Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with the greatest pleasure, that I introduce Rev. Cameron Nations as our new Rector! Father Cameron will officially begin his work with us on September 1, but is ready to begin meeting us before that date. Take a look at his story below, and be sure to watch this coming Sunday’s (July 19th) morning prayer to watch an introduction video. We are also planning a live virtual event in a few weeks. Father Cameron and his wife Carly will move to the area in mid-August.
I want to thank our Search Committee and the Vestry of St. Richard’s for their generous service in bringing us a new Rector.
Thanks be to God,
Robin Mueller, Senior Warden
Dear St. Richard’s,
My name is Cameron Nations, and I am excited to introduce myself as your next rector!
I currently have the privilege of serving as the Associate Rector for Parish Life and Community Development at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL. In this capacity, I’m involved in our parish’s family ministries, working closely with a team of about seven lay ministers on staff who are devoted to providing spiritual formation to the children, youth, young adults, and parents of the parish.
I also oversee our parish’s outreach and community engagement initiatives, where, in addition to awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in community outreach grants, we do everything from working with numerous homeless shelters in downtown Birmingham to partnering with some of our sister parishes to run food pantries. In 2019, we even helped forgive $8.5 million in oppressive medical debt for over 6,500 households in central Alabama.
In addition to my role at Saint Luke's, I’m also active in the life of the Diocese of Alabama, serving on multiple diocesan boards— including the board of Camp McDowell, our camp and conference center— and on the boards of other local charitable organizations here in Birmingham.
My wife Carly teaches 9th and 10th grade English at the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, our county's IB high school. In addition to teaching, Carly also does freelance writing projects for a variety of online and print publications.
We share our home with three dogs (Arthur, Sophie, and Rupert), and one cat (Mable).
For fun, I enjoy spending time with Carly and our animals. I like to cook, have friends over for dinner, watch auto racing, read, write, listen to music, ride motorcycles, and get lost in a good podcast or documentary (though usually not all at once).
Please know that Carly and I have been praying for you and this process for many months, and we are both so grateful that God has brought us here to begin this next chapter in ministry with you.
It almost goes without saying that these are strange and uncertain times. This moment presents us all with challenges we’ve not faced before, like getting used to wearing masks everywhere or figuring out how to stream and edit worship services— to say nothing of how to live most of our lives on Zoom. Folks are hurting. The bonds of Christian community that carry us in times of trouble have been strained in ways none of us could have imagined only a year ago. We yearn to be together, to celebrate Communion again, to gather like Christians have always gathered since the earliest days of the Church. And still more challenges surely lie ahead.
Yet despite the uncertainty of this moment, I know that God’s great grace and mercy will see us through. We will navigate this new reality together, repeating those words from our Baptism: I will, with God’s help.
Carly and I look forward to joining y’all in Round Rock soon!