What’s coming next?

Here in Texas, summer is really starting to really heat up, which means that we can’t be too far away from August and the start of year two of Brazos Fellows. It looks like it’s shaping up to be a great year, and with orientation coming quickly, I wanted to share several exciting news items with you. 

Introducing the 2019-2020 Brazos Fellows
I’m very pleased to introduce our incoming cohort:

  • Savannah Anne Carman is originally from south Charlotte in Waxhaw, NC. In May she graduated from The King’s College (NYC) with a bachelors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Brazos Fellows drew her attention because of its monastic-like lifestyle of daily prayer, shared meals, and study in a small community. In addition to these routines, she looks forward to studying questions about human teleology and the effects of technology (from the hammer to the internet) in human relations.
  • Emily Engelhardt is originally from Boulder Colorado, and recently graduated from Baylor University in the spring. She studied a variety of subjects through the University Scholars program, including literature, theology, and philosophy, and is a long-time member of Christ Church. Brazos Fellows is too good of an opportunity to pass up, and she is particularly excited to jump into the course of study.
  • Victoria Malone is from Arlington, Texas, and just graduated from Baylor in May with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was drawn to Brazos Fellows by the opportunity to practice rhythms of study, work, and rest—all practiced to the end of knowing and loving God more fully. She is especially looking forward to learning from the Desert Fathers, and is excited to become part the Christ Church community in the coming year.
  • Emily Verdoorn is from Des Moines, IA. She studied Visual Art at Belhaven University (Jackson, MI) where she became deeply interested in drawing as a way to be more attentive to the world of her everyday experience. Since graduating she has been teaching art lessons to children as well as developing her own art practice. Participating in the incarnational practices of liturgy and spiritual disciplines in community intrigues her, and she hopes this time will deepen her relationship to Christ. She hopes to study some variation of the relationship between art and the Church both in history and in our present time.

Each of these young women is a fantastic fit for the program, and we’re very excited about sharing a year together of study, discernment, prayer, and Christian community.  Please join us in praying for them as they move to Waco and prepare to begin the fellowship.


Hitting the Road
This summer, I’ve been able to present about Brazos Fellows on several trips, including in Vancouver, BC, the Anglican Provincial Assembly in Plano, TX, and the Anglican Way Institute conference in Dallas. In the fall, I’ll make a number of other trips to John Brown University, Biola University, Dallas, and New York City. My hope for these trips is to connect with like-minded educators and ministers and meet with students who might be interested in Brazos Fellows. We appreciate your prayers that these recruiting efforts will be fruitful in bringing together our future cohorts.
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We’re excited about what this year holds for our family. Next month, I’ll receive my Ph.D. in History from Baylor, wrapping up many years of graduate study. In addition to directing Brazos Fellows, this year I’ll teach at Baylor as an adjunct instructor. In even better news, in December we’re expecting another Gutacker baby to join us! We’ve many reasons to celebrate and give thanks to God. Thank you for sharing in our joy.
Funding Brazos Fellows
Finally, I want to invite you to participate in the work of Brazos Fellows. Through much generosity, we’ve been able to keep tuition low in our first years of the program. Last year, individual donors contributed over $15,000 to the fellowship–mostly in small monthly donations. Would you prayerfully consider joining these donors with a monthly gift of $25, $50, or $100? Our goal for 2019-2020 is to raise $20,000, which will allow us to cover program expenses, develop and recruit for future years, and continue to keep the fellowship affordable. Details on how to donate are below:

All gifts should be made out to Christ Church Waco with a designation to Brazos Fellows, as donations made in this fashion will be tax deductible. To donate by mail, write to Christ Church Waco, ATTN: Brazos Fellows, 1008 Jefferson Ave., Waco, TX 76701. To donate online, visit brazosfellows.com/give.