Our Beliefs

Here you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. When people visit St. Clement’s, they often tell us that our church is a warm and loving church, don’t be surprised if someone asks to sit next to you at coffee hour to get to know you! Please feel free to browse through the various areas of our website or give us a call to learn about our fellowship.

If you are considering a new place of worship or a relocation to our area, we would love to have you be our guest.

When you visit our church, you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you.
  • Passionately delivered sermons centered on the Word of God.
  • Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age.

The rite of Christian initiation contains a series of vows, made by all present, called the “baptismal covenant” (BCP, pp. 304-305). After the candidates have renounced evil and committed themselves to Christ, the presider asks the congregation to join them and “renew our own baptismal covenant.” Responding to a series of questions, the people affirm belief in the triune God (through the Apostles’ Creed) and promise to continue in the Christian fellowship, resist evil and repent, proclaim the gospel, serve Christ in all persons, and strive for justice and peace. The BCP also suggests the covenant for use, in place of the Nicene Creed, on four days when there are no candidates for baptism: the Easter Vigil, the Day of Pentecost, All Saints’ Day or the Sunday thereafter, and the feast of the Baptism of our Lord. In the Episcopal Church the baptismal covenant is widely regarded as the normative statement of what it means to follow Christ.

It is our foundation, understood through tradition and reason, containing all things necessary for salvation. Our worship is filled with Scripture from beginning to end.

The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer.

We will always have questions, but in the two foundational statements of faith – the Apostles’ Creed used at baptism, and the Nicene Creed used at communion – we join Christians throughout the ages in affirming our faith in the one God who created us, redeemed us, and sanctifies us.

The Mission of the Church Is the Mission of Christ

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Church Staff

Our Bishop, Priests, Staff, and Vestry

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Kenn Katona+
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Jimi Benesh +
Associate Priest
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Michael Kerrick +
Associate Priest
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Carole Maxson
Minister of Music

Vestry 2019

Debbi Honeycutt,
Sr. Warden

Matt Settles,
Jr. Warden

Kent Ransom
Treasurer

Lisa Barnett

Lavenia Benesh

Betty Chapman

Laura Simkins

Denise Smith

Zoe Boughton-Mitchell

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“There’s a lot of work to do at St. Clement’s, but I’ve always viewed myself as a bit of a spark plug, so I hope to energize, and bring a new vision of God’s heart for our church and community.”

The Rev. Kenn Katona+

Priest-in-Charge