The Vestry of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Granbury has called the Rev. Dr. Bonnie Mixon McCrickard as our Rector. Her first Sunday with us was July 2, 2023, and Bishop Andy Doyle installed McCrickard as the Rector on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
McCrickard was most recently the Rector of St Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was also Dean of the Wissahickon Convocation in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and served on numerous diocesan committees.
Previously she was the Associate Rector at Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, AL, after completing her M.Div. at the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Before entering the priesthood, she was a medical Social Worker for 15 years in Nashville, TN.
Her education includes a Doctor of Ministry, Drew University, Madison, NJ (2020), Master of Divinity, University of the South, Sewanee, TN (2014), Bachelor of Arts in Ministry, Belmont University, Nashville, TN (2009), Master of Social Work, Washington University, Saint Louis, MO (1996) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Trinity University, San Antonio, Tx (1994).
Our Treasurer, Carol Holmgreen is retired after working thirty-one years at the University of Texas at Austin and has been a member of Good Shepherd since moving to Granbury in 2015. She has served as treasurer since 2018.
Church Organist and Choir director is Mitzi Ames.
Spiritual direction is the process of accompanying people on their spiritual journey. It helps people to tell their sacred stories of every day. Spiritual direction exists in a context that emphasizes: growing closer to God; it invites a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human and it offers a place to explore prayer practices, meditation, and spiritual experiences. The role of spiritual director is to be a welcoming presence as directees listen to God with the “ear of their hearts” and become aware of how God is being revealed in the mystery of their lives. In any meeting for spiritual direction the true director is always the Holy Spirit.
Susan's training as a spiritual director was with the “Formation in Direction” school of the Diocese of Texas. She was commissioned by the bishop in June of 2014 after completion of the three-year program.