Annie Calhoun made a significant life transition in 2008 when she decided to leave her longtime career in textbook publishing to become a reverend. She made another one earlier this year when she decided to leave her lifelong Southern California home to embark on a new adventure in the Pacific Northwest.
Calhoun is the new vicar at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Washougal, replacing Kathleen Patton, who retired in 2021.
“I’ve been wanting to move up here for 30 years, but it just never worked out,” she said. “And so finally obligations ended, things opened up, and I’m here.”
Calhoun comes to Washougal from Orange, California, where she served as a youth minister and associate rector at Trinity Episcopal Church since 2010.
“I knew my job (there) was going to end eventually,” she said. “I wanted to move here to be closer to family — my brother’s been here for 30 years, my sister has been here for 25 years, and my daughter’s been up in the Seattle area for 10 years. I talked to the Episcopal Church office up in Seattle, the headquarters for this area, and started looking at different churches. I ended up interviewing at three churches, and I thought this one seemed the best for me, and they liked me.”