The Rev. Ken Brannon, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church for 12 years, has announced that he will leave to become vice rector of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas.

     His last Sunday will be Pentecost, June 9 (services at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.) and “The Ending of a Pastoral Relationship,” with the Rt. Rev. Brian Thom, bishop of Idaho, presiding, will be held the same evening at 7 p.m. 

     “These past twelve years have been among the best in my life,” Brannon said in an e-mail to parishioners. “It is quite inconceivable to imagine life without you, so I can only trust that God is calling my family and me forward in grace and wisdom, and for now, that is enough.”

     In a statement also sent to parishioners, Senior Warden Georgia Stewart wrote, “We all knew this time would come eventually, but it’s still sad to think about Father Ken and his family leaving St. Thomas. … While sad at their departure, we will be filled with gratitude for all that they have done for us at St. Thomas. They will have our support as they move on to the great new adventure to which they have been called.”

     The bishop and staff of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho have already begun assisting St. Thomas with the transition process. After Brannon leaves, an interim priest will be assigned to the parish and a search committee will begin the extended process to identify a new rector.

      “The Vestry and I are dedicated to a transparent, positive and faithful process,” Stewart said.

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