The Rev. Javier E. Almendárez Bautista, a seminarian from the Diocese of North Carolina, joins St. Paul’s as full time associate rector effective June 13, 2016. Javier earned his Masters of Divinity Degree at Duke Divinity School and recently completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Javier was born in El Salvador and as a young child he and his family moved to Portland, Oregon. Prior to studying at Duke, Javier worked as a Mental Health Therapist and Case Manager at Consejo Counseling and Referral Service in Seattle, Washington. It was also in Seattle that he discovered the Episcopal Church. During his formation Javier did intern work in parishes in Durham, Apex, Oxford, and Raleigh as well as a summer internship with the L’Arche community in Ontario. Javier also worked as a lay minister at St. Philip’s, Durham during the year between Divinity School and Anglican Studies at Virginia.
Javier was ordained a deacon, along with other Diocese of North Carolina seminarians, at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh, on June 11, 2016. His ordination to the priesthood will be in about 6 months.
Transitional deacons The Rev. Timothy Meyers, The Rev. Amy Duggins, The Rev. Joseph Wolyniak, The Rev. Javier Bautista and The Rev. Gregory Farrand, ordained to transitional diaconate June 11, 2016. To the right is The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple.
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