July 10, 2014
Christ Church Welcomes
The Reverend Mariann Babnis
The vestry of Christ Church, Chaptico, has called Reverend Mariann Babnis to be our interim rector. She will begin her assignment with us August 1. The wardens interviewed her initially, with Brad Reeves, followed by an interview with the full vestry. Her references were impeccable. Rev. Babnis received a hearty endorsement from the vestry, and today we signed the paperwork to bring her here. Details about her follow. We look forward to welcoming her in a few weeks.
The Vestry of Christ Church, King and Queen Parish, on July 7 voted to call Rev. Mariann Babnis as interim rector. She signed a letter of agreement with us on July 9 and will begin her assignment August 1. The letter of agreement provides for a year’s employment with the possibility of an extension. Her agreement with Christ Church will bring her to Chaptico 25 hours per week. She will keep regular office hours in addition to presiding at Sunday services, attending parish activities, and responding to pastoral needs.
Rev. Babnis is an experienced interim rector, having served at St. Martha’s Church, Bethany Beach, Delaware; St. Paul’s Church, Georgetown, Delaware; and St. Mary’s Church, Pocomoke City, Maryland. She has been assistant rector at Holy Trinity Church in Bowie and a deacon at St. Alban’s Parish in Washington. She was a seminarian at St. Paul’s, Piney Parish, in Waldorf, and also served as a chaplain at Asbury Methodist Village Retirement Center in Gaithersburg. Rev. Babnis has also been in demand as a supply priest in the Dioceses of Washington and Delaware. She received her master’s degree in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2004. She has a master’s degree in telecommunications from Ohio University and a bachelor of arts in speech communications from Clarion University. Rev. Babnis was ordained in January 2005. Her volunteer activities are wide-ranging. She has served on the Washington Episcopal Clergy Association Board, the Committee on Racial Reconciliation in Washington, as chaplain at the Virginia Hospital Center and the Washington National Cathedral, and as a volunteer with the Delaware Hospice and the Delaware Choral Arts Society. Rev. Babnis’s call to the priesthood followed a successful career in communications and public relations with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in Washington and a faculty appointment at Muskingum College. Rev. Babnis lives in Lewes, Delaware, but plans to reside locally during her tenure here.