Christopher Rodgers ordained a priest

Christopher Rodgers ordained a priest

Bishop Scott Mayers ordained Christopher Rodgers  a priest on behalf of George Sumner, bishop of Dallas, on Thursday, December 6, at the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls, meeting in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Being presented

Presenters were the Rev. J.D. Godwin, Mr. Christopher W. Holley, the Rev. Michael W. Merriman, the Rev. Courtland M. Moore, the Very Rev. John Payne. Mrs. Jennifer L. Rodgers, the Rev. R. Casey Shobe, Mr. Mat Thekkil, Mr. Brent Walker, and Dr. Anne-Marie Williamson.

The sermon

Merriman, retired priest at Transfiguration, also preached, and Godwin, former rector of Transfiguration, was the assisting priest and emcee. The Choristers from the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration sang, directed by Joel Martinson, director of music at Transfiguration. Rodgers, known as Topher, was raised up by Transfiguration, and served in many lay ministries there. The vestments Rodgers wore belong to Godwin, his friend and mentor, and were made for Godwin’s ordination to the priesthood in December, 1972.  The fabric is by Finnish designer Maija ja Kristina Isola for Marimekko.  The design is called Kaivo.

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