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A change in leadership at Woodstock's prominent All Saints Episcopal Church; an interview...

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Rev. Andria Skornik, the new Priest and Rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock, says she looks forward to creating a family-centered church. After a national search by the Diocese of Oregon, The Rev. Andria Skornik has been designated new Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

This marks a return for Skornik, after serving in a church in Illinois for several years; she was born and raised in Happy Valley, just a couple of miles southeast of Woodstock.

All Saints parishioner Christopher Broderick remarks, "In a short time [since last November], Andria has already brought a lot of energy and ideas to the parish, and she wants to do a lot of outreach to the greater Southeast community, as someone who grew up in this area."

According to Broderick, the search committee spent a lot of time choosing someone for the job. He explained her background in an e-mail:

"She went to the University of Oregon and Warner Pacific, lived in Los Angeles to pursue a media career – and then decided to enter the priesthood, and pursued a Master's in Divinity from the University of Chicago. She was rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rockford, Illinois [for four and a half years] – when she saw the notice that the Diocese of Oregon sent to priests across the country about All Saints looking for a priest and rector."

Rev. Skornik tells THE BEE she is especially happy to be back in the Portland area, because her parents are living in East Portland. She, her husband, and their two-and-a-half year old son are currently renting in a new apartment/townhouse complex in Woodstock.

And, of Skornik's time at the church in Rockford, Megan Boekeloo, a former member of that vestry shared this information with THE BEE in an e-mail:

"Andria always believes in people, and knows how to play to people's strengths... She brings ideas to the Vestry and encourages others to bring their ideas and projects. She offers up ideas, and listens to the feedback to hear what everyone thinks. She is a great facilitator in that way... I never met anyone who didn't like Andria. Church attendance grew quite a bit during her tenure, which speaks to her charisma.  She takes the time for each person to feel valued and know that they are part of the church community." 

In our interview, Rev. Skornik said she is excited to be a part of the Woodstock community and is looking forward to having a family-centered church. "For those looking for a spiritual home or community, we have an openness to different perspectives. I hope to increase young families looking for holistic living in their neighborhood. When you have a village of support, it's more fun and easier to raise a family."

All Saints provides a number of services to the community and has a Montessori-based Sunday school. For more information, visit – www.allsaintspdx.org Or, call 503/777-3829; the hours to call are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 to 2; and on Wednesday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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