INTRODUCING THE 25th RECTOR OF TRINITY ON
With joy and delight, the Wardens & Vestry announce the calling of the 25th Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square: The Rev. Jed J. Dearing.
Jed, who currently serves as Associate Rector, will transition to the Rector position on July 1.
Jed was ordained in 2020 in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. After completing his Master of Divinity at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Jed served as Clergy in Residence at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Springboro. Jed has served as Associate Rector at Trinity since January of 2022 where he has shared in liturgical leadership and formation while leading initiatives to grow community, strengthen outreach, build Dioceasan partnerships and expand worshiping opportunities. Trinity has been blessed by Jed’s joyful and collaborative leadership as Associate and we are thankful that we can continue to partner with Jed in ministry for years to come.
Jed and his wife, Raine Dearing, a commercial interior designer who is a sales lead for King Business Interiors, have two children: Llewyn, 4, and Reynolds, 2. Raine is a veteran of both AmeriCorps and the US Army. She served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in the civil affairs unit before attending the Ohio State University.
Originally from Maryland, Jed moved to Columbus in 2001 and has been an Episcopalian since 2009. Prior to seminary, Jed was for five years the Episcopal Service Corps Program director for Confluence Year, located at the time at St. John’s Town Street, Columbus. Jed has served two terms as a member of the Commission on Ministry and is currently a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Jed has an evident love for the City of Columbus and its people. You’ll likely see him bussing or bicycling to and from the office. In his free time, Jed enjoys playing volleyball and disc golfing, visiting the Gateway Film Center and Columbus Museum of Art, or exploring the Columbus Metro Parks with his family.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Applegate’s last Sunday with us as Interim Priest-in-Charge will be June 25, where we’ll express our thanks for his and his wife Terry’s presence and celebrate the ministry we accomplished together during the interim period. We’re especially grateful to the members of Vision Trinity who spent nearly ten months on the search process, preparing the parish profile and related documents. A special thanks to the current members of the Vestry who spent time discerning, interviewing and eventually calling Rev. Jed. Furthermore, we extend gratitude to the Diocese of Southern Ohio and their transition office, especially the Rev. Canon Michael Spencer who provided invaluable support and guidance for the vestry in this process. The care with which everyone fulfilled their roles speaks to the love we all have for Trinity.
We look forward to Jed’s transition to Rector and to all the good that the future holds for our church as we continue the ministry of Trinity on Capitol Square in Christ’s name.
In faith and peace,
Bill Forbes, Senior Warden
Joel Norris, Junior Warden