* St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Welcomes New Priest **
Father Rabone has served for one-and-a-half years at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in San Angelo as a curate. According to Rabone, a curate is a 2-year position for someone who is in training, but is still clergy. “It’s almost like I’m an assistant priest compared to the Director who is the head priest,” stated Rabone.
Before becoming a curate, Rabone had worked in education as a Band Director and a semi-professional trumpet player in the Dallas area for the first 7 years of his career as an educator. He then became a middle school principal for 22 years. Rabone said he retired from education after 29 years, but during his career he had done a lot for the community and for the church.
“I think God put me on a journey all the way to this point with all the different experiences and the ministries that I’ve gone through,” said Rabone. “I feel like it’s a good fit for me at St. Mary’s the Virgin at Big Spring, and looking forward to working with the congregation, the people, and, also, with the community.”
Rabone told KBest News that he’s been Lion’s Club member for over 10 years and his goal is to become part of the Big Spring Lions Club and be able to do a lot of different things for Big Spring to help people realize that churches and the community can work together.
When asked what made Father Rabone the best person for a position that had been open for over four years, Charla Lewis, a Vestry Member at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, stated, “He is a bundle of energy who is very outgoing and who is all about relationships both within the church and well beyond the church walls into the community.” Lewis also advised that after the Search Committee had discussions with Father Rabone, they believed that he, as a person, defined what St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is all about.
According to Lewis, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is “a Christian denomination following the teachings of Jesus and it’s is done in a way that is based on relationships with others rather than dos and don’ts.” She also went on to say that one of the biggest attractions of the Episcopal Church in general is that they encourage stepping outside of one’s own individual desires and sometimes pettiness to fulfill the bigger goal of community-wide worship, fellowship, and service.
(Photo 1 - Father Christian Rabone with his wife, Tiffany. Photo is from St. Mary's Episcopal Church Facebook page.)