Wilmette’s St. Augustine’s Church Welcomes New Minister

The former associate rector at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Lake Forest will preside at her first service on Sept. 9.

Information provided by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church.

Wilmette’s is inviting the community to welcome Reverend Kristin White to the area. 

Rev. White will preside at her first service on Sunday, September 9 at 9:30 AM. Following the service, at around 10:30 a.m., there will be a reception for her and her family, husband John and daughter Grace. 

A native of Oregon, Rev. White taught high school English for 10 years in Salem, Ore. She came to Illinois in 2006 when she enrolled at Seabury-Western Seminary in Evanston. 

For the past five years Rev. White has been affiliated with Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Lake Forest, first, as her field placement while in seminary, then as Associate Rector. She was instrumental in developing the Spiritual Life Renewal Survey for the Episcopal Church. 

Rev. White has a particular love for youth and newcomer ministries. She coordinated a sister-church relationship between Holy Spirit and a Hispanic parish in Waukegan. 

“[We] were most impressed with Kristin’s track record in her current ministry including her collegial leadership style, her work in exploring spiritual life, her organizational abilities, her understanding of the challenges facing the church and her warm and gracious personality,” St. Augustine’s govern body said in a statement.

St. Augustine’s Church has been active in Wilmette since it began in 1893. Its current structure was built in 1943. In 1981, it became the first parish in the diocese to call a woman priest as an Assistant Rector.

St Augustine’s has a long tradition of service within the community and to the broader world. On weekdays, Rose Hall Montessori School offers educational programs for young children. Groups who meet regularly at St A’s include Al-Anon, the North Shore Harmonizers, and the Dulcimer Society of Northern Illinois. Many will recognize the church as the site of its colorful annual front lawn Plant Sale.

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melanie Lewis August 31, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I went into St Augustines just last week, while my car was stalled across the street. I was without money, and I had bought bad gas from bp. I slept in the car about a week or so in front of a tree across from the church. I had my car sold to Northshore towing cause I couldn't pay to get the engine problems fixed. It was stalling, and jerking, and hard starting initially. Then it just stop starting by the time I towed. I was pissy and wanted to freshen up after speaking to Wilmette police, and the church allowed me to use their bathroom. And they excitedly spoke about the new minister coming next week. So that was the most memorable of the bad gas ordeal. Nice people, that Wilmette police didn't care anything about me. I was rotting in that car, I had stayed weeks in Evanston, and northbrook in my car also. I was dirty. I'm home now. A church sent me a bus ticket, and picked me up a few days ago. She took me to Walmart to get food, and I'm here. I had to sell my car for 200dollares. Hopefully bp claims will get my car back and reimburse me for the gas, and towing and related expenses. Surprisingly I'm not all tears, like I was before when I got home after being treated badly in Chicago. I figured no one cares if I cry, so I hold it in. But the comments, being called nigger by Wilmette resident.it. Keep me up, and in your prayers. God love you, and bless you. :) All the best, Melanie
melanie Lewis August 31, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Sorry for the typos.
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