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Fr. Lee M. Nelson, SSC

Rector

A graduate of Texas A&M University (BBA '02) and Nashotah House (MDiv 05), he served as the Youth and Family Minister and Curate at Saint Laurence Church in Southlake, Texas for 3 years and as Rector of the Church of Saint John the Evangelist in Stockton, California for 5 years. Feeling a sense of passion and calling about planting churches in university towns and campuses, he and his family packed up everything and moved to Waco in 2014 to be a part of Christ Church. In addition to planting Christ Church, he is also working with families and students in the Bryan/College Station area to plant Church of the Incarnation

 

Father Lee came to a passionate love of Jesus and His Church through the ministries of our diocese and the mentoring of diocesan clergy. His desire is to be a mentor and spiritual director to young people as they discern the Lord's calling on their lives. For the last several years, he has served on the Catechesis Task Force of the Anglican Church in North America, the group responsible for writing To Be a ChristianAn Anglican Catechism.  A practiced catechist, he has discipled new Christians and trained up many to maturity. 

 

Father Lee met his wife Ela in Delafield, Wisconsin at Milwaukee Street Traders (read the whole story here) and they are the parents of six children - Moira (12), Oliver (10), Emmelia (8), Margaret (6), Beatrix (4), and Joseph (2).

 

In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, baking bread, brewing beer, and riding his Honda scooter around Waco.

 

Contact him at lee@christchurchwaco.org

Fr. Jonathan Kanary, Ph.D.

Associate Priest for Spiritual Direction and Scholar in Residence for Brazos Fellows

 

Father Jonathan grew up as a Methodist preacher's kid in small-town Oklahoma.  His parents first taught him to love Jesus and His Church, and for this he remains profoundly thankful.  As a senior at Patrick Henry College, his desire for a more historically rooted and sacramental faith led him into the Anglican tradition.  He eventually discerned a call to the priesthood, earned a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and was ordained (on Saint Patrick's Day) at Saint Columba Church in Fresno, CA, where he served as curate for four years.  He is recently completed a PhD in English with a concentration in Religion and Literature at Baylor University, and also serves as an assisting priest at Christ Church.  

 

Theology led Father Jonathan to the "Anglican way," but it was the liturgy that won his heart, so he is delighted to serve as a member of the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force for the Anglican Church in North America.  Along with beautiful worship and good preaching, he is passionate about seeing people grow and thrive in their journey with Jesus, with a particular interest in ministries of confession and spiritual direction.

 

Other favorite things include food and laughter with friends, good stories, dark beers, singing and playing music, old-fashioned dancing, and drinking hot tea year round.

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Fr. Nicholas Norman-Krause, Ph.D.

Associate Priest for Campus Ministry

Father Nicholas grew up in central Illinois and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he earned a B.A. in Historical Theology alongside serving as a lay catechist at Redeemer Anglican Church on the city's north side. He completed his Master of Divinity at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, NC, during which he served in lay capacities at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, NC and St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral in Tallahassee, FL. He was ordained a deacon and priest at St. Peter's in Tallahassee.

Father Nicholas has served at Christ Church since 2015. He completed a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics at Baylor and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Religion, where he teaches courses in Christian scripture, history, and theology. He is passionate about seeing people’s lives be shaped by worship and prayer, and helping lay persons develop robust theological perspectives on their lives, vocations, and world. Father Nicholas enjoys sipping coffee, playing music, reading, and cooking and talking politics with his lovely wife Hannah, who is completing her Ph.D in Political Science at Baylor.