Welcoming Adam to our Staff!

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Dear Christ Church,

I am pleased to announce that we have hired our next Executive Director of Operations, Adam Fetherstonhaugh. Originally from Northern Ireland and educated in Wales, Adam has been living in Cambodia most recently, where he was the Director of Operations for an NGO the past two years. Prior to that, Adam worked for Royal Mail in the U.K., where he was put on the organizational leadership track, including pursuit of a Masters in Business Administration. He brings a strong set of skills and experience, a dedication to operational leadership as essential to our stewardship and mission, and will enrich our team with cross-cultural perspective.

Adam was able to visit with our staff and Vestry just before Christmas, a delightful time of getting to know each other face to face, and for him to explore Austin and the ethos of our church community. Adam is a lifelong Anglican, and most recently worshipped at the international Anglican parish in Phnom Penh, where I’ve worshipped and preached when leading teams from our own congregation to Cambodia (prior to Adam’s arrival). It’s a crazy story how our position opening and Adam found each other! Some other interests of Adam’s include Oceanic Sciences (and related environmental concerns) and adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities!

One important note, and prayer request, concerning Adam’s employment: it will take a few months to sort out a work visa for him. Please pray that this process goes smoothly and quickly. And let me take this opportunity to say how incredibly thankful I am for Laura Smith, our Assistant to the Director of Operations, who continues to fill this gap so ably and cheerfully!

Grace and peace,

Cliff+

P.S. In light of the rising number of Covid cases, we want to keep you abreast of our precautions. Sunday worship remains available in three settings to best serve the various precautionary health needs of our community: (1) live streaming for anyone with COVID-like symptoms or otherwise needing to avoid social proximity for health reasons; (2) outdoor worship in the courtyard; (3) indoor worship, with masks still encouraged. Two new updates: Austin has now crossed the threshold for Stage 5, so communion servers will continue to be masked. Also, masking will now be required for all caregivers and volunteers working with children in our nursery and Kids Quest.