St. Andrew's Current Events
Announcement from Senior Warden
The Wardens, Vestry and people of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Lawton, Oklahoma, are proud and excited to announce that the Reverend Stephanie Jenkins has accepted the call to become our next rector. Bishop Konieczny has consented to the call and Reverend Stephanie will begin her ministry at St. Andrew’s on November 1, 2019.
Reverend Stephanie’s roots in southwest Oklahoma grow deep. A native of Duncan, Oklahoma, she was an All-State Basketball player at Duncan High School and later attended college at the University of Oklahoma, where she majored in sociology and from which she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. Following graduation from OU, Reverend Stephanie served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia before returning to her hometown as Executive Director of the Chisholm Trail Art Council. In 2007 she began studies at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts from which she was awarded her Masters of Divinity in 2010. She was ordained to the priesthood in July of 2010.
Following her ordination, Reverend Stephanie accepted a position as curate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, eventually serving as Priest-in-Charge during the regular priest’s extended absence due to illness. Since her time at St. Luke’s, she has served as Assistant Priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston, Massachusetts, Campus Missioner for the Diocese of Kansas to colleges and universities across the diocese, and as Chaplain and Teacher at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, Kansas.
Reverend Stephanie is married to Richard Jenkins, a cartoonist, educator, and author. They are proud parents of two children, Henry (7) and Cora (5).
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Meet the Reverend Stephanie Jenkins
The Reverend Stephanie Jenkins
240 Deerfield Lane
Lawrence, KS 66049
The 13th Sunday after Pentecost
September 8, 2019
Greetings to the Faithful at Saint Andrew’s,
Words cannot fully express how excited I am to be called as the next rector of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Oklahoma, with its people and red dirt is our heart’s home, something we often suspected after finishing my curacy at Saint Luke’s in Bartlesville, OK in 2012. As we served in other ministry settings during the intervening years, life continued to unfold - ministry took shape, a second child was born, big brother continued to grow, lessons were learned, and the passing of years were celebrated. God remained with us and in those surrounding us each step of the way. The Spirit in Oklahoma continued saying, “One day.” The years passed.
And now that day has arrived! Here I am, writing this letter of introduction to God’s beloved at Saint Andrew’s and giving thanks for the “process” - both the “official” one and the one that happens within the daily prayers of life. A process that ultimately brought our family and Saint Andrew’s to this window of time. Both Richard and I could not have imagined a better fit for us than Saint Andrew’s – a diverse community, one both he and I are familiar with; gymnasiums I grew up playing hoops in; and mountains, bordered by the region’s historic army post, that I grew up hiking with my family and youth group.
While these early memories are important, they capture only a small portion of what drew us to Saint Andrew’s – which is its people! Specifically, the generous hearts of each member we encountered and their renewed desire and effort to see God’s love shared with each other and the world they live. I sensed this when I first read your profile and the aspirations you named: welcoming families, healing from life’s circumstances, spiritual formation for all, and partnering with neighbors to serve the immediate community. Your generosity and desire to share God’s love was confirmed with each conversation – be it on the phone, over a meal, or within an interview.
I feel incredibly honored you have called me to serve as your rector. Please know, I am counting the days until I get to meet all the faithful at Saint Andrew’s and continue learning about your role in the wider community. My prayer for us all, as we move into a new ministry partnership, is one that was set in motion with each of our baptisms - the sacrament that simultaneously marked us as Christ’s own and sent us out into the world to “seek and serve Christ in all persons.”
“Heavenly Father, … Sustain us, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give us inquiring and discerning hearts, the courage to will and to persevere, the spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen The Book of Common Prayer, page 308
With thankful anticipation,
The Reverend Stephanie Jenkins