The Rev. Matthew R. Johnson has taken the rector’s position at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Johnson held his first service there March 23, a release says. He was named to the position in January following a year-long search to replace Scott White, who now is at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville.
“It was Johnson’s ability to mix a strong educational and liturgical background with a wonderful sense of humor that made him the perfect candidate for the position,” the release says. “Johnson couples a wealth of theological knowledge and lifelong affiliation with the Episcopal Church with an outgoing personality and a mesmerizing presentation style. Additionally, Johnson possesses a long history of community outreach, strong pastoral skills and an uncanny ability to make everyone feel welcome.”
Before coming to Rocky Mount, Johnson served as associate rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va, and earlier as assistant rector at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, Va.
He earned bachelor’s degrees in English and music from William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a master’s of divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York City.
He and his wife, Katharina, have a daughter, Elli, and are expecting a second child in September.
The Church of the Good Shepherd was formed in 1854 and moved in 1860 to its current location at 231 N. Church St.
For information, call 442-1134 or go to goodshepherdrmt.org.