Serving at Trinity is a great joy for me. I was glad to return to Trinity after 22 years away as Associate Rector for Children, Young Adults, and Families and served in that role for five years. I am honored to step into the ministry of Interim Rector at this moment in Trinity’s life.
My first experience at Trinity was in 1987 while attending Texas Christian University and enjoying the campus ministry (Canterbury) supported by Trinity throughout my college years. I worked also at St. Ann’s in Azle as a Youth Minister during college. I earned the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Texas Christian University in 1991.
In 1995, I completed seminary, earning a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Bishop Sam Hulsey ordained me as a Deacon in the Diocese of Northwest Texas that same year and Bishop Bertram Herlong ordained me as a Priest in Tennessee in 1996.
I served St. Paul’s in Murfreesboro, Tennessee from 1995-1999 as Assistant to the Rector and then served St. James’ in Fremont, Nebraska as Rector from 1999-2002. In 2002 I relocated to New York City and began graduate studies at the General Theological Seminary. While in graduate school, I served as Priest-in-Charge of Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe, New York from 2003-2004 and worked on campus as well, helping to manage their chapel and to provide teaching and tutoring to seminarians. I also spent time working as a supply priest in the Dioceses of New York, Newark, New Jersey and Long Island. I earned the Master of Sacred Theology degree in 2003 and the Doctor of Theology degree in 2012, both degrees focused on Liturgical Theology and Systematic Theology. My dissertation “Not for Solace Only” looks at different ways of talking about the encounter with Christ in the Eucharist.
From 2006-2008, I left NYC and joined the staff of Christ Church in Columbia, Maryland, as Associate Rector for Formation while continuing my studies long distance. In 2009, I was called as the second Rector of Saint Anne in DeSoto, Texas, in the Diocese of Dallas, and returned (at last) to Texas to serve that congregation. In 2013, I answered the call to serve Trinity as Associate Rector and as Interim Rector in 2018.
In the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, I currently serve as the Secretary of the Diocese and as the Chair of the Constitution and Canons Committee. I am a member of the American Academy of Religion, of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Society of Scholar Priests, and the North American Associate for the Catechumenate. I teach occasionally as an adjunct instructor at various schools, including Brite Divinity School, and serve as the Director of the Episcopal Eucharist in that community.
My three children are grown, mostly: two who have graduated college, one of them now married, and my youngest, Macrina, is attending the University of Texas at Dallas. My brother and mother also live locally here in Fort Worth. My two sisters live in northern Arizona.