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.

  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

    Location: Harrisburg, Ilinois

    Position: Part-time vicar/priest-in-charge

    Parish Profile

    St. Stephen’s is a small, tight community of faith that has seen changes through the years. Started in 1978 by five couples who met in each other’s homes, it was sanctioned by the diocese in 1980. 

    Our congregation comes from many different communities, representing five counties surrounding Harrisburg. Most of the counties in Southern Illinois are sparsely populated and many of the lower sixteen counties have very low population because of the Shawnee National Forest. However, The Shawnee National Forest draws many tourists and offers many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and ATV riding. Due to its proximity, the city of Harrisburg uses the tagline, “Harrisburg, Gateway to the Shawnee National Forest.” Another area of interest near Harrisburg is Southern Illinois University. Harrisburg is only twenty- five miles from Marion, IL and forty-one miles from Carbondale, IL, which is home to the Southern Illinois University. SIU offers many cultural and sporting events, like most major universities which is another enhancement to St. Stephens.

  • The Episcopal parish of alton (St. paul's & trinity chapel)

    Location: Alton, Illinois

    Position: Rector

    Parish Profile


    The Episcopal Parish of Alton, Illinois, is seeking a full-time Rector. Located about 30 minutes north of downtown St. Louis, Alton is a historic river town nestled among the scenic bluffs along the Mississippi River. The parish includes two worship sites, St. Paul’s Church (established 1836) and Trinity Chapel (established 1870).  

Our members volunteer a significant amount of time towards the success of the parish through our many varied groups and outreach programs. We recognize the importance of our mission to bring Christ to the community and find ways of having fun while doing it! We desire a pastor who will lead regular worship services at both St. Paul's Church and Trinity Chapel, deliver engaging sermons that connect Christian teachings to contemporary life, and foster a sense of spiritual growth and community among parishioners. The parish seeks someone blessed with the requisite priestly skills in pastoral care and a desire to build and maintain positive relationships within the congregation and the broader community. Candidates should have excellent communication skills, a love for education of all ages, and the skills required to be a catalyst for church growth. 

To find out more about us, please visit our website: To apply for the position, contact Canon Mark Evans at

  • St. John the Baptist episcopal church

    Location: Mt. Carmel, IL

    Position: Rector



    St. John the Baptist in Mount Carmel, Illinois, is a financially stable congregation of generous, caring, and welcoming people. Mount Carmel is centrally located between several major cultural centers. The town is two hours from St. Louis, Missouri, two hours from Louisville, Kentucky, two-and-a-half hours from Indianapolis, Indiana, four hours from Nashville, Tennessee, and four-and-a-half hours from Chicago, Illinois.

    The majority of our members are involved in the ministry of our church, sharing their time, treasures, and talents with our community. Our parish is looking for a priest who is a visionary—someone who is capable of dreaming big, making a plan to achieve that dream, and then following through. We are looking for a priest who is business-capable and well-versed in finance and the administration of endowments. We’re looking for a priest who is knowledgeable in the Scripture and pastoral in his care of our congregation. Lastly, we are looking for a priest who is an evangelist and is dedicated to the growth and vibrancy of our church.