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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling Announces Saxe As New Rector


St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church has found its new leader.

The church, located at 1410 Chapline St. in Wheeling, announced Monday that the Rev. Joshua Saxe will join the church as its new Rector, the member of the clergy that is in charge of the parish. Saxe has spent the last eight years as Rector of St. James Church in Lewisburg and will officially join St. Matthew’s in January.

Dr. John Holloway, St. Matthew’s Senior Warden, said Saxe’s arrival will benefit the church in many ways.

“For a relatively young individual, he has a strong, quiet presence,” Holloway said. “Clearly, especially from his experience at his previous church, he’s able to function as a minister in a traditional church, but at the same time, expand his services to things that are more relevant to today’s world.

Holloway is especially looking forward to Saxe becoming involved in the Wheeling community and growing in that role.

“He’s very much involved with community engagement,” he said. “And he has an impressive array of engagement initiatives in Lewisburg. I see him not only as an asset to St. Matthew’s, but for our entire community.”

In his letter to the St. James Church community, which was posted on Facebook, Saxe said he wrote it with “mixed emotions.” He was sad about leaving the community where he grew in his ministry and as a family man. He and his wife Catherine welcomed two daughters — Willa, now 5, and Clara, now 1 — during their time there.

“It is also with excitement,” he wrote, “because of the opportunities in engaging in the life-giving ministries going on at St. Matthews, as well as the opportunities for walking with the church in discerning new and creative ways to reach out in service to the greater Wheeling community.”

The search for a new rector came after St. Matthew’s previous rector, the Rev. Mark Seitz, was named canon to the ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia in 2019. A two-year search followed, culminating in Saxe’s appointment.

The Saxes both are graduates of General Theological Seminary. Catherine Saxe has been working on the diocesan staff helping congregations develop children’s ministry programs.


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