The church communities of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Fort Dodge and Good Shepherd in Webster City are celebrating the call of a new rector, the Rev. Richard W. Graves, at 5 p.m. today at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with a renewal of ministry service.
The Right Rev. Alan Scarfe, bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, will officiate at the service, which is open to the public. A reception will follow.
On Sunday, the congregations will share an 11 a.m. service at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1100 Mary Lane, Webster City, with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and a blessing of the animals.
The congregations have had a covenant agreement to share a rector and mutual ministry since 1992. Graves has served as interim priest since July 2007.
He has a divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif., and studied pastoral theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Md.
His 18 years of full-time pastoral ministry includes 15 years as a rector/vicar in three congregations and eight years as headmaster of a pre-sixth grade parish school.
He has served as president and chief executive officer of The Wallace House Foundation and director of Leadership Iowa and the Excellence in Teaching Institute of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.