Lamborn Named Rector

June 29, 2015

Lamborn Called as Otey Rector

The vestry of Otey Memorial Parish is pleased to announce that its new rector will be the Rev. Dr. Robert C. Lamborn. The news was reported to the congregation on June 28.

“I am very excited to be undertaking shared ministry with this active, thoughtful, and uniquely situated congregation,” Lamborn said. “This is a welcome homecoming for my wife and me, and we are confident our daughter will flourish here.” Lamborn will begin at Otey on August 17.

“We are delighted that Rob will be joining us at Otey Parish,” said senior warden Steve Ford. “With the opening of the renovated and expanded Claiborne Parish House and the energy of our congregation, we are poised for a new chapter in Otey’s rich history in this community.”

Lamborn most recently has been serving as interim rector at St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Scarsdale, New York. For close to eight years (2004–2012) he was rector at Christ Church Riverdale in the Bronx, where he led a campaign to add handicapped accessibility, build a new pipe organ, and address decades of deferred maintenance on the historic property. He was rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Crawfordsville, Indiana 1996–2004. The chief area of growth during his service at St. John’s was Christian Education, including implementation of Godly Play and the Rite 13/Journey to Adulthood program.

Lamborn is a 1994 graduate of the School of Theology in Sewanee where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He earned a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, in 1987 from University of Georgia. Before coming to Sewanee for seminary, he was in a Ph.D. program in musicology at Indiana University. He earned a Doctor of Ministry in Ministry Development in 2007 from Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1995.

While in seminary, Rob met Amy Bentley, also a student at the School of Theology. They married and have a daughter, Caroline. Amy is also an Episcopal priest, and holds the Ph.D in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary, New York City. For the past four years she has been on the faculty at General Theological Seminary in New York.

“We offer our thanks to the Search Committee for its fine work,” Ford said.