The Reverend John F. Keydel, Jr. Announced as Interim Rector at Christ Church Glendale

The Vestry of Christ Church Glendale is very pleased to announce that The Reverend John F. Keydel, Jr. has accepted our call to be the Interim Rector of the church. A Letter of Agreement has been agreed to and signed. Father Keydel is highly qualified for this role. For the past five years, he has served as an interim at three different congregations in New York, Illinois, and Cincinnati. He is currently completing a posting as Interim Priest in Charge at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery. He has long been building a record as a leading professional specialist in transition, making him unusually well prepared to lead Christ Church Glendale during this critical and exciting time period. He believes his calling is to assist and lead parishes to their next rector.

Over his 18 years of ordained ministry, John’s main focus has been formation, whether for a diocese or as an interim. Prior to his work as an interim in specific congregations, he served as a Canon in the Diocese of Michigan for nine years, including six years as the Canon for Ministry Development and Transitional Ministries. Prior to that, he worked in various parish ministry positions since 1993. Father Keydel started his career with eleven years in retail banking in Connecticut. His M.Div. degree came from the Berkeley/Yale Divinity School, following upon M.B.A. and M.Ed. degrees. Since then, he has undertaken extensive coursework in congregational development and organizational transformation.

John and his wife, Meg, who is based at their family home in Michigan, have two grown children. It is anticipated that John will start at Christ Church Glendale on July 1st and that he will live in the Rectory.

In the weeks ahead, the Wardens and Vestry look forward to preparing to work with Father Keydel as we continue on our clergy transition journey.

Welcome to Christ Church Glendale! The Mission of Christ Church Glendale is to reach out warmly to all people, worship passionately, nurture our community and encourage spiritual growth in order to reconcile ourselves to God and each other in Christ.

New building is now ready!


For the past year, Christ Church Glendale has been constructing a new building, the culmination of many years of vision and planning to ensure that we sustain and enhance our ministries as Christ's presence in the world. We greatly improved the space with a new chapel, classrooms, music room and staff offices. March 16th will include the first worship in the new “Chapel of the Holy Spirit” at 9 AM, as well as the first use of our new Nursery and Sunday School classrooms. Coffee hour will follow the 9 AM and 11 AM services in the new fellowship space, “All Saints Hall.”

Join us in exploring the joy and potential of this beautiful new space, and learn about our heritage church built in 1868 as well. Now more than ever, we are thankful for the vision, skills, dedication, generosity, and patience of the members of Christ Church Glendale. Thanks to all!

By following this mission we seek to serve God and each other, both inside our parish and in the larger community. Wherever you may be on your spiritual journey, we will meet you and offer bountiful opportunities to become involved in outreach, education, study and worship with the intention of helping you encounter and serve God.

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