The Rev. Robert Honeychurch has been appointed congregational vitality program officer for the Episcopal Church, beginning September 1, according to the Rev. Suzanne E. Watson, director of the Evangelism and Congregational Life Center.
He will be based at the new Omaha regional office, and will work with small congregations (defined as those with an average Sunday attendance of 70 people or fewer). Among his responsibilities will be administration of the Small Membership Churches blog.
Honeychurch currently serves as rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Fremont, California, and is an adjunct instructor in Parish Leadership at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley.
Prior to being called to St. James’ in 2001, Honeychurch and his wife, the Rev. Sylvia Sweeney, served as co-rectors of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho, beginning in 1992. During that time he was also a regional missioner for the Diocese of Idaho, serving Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation for two years. He also served twice as an interim pastor at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls.
A native of Montana, Honeychurch began his ordained ministry in 1984. He was co-vicar of two mission churches in the Diocese of Montana -- St. Luke’s in Libby, and Holy Trinity in Troy -- from 1984 to 1992.
Honeychurch received a B.S. degree in education from Montana State University in 1979, an M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1984, and a D.Min in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western in 1999.