


    Emmanuel Memorial in Champaign, Illinois, a vibrant and long-respected parish, is seeking a welcoming spiritual leader who will invite all ages to experience the love of Jesus, is committed to outreach, and can work collaboratively with clergy, staff and laity. We prefer a priest who brings at least 5-8 years of experience as a rector or assistant rector and possesses personnel management, teaching, budgetary and strategic planning skills and embraces the beauty of worship and liturgy. We are looking for a rector who has an appreciation of a strong music program and who enjoys and encourages fellowship and fun.

    The twin cities of Champaign-Urbana in east central Illinois are nearly always listed as one of the top ten places to live in Illinois. We are conveniently located on interstates leading to Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. The highly ranked University of Illinois is located in Urbana-Champaign and both cities have award-winning park districts, and strong public and private schools. We also have highly recognized health centers, a variety of restaurants offering an array of diverse local and international cuisines, and a number of cultural, entertainment, and sports venues.

    Our church, known by many as “the church with the red doors”, is located in downtown Champaign and was designed by Ralph Adams Cram. The property includes a Great Hall and an adjacent two-story building with offices, classrooms and meeting spaces. Another wing, formerly a rectory, was badly damaged in a fire five years ago, is now completely restored with the space rented to a social service agency that focuses on helping families recover from trauma. Please note that more information can be found in the link to the parish profile.

    For inquires please contact Canon Mark Evans at

  • St. john's episcopal/ Redeemer Lutheran

    Location: Centralia, Illinois

    Position: Rector

    Parish Profile


    We are a small and active congregation. There are always volunteers ready and eager to help with new and existing ministries. Many lay members participate as lectors and assist at the altar. We have new members who have been excited to help with many lay roles. Because we are small, there is a lot of overlap across different ministries and outreach efforts. A leader who can help engage members and encourage them to take on responsibilities would help us become stronger. We have a Messy Church program that is multi-generational and includes craft activities, music, teaching, a shared meal and more. A member recently initiated a “Brown Bag Bible Bunch” ministry, which is a study group that focuses on

    everything from magazine articles, to books, to documentaries. We are eager to start holding a regular Evensong service and are discussing other ministries we want to begin. We are enthusiastic with lots of ideas and energy and want a priest who can jump in and help us develop our existing programs as well as successfully launch some of our other plans.

    St. John’s has been in common ministry with ELCA Church of the Redeemer, in Centralia, IL, since 2017. We share our clergy, building, a service/mass, our Vestry/Church Council meets as one body, as well as working together in ministries.

    We currently have one service a week at 11:30am on Sunday. We prefer Rite II services but most would be open to occasional Rite I services. It is important for us to include elements from both traditions in our Sunday service. This usually means using music from both hymnals, Lutheran prayers of the people, and Episcopal Eucharistic Prayer. There are some other elements that come from the Lutheran worship book such as prayers, but our service is mostly from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. We are open to conversations about how to best utilize both traditions.