September 2, 2021 Dear Heavenly Rest Family, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. After a careful and deliberate discernment process, I am delighted to announce that Carol Ann Weston will be joining the staff of the Church of the Heavenly Rest as our Director of Family Ministries later this month.
Carol Ann has worked as a Christian educator for many years in churches throughout Texas. Most recently, she served as the Director of Family Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Mason. In that position, she helped the church grow and deepen its ministry with young people, even as she shepherded young parishioners through the pandemic. Though she has spent much of her ministry working in other denominations, Carol Ann is familiar with and eager to return to the Episcopal Church. She is also a trainer and passionate advocate for the Godly Play curriculum.
As Director of Family Ministries, Carol Ann will be responsible for administering and coordinating ministry opportunities for young parishioners and their families. In particular, she will help the parish create sustainable structures for Christian formation for children and youth, and equip parishioners of all ages to develop meaningful cross-generational relationships. More generally, Carol Ann will provide pastoral presence and hospitality to our youngest parishioners.
Those who had the opportunity to meet Carol Ann remarked that she is professional, passionate, and clearly has a heart for children. We also found that she is deeply devoted to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with those whom she is called to serve. While she clearly has a gift for working with young people, it is clear that she is comfortable connecting with people of all ages.
Carol Ann’s daughter Laura lives in Abilene and works in the music department at Abilene Christian University.
Carol Ann’s first day at Heavenly Rest will be September 15. Please reach out to welcome her during her first few weeks. In the meantime, please keep Carol Ann in your prayers as she prepares to become part of this community. Faithfully,
The Reverend David F. Romanik