It’s with bittersweet excitement that I announce that the Rev. Hunter Ruffin, our Associate for Mission & Outreach, has accepted the call to start a new Episcopal congregation in the Diocese of Forth Worth. With this move, Hunter is responding to the call God has put in his heart to engage directly in missionary work. Although we will certainly miss his joyful presence, his infectious laughter, and, most of all, his inspired leadership of our Mission and Outreach Ministry, I hope you will join me in celebrating Hunter’s ministry among us at a reception on Sunday, April 30, where we will send him forth with our prayers and support. Mission & Outreach is a critical part of our life together and I will begin a search for a new associate to lead us in those efforts very soon. Until then, please find a wonderful letter from Hunter below.
The Rev. Christopher D. Girata, Rector
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Since coming to Saint Michael and All Angels two years ago, I have been amazed how the Holy Spirit has led our church into new ministries caring for our neighbors both far and near. I have worked alongside you at Jubilee Park, the Austin Street Shelter, and The Gathering. We’ve traveled together to Cuba, Honduras, and Bolivia. The generosity of our parish through the Christmas and Easter offerings to our outreach ministries has been astonishing.
As many of you know, I have long desired to do missionary work in the church. The zeal for sharing God’s love with all our neighbors that I have experienced at Saint Michael has kept me buoyant and has now called me into a new ministry. In June, I will begin working with the Diocese of Fort Worth and with a committed group of lay people as a church planter in the far western part of the city. I am excited to be going into the periphery of our church to plant a new mission of The Episcopal Church and to serve a new community of people. My last Sunday at Saint Michael and All Angels will be on May 7.
At the conclusion of the Gospel according to Matthew Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I have accepted God’s call, and now I ask your blessing as I embark on this next step of my ministry. I am thankful to have been part of Saint Michael and All Angels, to have served alongside such talented people, and to have celebrated the love of God made known through Jesus Christ with you. Please pray for me as I venture into unchartered territory, and I will continue to pray for the life and vitality of Saint Michael and All Angels.
In Christ’s Peace,
The Rev. Hunter Ruffin