Hail and Farewell – Fr. Jeffrey Nelson
Ed. note: The following letter is from Fr. Jeffrey Nelson, Rector of Church of Our Savior, North Platte. We wish both Fr. Jeffrey and the people of Our Savior Godspeed for this next step in their journeys, and our prayers lift them up in this time of transition.
It is with great joy that I announce that I have accepted a call to become Priest-in-Charge of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado. I begin my duties there on January 23, 2019. St. Barnabas is a parish in transition. In my new work, I will walk with the people of the parish to help them discern God’s call to them in the next season of their life and help them live into that call faithfully and courageously. St. Barnabas Church is a good fit for me because it has a long history of advocacy on behalf of the poor, the marginalized, and the dispossessed in both church and society, long a passion of mine called out in prayer and spiritual direction to be exercised more fully and publicly in my ministry.
But there is sadness amid the joy of this new adventure. I leave people I have come to know, love, and respect deeply at Church of Our Savior in North Platte and St. Joseph’s Church in Mullen. Further, I have been privileged and blessed to serve with you as a priest in the Diocese of Nebraska for the past eight years, and I leave with many fond memories, good friends, a sense of accomplishment and work faithfully done, and gifts and blessings that will serve me well as I take up my new call in Denver. I am grateful for the spirit-filled leadership of Bishop Barker and his staff in their faithful leadership of the diocese, and to you, my brothers and sisters, for the gifts and faithfulness you bring each day to the people among whom you are called to serve. Thank you for your partnership in this ministry. May God bless you richly as you continue to serve the people of Nebraska.
Fr. Jeffrey Nelson+