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It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have new a clergy transition to announce.

The Rev. J. Wesley Evans has accepted a call as rector of St. Mary’s, Lakewood.

Fr. Wesley graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a ThM before completing the Anglican Studies program at Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary. It was during his time at DTS that a shift in theological convictions led him into the Episcopal Church, and he was ordained to the Diaconate after graduation from Nashotah. From diaconate through priesthood he served various places in Texas – as a curate at Good Shepherd in Terrell, an assisting priest at Holy Nativity in Plano, and finally rector for eight years at St. Stephen’s in Sherman before being called to St. Mary’s in Lakewood, WA. In addition to parish ministry he’s served on the Dallas Diocesan College Ministry Commission, organizing retreats to help college students deepen their faith and assisting in Diocesan-wide college ministry initiatives. He’s also a member of the Anglican Order of Preachers (Dominicans), a religious community in the spirit of St. Dominic focused on preaching, teaching, and proclamation of the Gospel.

In his spare time Fr. Wesley enjoys hiking and being among trees, so he is very excited to explore all Washington has to offer. His other interests include historical combat sports, table top fantasy gaming, occasionally making his own incense, and he’s recently been learning to play the recorder. His wife, Alicia, also has a ThM from Dallas Seminary with an emphasis on New Testament studies. They met in seminary while she was on a similar journey into the Episcopal Church, during which they were confirmed together and later married by the Dean of the Cathedral in Dallas. After ten years of working for Disney, she’s recently switched careers into the financial sector. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting and gardening. Rounding out their family are several rescue cats – Bernie, Pixel, Gigi, Hope, James Jr., and Torts.

Please join us in welcoming Rev. Evans to the diocese, and keep all congregations experiencing transition in your prayers.

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