Father Lee M. Nelson, SSC
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 Christian, An 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Jonathan Kanary
Associate Priest for Spiritual Direction
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 now pursuing a PhD in English with a concentration in Religion and Literature at Baylor University, while also serving 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.
Father Nicholas Krause
Associate Priest for Campus Ministry
Father Nicholas grew up in a small farm town in central Illinois before heading to the big city of Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute. Here he earned a B.A. in Historical Theology alongside serving as a catechist at Redeemer Anglican Church on the city's north side. Nicholas then completed an M.Div. 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 Church in Tallahassee, FL. He was ordained a deacon and priest at St. Peter's in Tallahassee.
Nicholas is currently working on a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics at Baylor University, researching the intersection of the Augustinian theological tradition, political philosophy, and the philosophy of language. He is passionate about seeing people shaped by worship and prayer, and helping lay persons develop robust theological perspectives on their lives, vocations, and world. Nicholas spends his free time sipping coffee, playing music, and reading.
Father Matthew Aughtry
Associate Priest for Arts Ministry
Father Matthew is a priest and filmmaker. He serves as the Associate Priest for Arts Ministry at Christ Church Waco and produces documentary videos for Baylor University, where he is also pursuing a Master of Arts in Film and Digital media. Mathew holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary where he was a Brehm Scholar for Theology and the Arts. He holds a bachelor's degree in Film Studies from USC in his home state of South Carolina and a certificate from UCLA in screenwriting. He is married to Kathryn and has two children, Ethan and Lucy Mae.
Matthew has a love for the arts as purveyors of beauty that have the capacity to usher us ever closer to the goodness and truth of God in Christ. He has an equal regard for those who have been given the Spirit-led vocation of crafting new creations out of chaos in a world rife with destruction. As an artist himself, he is well acquainted with the obstacles of ego, pride, shame, and limitation that have a tendency to haunt the artist's sense of work and self-wroth. He counts it a great joy to journey alongside artists as they walk the pilgrim path of creation.