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Red Lodge church gets new rector

March 11, 2017 GMT

The Rev. Randy Pendergraft has been called as rector for Calvary Episcopal Church in Red Lodge. He began his ministry at Calvary on March 1.

Pendergraft is well-known to Calvary and to the community, having lived in Red Lodge for 23 years. He served as assistant priest and priest-in-charge for the Yellowstone Episcopal Ministries (churches in Absarokee, Joliet, Laurel, and Red Lodge) from 2000 to 2010. In the past year, he served as one of several supply priests for Calvary. He follows the Rev. Joan Yetter, who retired in November 2015.

Pendergraft was ordained a deacon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Havre in 1999 and was ordained a priest in 2000 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Billings. He completed a four-year education for ministry program through Sewanee University of the South in Tennessee and a three-year ministry formation study with the Diocese of Montana, including a course of clinical pastoral education at Billings Clinic.

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For the past 19 years, Pendergraft was a superintendent for Langlas and Associates Construction Co., specializing in building custom homes and commercial projects. He has been married to Suzi Pendergraft for 31 years.

“We are incredibly fortunate and delighted that Randy will be our priest,” said Ann Kane, former senior warden of Calvary. “He is beloved by our congregation, and we look forward to his ministry.”

Church services at Calvary are on Sunday at 9 a.m. For information, visit the Calvary website at www.calvary-redlodge.org or call the church at 406-425-0388.