A Change in Parish Staff & A Note from Michelle Rabon

Dear People of St. John’s,
We are losing a valuable member of the St. John's staff to an Episcopal neighbor. Michelle Rabon, our Director of Parish Operations, has accepted the position of Director of Life Enrichment at Still Hopes. The job includes the opportunity to work with seniors, a passion of Michelle's, as well as managing a large staff and multiple programs.

I know we will all celebrate this significant advancement in Michelle's work, while regretting the loss of her many gifts at St. John's. We will miss her hard work, attention to detail, warm spirit, and her willingness to serve. Michelle has moved St. John’s forward on many fronts, particularly in building systems that have proven vital to our ministry during the pandemic. She has wrangled technology, facilities, and finance for us for many years, all in positive directions. Our loss is Still Hopes' gain. Michelle's last day will be May 20. 

We are still processing this news. Celebration and farewell are a little hard right now, but we will find some ways. You can certainly send Michelle a note at St. John’s or at her home address, 214 Valley Vine Court, Irmo, SC 29063.

God continually gives us opportunities to grow and change. We are thankful for the season Michelle spent with us and for her new challenges.
Grace and peace, Nicholas 


A note from Michelle...

It has been an amazing 10-year journey at St. John's. Through managing parish events; property issues, property renovations, expansions and campaigns; sewer back-ups and floods; leading IT and technology advancements such as live-streaming and upgrades to new software (ShelbyNext Giving, Financials and Membership) and lots and lots of hardware for Wi-fi and network connectivity; launching new communication strategies with the Good News ministry team - new website, online newsletter, videos -- not to mention steering and guiding through lots of transition; and yes, even burials and weddings on my own with guest clergy -- I hope I have served you well. At the very least, I leave you with some solid advances in infrastructure to propel the church forward in its future endeavors with the incredible members of the property and finance ministry teams. 

Most importantly, I leave you with a team of incredible, proficient, competent, and creative staff in Administration. None of the work accomplished during my tenure would have been possible without the drive and expertise of head sexton, Tony Taylor, and his hard working crew members Jeannette, Renee, Rosemary and sweet Mr. Isaiah; or the leadership of past finance administrators Barbara Catoe, Lori Anderson and your current fun and experienced finance officer Rhonda Gardner; as well as parish relations coordinators Bryana Close, Dan Benardo and our current parish administrative assistant, the very organized Megan Griffin. It has been a pleasure to work with these teams of people, alongside your outstanding program staff and clergy. I have learned so much from all of them, from all of you (too many to name here - much love to so many beautiful and good St. John's people who lead, support staff, and do the REAL work of the church). Each has made me a better professional, given me such joy, and filled my servant heart daily. 

I have loved and adored being a part of your family at St. John's. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, your parish and all those in between.  

In peace, 

Michelle Rabon