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The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr. has announced that the Rev. Janet Waggoner has been named Canon to the Ordinary/Transitional Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.

She “will assist me and the diocese as we move forward together in our life. This is being made possible by the generosity of one of our diocesan families. I am most grateful and very excited about filling this office, which is so vital for our future. It is my plan for her to begin this new ministry in July. Please welcome her to this new call,” Bishop High said in a letter to the clergy.

The Rev. Waggoner is a priest from the Diocese of Oregon who, after receiving her MDiv from Yale Divinity School, served parishes in Connecticut for more than a decade, most recently as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Shelton.  The Waggoner family moved to Fort Worth in August 2012 when Mother Waggoner’s husband, Dr. Ed Waggoner, accepted Brite Divinity School’s invitation to become the first Right Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Chair in Episcopal Studies.  Since September 2012, Mother Waggoner has been serving as Interim Pastor at Rejoice Lutheran Church in Coppell.

In her work with individuals, congregations and the community, Mother Waggoner seeks to facilitate transformation through leadership, preaching, education, conciliation and the arts.  She is a board member of WIKS-USA, partnering with Kenyans to provide quality education for underprivileged children.  Mother Waggoner is a spiritual director and a member of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross.  She serves as an Advisor in Title IV disciplinary processes for The Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Janet and Dr. Ed Waggoner are the parents of two children, Wynne (10) and Benjamin (8), and a rescue dog, Ziggy.