Dear people of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and School,
With a heavy heart I share the news that I have accepted a call to serve as the next School Chaplain at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. My duties begin later this summer. My last Sunday with St. Stephen’s will be June 18th.
I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this diverse and unique community for the past four years. My work at St. Stephen’s has always been interesting and challenging – from Christian formation to the pulpit to pastoral care to walking with staff, parishioners, students and faculty – every corner has led to fertile grounds for holy encounters and professional development. Through it all, authentic conversations and significant spiritual growth have marked a special place in my soul that I carry with me along the journey.
I am particularly thankful to have served under the leadership of Lisa Hunt and David Coe, who both have provided flexibility and trust for me to offer care for the good people here on campus. They embody a progressive spirit that is ever-mindful of social justice and the dignity of every human being. Their influence has helped to refine my understanding of God’s presence on the margins in our world.
To be sure, I will grieve during transition. All the while, I am excited about this new call, sensing God’s movement in the midst of change. Know that my prayers continue for you. Please keep me and my family, Hillary, Felix, and Beatrix, on your heart for prayer, as well.
The Reverend Brandon Peete