Beth Palmer, Rector of Church of the Holy Trinity
I am thrilled and delighted that God has called us into ministry
Together. While it’s true that I was born north of the Mason-Dixon line (not far
from Gettysburg, PA), I have spent the better part of my adult life in
Virginia. After earning an MBA with a focus on Management Information Systems
from Penn State in 1980, I accepted a job as a software consultant with American Management Systems in Arlington, VA. My newly-married husband, David Rorick, played cornet in
The Marine Band (aka The President’s Own) and so we settled into life in the DC metro area. I rose through the ranks of AMS as David transitioned from musician to public relations professional, first with The Marine Band and later as part of Arlington County Public Schools.
Our son, Palmer Rorick, was born in 1986 and in 1995 David returned to classroom teaching, also in Arlington.
Our lives changed radically in 1999 as I finally responded to God’s persistent call to ordained ministry. In the summer of 2000 I resigned from AMS, David and I went on a mission trip to Honduras, and I began seminary studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in nearby Alexandria.
During my three years at seminary David also pursued a second Master’s Degree in Public School Administration through George Mason University. (David wins the degree contest in our household as he also holds a Doctorate in Music Performance from Catholic University.)
In June 2003 I graduated from seminary, was ordained as transitional deacon, and accepted a call as deacon-in-charge (and later rector) at St. John’s, West Point, VA.
David was moving into school administration and our son, Palmer, was entering his senior year of high school so I moved to West Point while David and Palmer spent another year in Arlington.
David moved to West Point and joined King William County Schools in 2004 where he
has served as public information officer, IT director, and principal of Cool Spring Primary
School (for children in kindergarten, first and second grades). Our lives changeed
once again as we moved to Vicksburg to begin our ministry at Church of the Holy Trinity.
When we’re not toiling in the vineyards or making major life changes, David and I love to swing madly at golf balls, take photographs (David), and play with fibers (me). We are having a wonderful time doing all these things with our newfound friends in the grand state of Mississippi, in the Red Carpet City of Vicksburg, at the beautiful Church of the Holy Trinity. God is good ... ALL the time!
The Church of the Holy Trinity
900 South St
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: 601 636-0542
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Our Mission is to proclaim the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ by sharing His spirit in worship and in the ministry to the needs of our congregation and our community.