Episcopalians welcome new priest-in-charge Carolyn Metzler
ALPINE – The Rev. Carolyn Metzler begins her official ministry with the people of the Big Bend Episcopal Mission (St. James’ Alpine and St. Mary and Joseph, Lajitas) at 11am this Sunday, April 28 with a gala service of Celebration of New Ministry at St. James’ Alpine.
The Rev. Metzler grew up in Indonesia where her parents were Protestant missionaries. She became an Episcopalian while studying at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. For five years she was a professed member of the Society of St. Margaret, an Episcopal order of monastic women in Duxbury, Mass. She is a 1990 graduate of Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton, Mass. with a master’s degree in cross-cultural theology.
Metzler was ordained as a priest in 2004 by The Rt. Rev. Chilton R. Knudsen. She served St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Winn, Maine from 2004 to 2009 when she and her husband, Dr. Eric W. Metzler, a gerontologist, moved to Albuquerque to continue his medical practice. In Albuquerque, she has served at several churches while maintaining a practice in hospice chaplaincy and spiritual direction.
The Rev. Metzler will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 11am at St. James’ as part of a service of Celebration of New Ministry at which the Rev. Canon Kathleene McNellis, Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of the Rio Grande will preach. The Rev. Jim Gordon, vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marfa will also participate. A reception will follow the service, and the community is warmly invited.
St. James’ is located at Ave. A and N. 6th St. in Alpine.