Trinity Welcomes The Rev. Nan Kennedy
We are proud and excited to announce that The Reverend Nan Kennedy has accepted the call to be Trinity’s new part-time Associate Rector. Below is a short bio of Nan.
“Nan,” as she likes to be called, or “Rev. Nan” by the children of the parish, is a cradle Episcopalian who has been an ordained priest for almost twenty-five years. She grew up in the Hill Country of Texas, in a family active at Grace Episcopal Church in Llano. Having graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, she served in the US Public Health Service as a hospital pharmacist. Nan served on the Zuñi Indian Reservation in western New Mexico and with the Chickasaws in Oklahoma.
Following Nan’s active involvement at St. Luke’s, Ada, she entered the Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin, TX. Out of seminary, she was hired as curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Tulsa, OK, then after two years, as the Associate for Pastoral Care. During that time she met her husband, Stephen Kennedy, and they married in 1993. Two years later they were the proud parents of triplet children.
When their children were born, Nan reduced her position to half time at St. Luke’s in order to balance family and professional needs. After one year, she was hired as Upper School Chaplain at Holland Hall, an Episcopal school in Tulsa. When her husband was called as head of All Saints’ Episcopal School in Beaumont, TX, Nan became the school’s chaplain. She also served as a part-time associate at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Her husband was next called to be the headmaster of Trinity School, Atlanta, GA. After taking a year to get the family settled, Nan served as Associate for Pastoral Care at St. Luke’s, Atlanta, for five years before stepping out of the parish when their children became teenagers. When they went to college, she resumed her parish ministry as part-time interim Rector of The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, in Greensboro, GA. The Kennedys moved back to the Hill Country after Stephen’s retirement to be closer to Nan’s family, and are happily settled in Liberty Hill.
Most of Nan’s ministry has focused on pastoral care, serving parishioners across the age spectrum at both small and large parishes. She has enjoyed supporting lay ministry by conducting training for LEVs, lectors, and chalice bearers. In several parishes, she has also had a significant role in liturgical planning, which she sees as being connected to pastoral care, because beautiful, creative, and empowering liturgies can both care for and strengthen parishioners and their churches.