The wait is over and I am excited!! I am glad to announce on behalf of the Vestry and the Search Committee that Father Keith Winton is our new Rector! Father Keith is presently serving as Assistant Rector at All Saints Episcopal Church here in Omaha. The unanimous recommendation from the Search Committee received a unanimous vote from the Vestry. Father Keith’s acceptance response was “I’m speechless.” He is obviously very excited as well.
Due to Fr. Keith’s previous commitments, his first day at St. Andrew’s will be Wednesday, June 1, 2022 meaning his first weekend will be Pentecost June 4 and 5. We will have a welcome reception and Pentecost celebration that Sunday morning. We will also be having meet and greet opportunities for Fr. Keith and his family over the next several weeks and months that we are still coordinating. See below for a letter and quick bio from Fr. Keith.
This is an exciting time at St. Andrew’s as we take our next step into the future. We are very blessed that the Good Lord has provided us with an outstanding new Rector. We thank you for all of your prayers and support during this discernment process. We now need to welcome Fr. Keith, his wife, Lisa, and their family with open arms and support.
Ken West, Senior Warden
Dear people of St. Andrew’s:
I am overjoyed to be writing this as your new Rector! Throughout the past few months, as I have met with the Search Committee and the Vestry, I felt a strong sense of the Holy Spirit bringing us together and guiding us together, and I have accepted your call with a great sense of humility and excitement. It is clear from the hard work of the Search Committee that St. Andrew’s is a parish with a strong sense of mission, and a burning desire for a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through Scripture, prayer, and formation. I look forward to learning more about your ministries and fellowship, and to our journey together as we discern the amazing plans God has in store for us.
Here’s just a little bit about me: I have been Assistant Rector at All Saints here in Omaha for three years, and before that I served as Deacon at St. David’s in Lincoln, and at St. Martin of Tours and St. Augustine’s during my seminary years. One of my great joys is developing and teaching creative and engaging Bible studies and other devotional classes. I have been a part-time chaplain at the Nebraska Medical Center for the past five years. My family’s home parish is Church of the Resurrection. Prior to ordination I was a small business owner (software development) in the manufacturing, e-commerce, and healthcare industries. My wife Lisa and I have three children: Maggie (23), Joey (21, a junior at Doane University in Crete), and Bobby (16, a sophomore at Central High School). In addition to my family, my passions are music (I’m a tenor), our pets, and cooking.
Yours in Christ’s love,
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