On Thursday, April 6, 2017, atop a windy hill with panoramic views of east Parker County, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry commissioned and blessed church planter Hunter Ruffin and the church planting team.
The core of the church planting team will be the St. Francis Episcopal Church congregation in Parker County, led by Ms. Marti Fagley. In March, the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church announced it had approved a grant of $100,000 to the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth for a church plant in Parker County. Parker County is the site of Walsh, the new development west of Fort Worth on what was the Walsh Ranch. It is currently the largest buildout in the United States.
Both Ruffin and members of the core team are undergoing training and will be coached by seasoned church planters as the process unfolds. Ruffin will officially start work in June.
Watch a short video of the commissioning service by the presiding bishop below or on YouTube.
Also on Thursday, Bishop Curry visited Refugee Services of Texas. Read about that visit.
On Friday, April 7, Bishop Curry and Bishop Scott Mayer began the Learning to Love to Tell the Story conference at St. Christopher with Morning Prayer. After lunch Bishop Curry visited the 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry. Listen to Bishop Mayer’s homily, see photos of the event, and read about and see photos from Bishop Curry’s visit to 4Saints.
Also on Friday, Bishop Curry kicked off the New Life Fund campaign at a dinner at Colonial Country Club. Read about the campaign and watch a video of his spirited address.
On Saturday, Bishop Curry preached and celebrated at a festival Eucharist at University Christian Church. He raised the roof with his rousing sermon. See photos of the service and listen to the sermon.