One of my great delights each year is our "Because You Gave" campaign, when we celebrate the ministry we were able to do in the past year through God's grace and your gifts. This year, we begin by rejoicing in our ability to perpetuate the recruiting and establishing of an excellent team of ministers on our staff, particularly the additions of Fr. Charles Humphrey, our new assistant priest, and Ms. Ann Allen, our new administrative assistant.
As you recall, when Fr. Mark Polley was called to be the new dean of the cathedral, we launched an international search for our next assistant, which led us all the way to the great state of Mississippi. Thankfully, Fr. Charles and his family heard and heeded the call to head west and minister among us. Clearly, he didn't think Fort Worth was "west enough", as he has now purchased his home in Weatherford - but at least that means he intends to stay a while! Anyway, we are thankful to have him and his family among us, as his priestly presence will allow us to continue our ministry to youth, college students, and young adults, along with the other gifts he brings to us.
Similarly, when Alice Meyer decided to move into - ahem - retirement, we were delighted to call Ann Allen as our new administrative assistant. Truth be told, this was not the first time I tried to wrestle Ann away from her career as a legal assistant. However, this time God had paved the way for her to come to us, and we are delighted to have her! Not only is Ann a life-long Anglican, who understands and loves our tribe, but also her skill set and wonderful personality make her an excellent addition to our team.
Moreover, I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the rest of our staff, both paid and volunteer, who make our ministries run so well: Deacon Carl Harkins; Melissa Smith, Director of Children & Family Ministries; Caron Overbeek, Life Group Leader; Christine Martin, Communications Coordinator, and Trenton Chappell, Audio Visual Team.
Because you gave, we continue to create a culture of excellence, here at CTR.
Fr. Chris Culpepper, Rector