Meet The Rector
The Reverend Erik W. Larsen began his ministry on October 1, 2012.
He has brought a depth and breadth of experiences not only to the church but to the diocese and the greater community. He has served as both curate and rector at several Episcopal churches in Connecticut as well as chaplain at St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong. From 2007-2011, the Reverend Larsen was Canon for Transition Ministry for the Diocese of Connecticut, a position where he coordinated search processes for over 100 churches in transition.
He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut where he majored in Religion and Philosophy, and then his M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to coming to St. Columba’s, he also served as Dean of the Diocesan Deacon Formation Program, designing curriculum and coordinating education programs, and Interim Rector for St. John’s Church in Niantic, Connecticut.
Erik is married to Karin, a church musician and special education paraprofessional. They have two sons: Ben, a professional cellist in New York City; and Greg, a biology field technician. Erik is a water lover: a saltwater fly fisher, swimmer, and boater. He enjoys living on Aquidneck Island and being involved with the wider community.
An advocate for ‘servant leadership,’ Erik has been passionately involved in encouraging ordained and lay people to explore living out their faith in their everyday communities. In conversations with St. Columba’s search committee, he shared: “I have a passion for the stewardship of creation, including our faithful response to God in all aspects of our lives, leading by example.” Eschewing a ‘one size fits all’ solution, the Reverend Larsen works with the diversity of not only the parish but the island community as well in exploring people’s spiritual needs.