Cranbury, NJ, May 22, 2019 -- The Reverend Canon Karin R. Mitchell celebrated her last mass as full time Rector of Saint David’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 19th. Commemorative services were held at 9 and 11 a.m., each followed by a farewell reception, with Canon Mitchell’s family, many friends, and past and present parishioners of Saint David’s in attendance.
More than 250 people took part in the celebration, a testament to the strong affinity Saint David’s parishioners have for the woman who has been their full time Rector for the last 13 plus years. Senior Warden Deanna Emerson commented, “Today is a day to honor Mother Karin and give thanks for all of the many gifts she has brought to our parish and the greater community over the years. We are indeed blessed to have had such a caring, dedicated, and transformative spiritual leader. We wish her all the best in retirement and know whatever she does next, good things are sure to follow.”
The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, also reflected on Reverend Mitchell’s contributions. “Canon Karin Mitchell has not only served with excellence as Rector of Saint David’s, but she has been an outstanding leader for the Diocese of New Jersey,” Bishop Stokes said. “Among her many contributions she has facilitated Fresh Start for Clergy in new cures and positions, served as Dean of the Trenton Convocation, and as Intake Officer for our Title IV disciplinary process. I have counted on Karin as a trusted advisor and wish her and David every blessing as they begin this new phase of their life and ministries,” he continued.
Under Reverend Mitchell’s leadership, Saint David’s Church has flourished. Among her many accomplishments, she led the growing membership to develop a vision, and worked with the vestry and buildings team on the expansion of Saint David’s worship space and classrooms, as well as the addition of a multi-purpose room. This physical enhancement has enabled the Church to significantly expand its community outreach with more than ten community groups and other congregations utilizing this space every week. She has also helped the Church to broaden its support, with outreach projects to more than fifteen organizations, including local charities such as Habitat for Humanity, RISE, and Womanspace.
A long-time parishioner of Saint David’s, The Reverend Mitchell graduated in 2002 from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and from General Theological Seminary with a Certificate in Anglican Studies. Ordained in 2002 at the Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Beach Haven, New Jersey, she served there as Deacon and Priest Associate until 2003 when she was called to be Vicar of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Dunellen, NJ. Following the retirement of The Reverend Canon Laurence D. Fish, Saint David’s first Rector, and after an exhaustive search process, Reverend Mitchell became the second Rector of Saint David’s Church on November 1, 2005. In May, 2018, in recognition of her faithful service to the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, she was installed as an Honorary Canon of the Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.