William Lupfer, Rector of Manhattan Episcopalian Church With Billions in Assets, Resigns to ‘Enjoy Some Sabbath Rest’

The Rev. William Lupfer, rector of Trinity Wall Street, rings the Bell of Hope in the churchyard of the historic St. Paul’s Chapel which forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, on September 11, 2015. | (Photo: The Christian Post/Leonardo Blair)

The Rev. William Lupfer, rector of the land-rich, Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church in Lower Manhattan that boasts a diverse investment portfolio worth $6 billion, resigned from his post with a plan to follow his dreams “like the Holy Family.”

Lupfer, 59, who has served in the role since 2015, resigned from the more than 300-year-old church noted as the richest Episcopal church in the world, in a brief letter on Jan. 3, according to Episcopal News Service.

“After five years of intensive work together with the Vestry, staff, parishioners, and our other stakeholders in the community and around the world, Kimiko and I have come to the decision to step away for a time, resign as Rector of Trinity, and enjoy some Sabbath rest to open our hearts to God’s call for the next chapter of our ministry together,” Lupfer wrote in his three-paragraph resignation letter, cited by The Living Church.

In his final Sunday at Trinity Wall Street on Jan. 5, Lupfer told the congregation that while it’s customary for rectors at the church to retire, he isn’t the “retiring type” and plans to go follow his dreams with his wife, like the Holy Family.

“Some of you have heard that this is my last Sunday at Trinity and I have offered my resignation as rector. Most people do not resign from rector, they retire from rector here at Trinity. That’s the custom, but I’m not the retiring type and so my wife and I have opened our hearts for discernment,” he said.

He explained that he had not been able to effectively discern while in his role as rector and is looking forward to improving that part of his life during a period of rest.

“The role of rector is pretty busy so it’s hard to discern while driving about 100 miles an hour down the road day and night. So we’ll take some time and [are] grateful for Trinity’s generosity to do that. We’ll take some time on Sabbath,” he said. “I promise you. As my wife and I go forward to follow our dreams like the Holy Family followed their dreams, we will always hold you in our hearts and we will pray for you and we will be your biggest fans and your loudest cheerers.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair