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Carl Saxton awarded fellowship

Carl Saxton, a congregant from the Episcopal Church in Parker County, has been awarded a Fund for Theological Education Congregational Fellowship. The fellowship is one of only forty that was awarded nationally and will benefit him with a $3000 scholarship toward his theological education at University of the South School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee this fall. FTE matches a congregational amount of support as an award to the fellowship winner. As part of the fellowship, Carl will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana this week to attend a ministry leadership conference connected to the fellowship which will include various workshops on pastoral leadership, interdenominational and cultural cooperation. He will also be involved in one of several community service projects, many of which will aid the lower ninth ward.

Carl and his wife, Laura moved to Texas in 2007 from the Diocese of Central Florida and immediately contacted Ft. Worth Via Media to locate a new church in the Weatherford area. They found what would soon to be the Episcopal Church in Parker County meeting in the homes of Victoria Prescott and Marti Fagley as they prepared for the congregations led by former Bp. Jack Iker to leave the Episcopal Church. Within the next two years, Carl entered the discernment process and became a Postulant for Holy Orders for the Diocese of Fort Worth.

On July 29, Carl and his wife will travel to Sewanee to begin three years of seminary and receive a Masterís Degree in Divinity from the School of Theology. The Diocese of Fort Worth is an owning diocese of The University of the South School of Theology, but Carl will be the first postulant from the diocese to attend. In the student lounge of the school, crests from the various dioceses students hail from are hung. Currently, there is not one for the Diocese of Fort Worth. If anyone is interested in creating one, please contact Laura Saxton at 817-694-7667.

Please keep the Saxtons in your prayers as they represent the Diocese of Fort Worth and begin this new journey.