St. John’s Episcopal announces interim rector

Published 2:43 pm Friday, January 15, 2010

This Sunday will be significant in the life of St. John’s Episcopal Church when the congregation welcomes as interim rector, the Rev. June Johnson, and her husband, Kent Failing, a computer consultant.

She was called as interim to lead the congregation in its transition and search for a rector after the seven-year tenure of the Rev. Jim Clendinen, who accepted a call in September to the Church of the Annunciation in Vidalia.

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception in the parish hall to welcome the new priest and her husband to historic St. John’s, known as “the little red door church” at 516 E. Broughton St.

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The Rev. Johnson earned a bachelor of music education from the University of Georgia, graduated in December with a master of divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

As a seminarian, she did clinical pastoral education work at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, was a chaplain intern, and worked at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church. She went to seminary from All Saints Episcopal Church at Tybee Island in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia.

She was ordained as a priest Aug. 20 at All Saints by Bishop Henry Louttit, who had ordained her as a transitional deacon Feb. 7, 2009, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany at the closing Eucharist of the annual Diocesan Convention.