Monday Message 8-23-2021

Dear Trinity Families,

I want to welcome Reverend Jimmy Abbott to our Trinity community. Reverend Abbott was born in Los Angeles, California but spent most of his childhood outside of Dallas. He studied history at the University of Texas and met his wife, Maggie, in the Longhorn Band. (Back when he played tuba, but you wouldn’t want to hear him play now!) After graduation, they were engaged to be married, but spent the next three years in separate graduate programs. Maggie attended physical therapy school at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, while he went to Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. Married in 2010 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Austin, they then moved to Waco. Maggie worked as a physical therapist in the local hospital and Jimmy served as the curate at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

In 2012, he was called to serve as the rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Spring, Texas. Spring has grown dramatically since then and the church reflected those changes. Much of his work at Holy Comforter focused on this growth and the construction of a new church building that was dedicated in 2019.

Since 2018, Maggie has worked as the Director of Outreach for the Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS). In this role, she uses her expertise as a Doctor of Physical Therapy to lead exercise classes and educational opportunities for clients with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. As Galveston is in the HAPS service area, she will continue in this role.

Their daughter, Lydia, was born in 2013 and is a second grader at Trinity Episcopal School. The Abbott family is thrilled for this opportunity to work, worship, and learn through the ministry of Trinity Church and School. Beyond that, Lydia participates in Girl Scouts, dance, and gymnastics.

Reverend Abbott serves as the Diocesan Historian, and he teaches church history at the Iona School for Ministry. I want to say how excited I am to serve next to Jimmy as he will help lead in chapel and in various ministries around the school campus.

With warm regards,

Mark Ravelli, Head of School