The Reverend Rebekah Hatch announced as ECCT Canon for Lay & Ordained Vocations

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The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) is pleased to welcome the Reverend Rebekah Hatch to serve as Canon for Lay & Ordained Vocations. In this newly created position for ECCT, the Rev. Hatch will oversee the care and support of Lay Ministries, Lifespan Formation, Safe Church, and assisting the bishops in supporting Ordained Vocations, including the ordination process.

Since 2015, the Rev. Hatch has served as Rector of St. Alban’s, Simsbury. While working at St. Alban’s, the Rev. Hatch became one of the original members of the Simsbury DEI Council, a town-appointed group committed to a more inclusive community.

The Rev. Hatch has also worked as ECCT’s Dean of Formation for the last two and half years. She has also served as the Seabury Canon to Aberdeen and Orkney, worked as a transition consultant with parishes, co-facilitated ECCT’s Recently Ordained Clergy group, served on the North Central Region leadership team, and been a part of the General Convention Deputation.

The Rev. Hatch’s ordained ministry has given her the opportunity to work alongside God’s people in parishes and in schools, designing and implementing curriculum and other opportunities for formation in a variety of settings. She is a co-founder of the Small Churches Big Impact Collective, which works to connect small church leaders through monthly virtual gatherings and a podcast; and to amplify the experience of smaller congregations and their leaders. Driving her ministry is a desire for all of us lean more into the connection to God we were all created with; and to empower one another in following Jesus–whatever that looks like for each of us!

The Rev. Hatch shares her life and living space with her spouse, Tony, their children, a one-eyed cat named Ziggy, one piano, an accordion, three guitars, and a homemade banjo.

The Rev. Hatch will officially begin her work as Canon for Lay & Ordained Vocations on May 13, 2024.

“After a church-wide search, it was clear that the Rev. Rebekah Hatch was the right candidate to help create this new position dedicated to supporting leaders across ECCT, both lay and ordained” says the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Mello, Bishop Diocesan. “The Rev. Hatch brings a curiosity and creativity to the position that is fed by her experience serving in the parish and her work across the church, particularly nourishing small church leaders.”

“Working with the Rev. Rebekah Hatch has been an absolute gift. She is a gifted teacher, leader, and pastor. The Rev. Hatch is also incredibly thoughtful about the formation needs of the church today,” says the Rt. Rev. Dr. Laura Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan. “In her new role as canon, she will be able to dig even deeper into this holy work and strengthen our witness and formation for lay and ordained vocations. This is indeed an Easter gift to us all!”

“I’m excited about stepping into this new role and for what lies ahead, even as I leave behind the beloved community of St. Alban’s, Simsbury, where I’ve had the joy of continuing to grow in our shared ministry,” says the Rev. Rebekah Hatch. “This work ahead brings together facets of formation and community building that excite me– and I look forward to sharing ministry with God’s people in ECCT.”