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Welcome to the Diocese of NW Texas

NWT Shield bg small2Welcome to the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northwest Texas--a place where the vast open plains are as wondrous as the big sky above!... The landscape, covering 77,000 square miles is as diverse as... READ MORE...

Easter When: April 16, 2017
Good Friday – HEC closed When: April 14, 2017
Easter Monday – HEC closed When: April 17, 2017

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The Presiding Bishop's Visit 

To the Diocese of Northwest Texas 

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The weekend of Palm Sunday was a busy one for the clergy and parishioners of Church of the Heavenly Rest (CHR) in Abilene. The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, made his way to Abilene following a series of events "nextdoor" in the Diocese of Ft. Worth. The first public event was the dedication and consecration of the newest portion of the CHR plant - Gerhart Hall, named for Pastor Willis Gerhart, who served as their rector from 1920-1957. To this day Pastor Gerhart is much beloved and fondly remembered.

News from our Schools
April 2017 

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Excitement is in the air in Northwest Texas. Two of our amazing diocesan Episcopal schools have been involved in a search process over the last several months to determine who will "step into the shoes" of their retiring Heads of School.

St. Andrew's Episcopal SchoolJoelBicknell, Amarillo, has recently called Joel Bicknell as their new Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. Joel brings outstanding credentials and sixteen years of experience as teacher, coach, and school administrator. He currrently serves as Head of School at Holland Hall in Tulsa, OK, and holds both an M.A. and an M.Ed. in School Administration, in addition to the National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Heads F...

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The Diocese of Northwest Texas is comprised of eighty counties covering 77,000 square miles. Northwest Texas became a missionary district in 1911 when the Missionary District of Northern Texas split into two regions: the Diocese of Dallas and the Missionary District of North Texas by action of the General Convention and petitioned the General Convention to become a diocese in 1958. The diocese is the home of 32 parishes, missions and congregations; six schools; and one retirement center in Odessa.

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Meet Our Bishop of the NW Texas Diocese

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Bishop James Scott Mayer Bishop since 2009
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Consecration March 21, 2009 Click image to view video
At the Special Electing Convention held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lubbock on November 22nd, 2008, the Rev. James Scott Mayer, Rector of the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, was elected the Fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas. Fr. Mayer was elected on the second ballot.

Bishop Mayer was consecrated on Saturday, March 21st, at First United Methodist Church in Lubbock. Our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, was the chief consecrator and was joined by Bishops from around the Church.

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