A Letter to St. Paul's from our new Priest in Charge
Dear Friends of God at St. Paul’s,
I am excited to be joining you in ministry at St. Paul’s, as Priest in Charge beginning early August of this year. Over the last month I have been hearing from others and reading about the unique charisms at St. Paul’s and your long history of faithful ministry to the Ft. Collins community. It will be a joy to come along side you as we work together to discern what the Spirit is doing in our midst.
To share a bit about my vocational life…I am approaching my 17th year of ordained ministry. I began ministry as the Associate Rector of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado. After 5 years there, St. Mary Magdalene entered a period of discernment about how to address the growth we were experiencing. The end result was the decision to start a new congregation, and I, along with 14 other “launch team families” from both St. Mary Magdalene and St. Stephen’s, Longmont, worked to begin St. Brigit Episcopal Church in Frederick, Colorado. In February of this year we celebrated our 10th Anniversary as a vibrant worshiping community.
It was an inspiring journey to be a part of a new creative, ambitious, courageous congregation that is adept at thinking outside of the box, all of which are fundamental characteristics for the 21st century church.
To share a bit about my personal life…I’ve been married to Lyle for 22 years and we currently make our home in Frederick, Colorado. We share life with one of the best canine spiritual directors in the world: Mary Magdalene, or “Maggie” for short, whom we adopted in January of this year. Together we enjoy hiking, reading, trying new things and talking about big ideas.
My first day in the office is August 6th (I invite you to stop by and say hello) and my first Sunday to join you for worship will be August 11th. One of my deepest held passions is the offering of hospitality to ALL people and making sure that everyone has a place at God’s table. I look forward to learning about your passions and God’s call upon our collective lives as we begin our ministry together.
God’s peace to you,