June 27, 2016
Dear St. James Family,
With great joy we announced Sunday, June 26, The Reverend Denson F. Freeman, Jr. will become Rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Fairhope, Alabama. De and his wife Stephanie are parents of Logan (14), Dylan (11) and Emmie (7). De is no stranger to our area having grown up in Foley, Alabama. It is a bonus that the children will have their grandparents nearby at Magnolia River and Wolf Bay.
De has been Rector of the Chapel of Our Saviour in Colorado Springs, CO. since 2011. His first parish was in our diocese, Church of the Epiphany, Crestview, Florida, where he served as Rector, beginning in 2007. A 1993 graduate of Auburn University, with a B.A. in English Literature, De spent the next decade in business with Davco, Inc., Foley, Alabama, in various management positions. He graduated from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest with a Masters of Divinity degree in 2007. De has distinguished himself as a parish priest since seminary graduation. His leadership has encouraged growth in his previous parishes in attendance, stewardship, and spiritual vitality. The parishes also increased their commitment to outreach in the community. De served in leadership in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast while at Crestview and more recently in the Diocese of Colorado where he serves on the Standing Committee and the Executive Committee.
We give thanks to God for the prayers and dedication of the Rector Search Committee chaired by Bob Keyser. The Wardens and Vestry of St. James ask for your prayers for the Freeman family as they move to Fairhope and take their place in our community. May the Lord continue to bless us in this season of transition.
We look forward to their arrival and will be planning events where we can begin to get to know them. Please stay tuned for those announcements. In the meantime, write a note of welcome to Father De Freeman and his family, introducing yourself.
We give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit to continue to guide and direct the St. James parish family during the season of transition.
We give thanks for the Rector Search Committee chaired by Bob Keyser, their prayers, dedication, sacrifice and Godly discernment in listening to the Holy Spirit and the selection of a Rector to be a faithful shepherd for the parish family.
We are blessed by the steady hand and leadership of the Wardens and Vestry who have issued a call to the Reverend De Freeman to serve as Rector of St. James Fairhope.
We pray for Father Freeman and his family as they move to Fairhope and take their place in our faith community.
As a parish family, we give thanks this day that God has blessed us with new opportunities to love and serve the Lord and bring others to join us as we begin this new chapter with Father De Freeman as our Rector.
We ask God’s blessing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
Members of the Search Committee
Bob Keyser, Search Committee Chairman
Bill Goetter - Vestry Representative and Group Leader
Bud Doyle - Vestry Representative and Group Leader