When he’s not filling in for a priest in another parish, the Rev. Edward E. Godden has been attending services at SsAM since 2019. For January 2022, he’s been asked by the Vestry to be “Supply Priest,” providing the first of several Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist, while the Vestry and the Bishop determine who will be SsAM’s Interim Rector.
A native of Norfolk, VA, he was ordained priest in the Diocese of Southern Virginia in 1980. He served there as Curate at Trinity, Portsmouth, and four years later became Rector of Trinity Church, Elkton in the Diocese of Easton. He came to Delaware in 1989 as Rector of Immanuel on the Green, and served there, and in a number of roles and on a number of various committees in this diocese until his retirement in December of 2010. Since retirement, he’s served a total of seven years as interim in three congregations, including one in the ELCA — Zion (now Unity) in Wilmington’s West City. Since retiring he has also supplied on Sundays about 80 times in 18 different parishes, including SsAM.
Rev. Godden has three grown children and two very young grandchildren. He says his primary vocation these days is as “Grampa.” He’s currently one of the Bishop’s four Chaplains to the Retired Clergy, Spouses, and Surviving Spouses living in Delaware, and to those living elsewhere but still canonically resident in this diocese.