A New Call for Robert Clements '85


The Rev. Dr. Robert Peter Clements, Class of 1985, has been called as Priest-In-Charge at Christ Episcopal Church of Bethany, Connecticut. Clements has been the Rector of Christ Church in Roxbury, Connecticut since 2009 and, prior to that, served several parishes and schools in the northeast. Along with his degree from The General Theological Seminary, among other degrees, he holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as an English and Philosophy teacher and as an assistant headmaster in independent schools, as well as an adjunct professor of Christian Education and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary. Clements has also served as a chaplain for merchant seamen and for two volunteer fire departments. He is a surfer, luthier, and bass guitarist. He is tech-savvy, writing a weblog called The Coracle.

Clements has a wealth of experience as a rector of churches both large and small. He is particularly drawn to the challenge of a church the size of Christ Church. He states that being present to the community is the most rewarding aspect of his priesthood, as well as a potent form of evangelism; the small parish provides a way to really know “a variety of people, ideas and experiences.”