Dear St. Stephen’s Family,
When Bishop Doyle placed me with St. Stephen’s as your curate in 2016, I could not imagine how much I would come to love this church community and admire the breadth and depth of your ministry to one another, and throughout Houston and Texas. I have learned so very much from you; and my family and I have been embraced, cared for, and deeply enriched as a part of this parish.
When I began my ministry among you, first as a newly ordained deacon, we understood that the curacy program was a short-term assignment, where I could grow into the ordained ministry while supporting Lisa and all of you in your life together. What I did not anticipate was that my next call might come earlier than expected.
I am writing today to share with you that I have accepted the call to serve as Vicar of Grace Episcopal Church, Houston, and I will begin my work with the good folks of Grace at the beginning Lent. February 4 will be my final Sunday in worship with you.
I will remain forever grateful that I began my vocation as a priest with you at St. Stephen’s. Please know that I carry with me knowledge, understanding, and values that have been formed during my time as your curate. Although our season of serving together on a daily and weekly basis will soon come to a close, be assured we remain family--as Christians, as Episcopalians, and as Houstonians—striving for justice and peace in our world, respecting the dignity of every human being.
With deep affection,
The Reverend Scott Painter