Fr. Jonathan Kanary, Ph.D.

Priest in Charge and Scholar in Residence for Brazos Fellows

 

Father Jonathan first learned to love Jesus and His Church as a Methodist preacher's kid in small-town Oklahoma. He studied literature at Patrick Henry College, where his desire for a more historically rooted and sacramental faith led him into the Anglican tradition. He eventually discerned a call to the priesthood and attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he earned the Master of Divinity, and later a Master of Sacred Theology. After serving for several years as a full-time priest at Saint Columba Church in Fresno, CA, he came to Waco in 2015 to pursue doctoral studies. In 2021, he completed a PhD in English with a concentration in Religion and Literature at Baylor University, where he continues to teach part-time.

Father Jonathan is passionate about seeing people grow and thrive in their journey with Jesus. His ministry at Christ Church over the years has included a special emphasis on spiritual direction and confession. He also regularly preaches and serves at the altar, seeking always to help the whole body of Christ’s people “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” As a member of the Liturgy Task Force for the Anglican Church in North America, he contributed significantly to the Book of Common Prayer 2019. And he has been involved with Brazos Fellows since its founding, as a guest lecturer, tutor, spiritual director, and (since 2021) Scholar in Residence. 

All of this keeps him pretty busy, but Father Jonathan still finds time for hobbies: gathering around a dinner-table with friends, reading children’s books aloud (mostly to adults), strumming a guitar, or cultivating his swing-dancing skills. 

If you ever wonder whether Fr. Jonathan wants a hug or a cup of hot tea, the answer is almost certainly “yes.”

 

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Fr. Nicholas Norman-Krause, Ph.D.

Associate Priest and Chaplain for Anglican Student Ministries, Baylor University

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 and certificate in Anglican Studies at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, NC, during which he served in lay ministry 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 been serving at Christ Church since 2015, when he came to Waco to complete a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics at Baylor. He works now as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor, where he studies the nature of human flourishing and the place of religion in contemporary social life.

At Christ Church, Father Nicholas’s ministry has included a special attention to catechesis and teaching, ministry to college and graduate students, and helping people develop robust theological perspectives on their lives, vocations, and world. Father Nicholas enjoys sipping coffee, playing music, golf, reading, and cooking and talking politics with his lovely wife Hannah, who is completing her Ph.D in Political Science at Baylor.