July 4, 2022

St. John’s Episcopal Parishioners Approve Sale of Main Street Essex Rectory House

ESSEX— Parishioners at Saint John’s Episcopal Church have approved a possible sale of the church rectory house at 40 Main Street. The sale was approved at a meeting of the congregation Sunday on a 101-19 paper ballot vote after more than an hour of discussion. The church vestry committee had recommended approval of the sale option last month.

The church pastor, Rev. Folts, who is married with three children, had earlier this year expressed an interest in owning his own home. The suggestion from the pastor led the vestry committee to undertake a review of options for the rectory house, including the annual cost of maintaining the house. Proceeds from the sale would be used to create a fund to help Folts purchase his own home in Essex or a nearby town, and for ongoing maintenance of the main church building on Main Street.

The historic house at the lower end of Main Street was built in 1807, and donated to the church in 1896 to serve as the rectory house. The house was assessed at $643,800 on the October 2010 grand list, a figure that represents about 70 percent of estimated fair market value. The sale of the rectory house also requires approval from the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. The sale would be coordinated by a subcommittee of the vestry committee.