Exciting News from the Search Committee
The Holy Spirit has truly blessed the parish of St. Christopher with our new Rector. Please join the Search Committee, the Vestry, and the staff in welcoming The Rev. Brian W. Cannaday and family.
His first day with us in the office will be on Monday, August 1, 2016. Our first celebration of worship together will be on Sunday, August 7. There will be an 8am Rite I service, and a 10:30am Super Service in the Nave.
Please join us for a reception following the 10:30am service to
welcome and get-to-know
Fr. Brian, Crystal, and their daughter Hailey Grace.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Search Process, including the Visioning Event, Parish Profile, Search Committee and everyone whose prayers paved the way, truly the Spirit guided us.
PRAYER FOR THE PARISH FOR PREPARATION OF OUR NEW RECTOR
Almighty and ever-loving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family as we prepare to welcome our new Rector Brian and his family, Crystal and Hailey Grace. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Letter from The Rev. Brian W. Cannaday (07/02/2016)
Dear Family of St. Christopher,
Wow! Does it feel good to type that! The journey my family and I have walked to get to this point felt, at times, never ending. Yet now that we are nearing the moment of partnering in ministry with you, the search process seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye. Because we still have about a month before our time at St. Christopher’s begins, I wanted to take just a moment to introduce ourselves to you.
I am 40 years old and a native Texan, having spent most of my childhood and a good portion of my adult life in San Antonio. Prior to entering seminary, I was a vocational youth minister for 16 years, both full and part time, serving in the Dioceses of West Texas, Ft. Worth, and Dallas. I am a PK (preacher’s kid). For fun, I enjoy going to the movies, discovering new restaurants, cooking, and watching the occasional episode of NCIS. My father is a retired Episcopal Priest of over 30 years. He and my mother currently live in Boerne, Texas, enjoying the life of retirees, and have been married for over 45 years.
Crystal and I have been married 17 years (as of this July 17th), and dated for 5 years prior to getting married (we met at a Happening reunion in the Diocese of West Texas). She is also a native Texan, having been born and raised in San Antonio. A graduate of The University of Texas in Arlington, Crystal has been an elementary school teacher, both public and private, for 13 years. A couple of her hobbies include being an artist and a “power walker” (she likes to take walks). She is a dedicated, faithful woman of God and a prayer warrior. Crystal’s parents also live in Boerne, and both retired a few years ago after long and distinguished careers at USAA.
Hailey Grace is 8 years old going on 20. She is an avid reader, a lover of creating new worlds with Legos, an amateur artist, and enjoys an occasional episode of Fixer Upper on HGTV. She will enter 3rd grade in the fall.
As a family, one of our favorite things to do is to get up early on Saturday morning, go to breakfast, and then go walk our breakfast off somewhere (usually a park, the mall, or browsing Half Priced Books). Mostly, we just enjoy spending time with one another, whatever the activity may be.
There are several things we are eager to share with you, stories to tell, and experiences to express. Hopefully we will have the next several years to share those with you. For now, we want say how excited we are to come join the St. Christopher family, to partner in ministry with you, and to see how God will use this body of the faithful to further His kingdom and fulfill the mission of The Church.
The first few months of this new joint adventure will be primarily dedicated to getting to know as many of you as possible, to hear the story of St. Christopher’s through your words, and to see the story of St. Christopher’s through your eyes. We are entering into a new season in the life of the church, so I call upon every member of the family to a time of active listening, listening for the direction and movement of the Holy Spirit, so that we might discern together how God is calling us to be His hands, and how we might proclaim the Good News of Christ Jesus into a broken and hurting world.
May God’s peace be with you! We look forward to joining you in August!
Brian+, Crystal, and Hailey Grace
Message from the Senior Warden (24 Feb 2016)
The Search Phase of the Search Process has finally begun.
We have uploaded the Parish Profile and my sincere thanks to Jane Meridian, David Martin, Anne Baugh, Anne Vrolyk, Claire Williams, Lance Monteleone and Steven Reynolds for their hard work, as well as so many other contributors and editors that created such a wonderful reflection of who we are.
Our Search Committee has chosen Alice McCalla as its Chairperson and Marcia Oliver is serving as her Co-Chair. We have completed the training by the Bishop’s staff and should begin receiving candidates soon. Please pray for our Search Committee, Alice, Marcia, Bob Akes, Roger Derick, Mary Alice Pruessner, Janet Lamb, Carol Wiggs, Eric Zapp, Malin LaPlace and Will Hensel as they work together to discern God’s choice to succeed Tom as our next rector.
If you know of an Episcopal priest that has not served in or been part of our congregation in the past that you feel should be considered for the role of our next rector there are nomination forms both online and outside the Nave and by the doors in Buckner Hall. Please email the digital form to firstname.lastname@example.org or put the nomination in a sealed envelope marked nominee in my mailbox in the workroom at the church.
Thank you so much for all your prayers and loving support during this process. Alice and the Search Committee will be providing you general updates at least once a month, but they are bound by strict confidentiality and will not be able to provide details, including feedback on candidates you personally nominated.
God bless and guide our search, as well as pouring out His blessings on Tom and Kim who have faithfully loved and lead us for so many years.
St. Christopher’s Vision Priorities (posted 10.05.15)
On Oct. 3, 2015, eighty St. Christopher members gathered to envision the key areas in which they believe God is leading the congregation to focus their efforts for the next five years. This vision event was wrapped in prayer and filled with lively discussion and consensus building.
The following six visions comprise the highest priority for the congregation in the order they were determined:
Facilitated and collated results by Mary M. MacGregor, Canon for Congregational Vitality, Episcopal Diocese of Texas and member of St. Christopher Episcopal Church.