Our journey to find our next rector was just that – a journey. Along the way we learned a lot about our two parishes, the hopes for our futures (near and far) and learned a lot about what we can accomplish through thoughtful prayer and dedication. On October 1, 2017, we officially ended this journey of search and transition and welcomed Reverend Nick Roosevelt to begin as our new rector.
As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud division ends.
That love that made us makes us one,and strangers now are friends. – Brian Wren (I Come with Joy to meet my Lord)
A lifelong Episcopalian, Nick grew up singing the hymn above, among others, and has been held through thick and thin by the prayers of the church. Nick was born and raised in the Upstate of South Carolina and previously called Albany home during an internship in the summer of 2009. A graduate of Presbyterian College and the Virginia Theological Seminary, he was ordained Deacon and Priest in the Episcopal Church in 2013. That same year, he started as Associate Priest at Saint Barnabas and served as birth coach for his daughter Lillian’s (Lily) birthday on the First Sunday of Advent. In Spring 2017, Nick married Kresta Hansen of Phoenix and is in the process of adopting her daughter Bronwen (Brownie). Kresta and Brownie will complete their conversion (NOT from Christianity) to Reformed Judaism in Spring 2018. He enjoys most things family, music, golf, tennis, traveling, listening, playing, and praying as just some of the ingredients for the ever-adjusting recipe of life.
Fr. Nick comes to us after serving as an Associate Priest at St. Barnabas on the Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona, since 2013. We pray for the parish of St. Barnabas as they say goodbye to Nick and his family. We also pray for Nick and his family as they are transitioning to Southwest Georgia.