St. Barnabas is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Nelson had accepted the call to be our Priest-In-Charge.
Jeffrey has over 30 years experience in the Lutheran and Episcopal traditions, holding positions in parish ministry, campus ministry, and church publishing. He is currently Rector at Episcopal Church of Our Savior in North Platte, Nebraska. Jeffrey holds a BA in Theology from Valparaiso University, a Master of Divinity in Theology and Pastoral Care from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a Doctor of Theology in American Religious History from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Jeffrey and his husband Curt Bennett were welcomed at St. Barnabas services on December 9. They—and their Yorkies, Lila and Leo—will be living in the immediate neighborhood. His first Sunday at St Barnabas is planned for January 27, 2019.
To the Vestry and others who have worked diligently and directly to make this possible, thank you.
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A message from Jeffrey:
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
It is with great joy that I accept your call to be Priest-in-Charge at St. Barnabas Church. I know your journey to this moment has been filled with challenge, wonder, and hope, and I thank God for your commitment to listen deeply to one another and the Spirit of God along the way. As we move forward as priest and people charged with the task of further discerning the call of God to you in the next season of your life as a parish, I pray that our eyes and ears, hearts and minds be open to whomever we are called to be and wherever we are being led; and I pray for the courage in the end to follow where God is leading. I want to express my gratitude to Fr. John Wengrovius, Jim Hayes, and Patti Anderson Walter for their excellent pastoral care for this congregation in the interim, and for the Vestry, whose hard work, wisdom, and vision have brought us to this place. Curt and I are excited to meet and get to know all of you in the coming months even as we say goodbye to the people of Church of Our Savior, friends whom we have gotten to know well and love deeply. We expect that same grace as we begin our journey with you. Peace be with you all. I look forward to January 27 with great anticipation!
Fr. Jeffrey Nelson+