Christ Church Episcopal Parish calls the Rev. Alison Schultz as its new associate rector
The Rev. Alison Schultz has been called to Christ Church Episcopal Parish as its new associate rector.
Schultz graduated from the University of Akron and then taught school for a few years while working toward a masters degree in applied politics at the University of West Florida. She worked for a political consulting firm in Atlanta for several years until after her sons were born.
Im a cradle Episcopalian, Schultz said. So after I quit working, I volunteered at my church. That lead to a 17-year career as a Christian education director. I grew with it, she said. I spent a lot of time learning.
An auto accident left her with a broken neck; she spent six months healing quietly.
During those six months, I learned the value of silence and could hear Gods call, she said. There wasnt any epiphany. My call was gradual; it seemed to be the result of living into it. At each step Id stop and look around.
She spent three years at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, where she met the Rev. Jeremy Lucas, now rector at Christ Church.
I am so happy to have Alison join us at Christ Church, Lucas said. She is passionate and caring and brings so many gifts to our community. We spent time in seminary together in New York, and I have always hoped we could work together.
Following seminary, Schultz returned to Atlanta to accept a call to serve at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church. Her work there covered a spectrum of parish ministry, from formation of children and families to liturgy and pastoral care and community life.
In her new position at Christ Church, she and Lucas will collaborate on all aspects of parish life.
We are priests for the whole parish, she said. I wont be in charge of any particular aspect, but in all aspects of parish life. I have gifts in lots of different areas, which I hope will be called into action. My fervent prayer is that I help hold open space that allows us to continually discern how God calls us daily to participate in kingdom living.
She is a great priest and a wonderful preacher, Lucas said. I am looking forward to many years of fun and creative ministry together.
Schultz and her husband, Todd Broadbridge, are making their home in Lake Oswego. They have two grown sons living in Atlanta.
Christ Church Episcopal Parish is located at 1060 Chandler Road in Lake Oswego. Learn more at ccparish.org.
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