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-From the Foreword, by James W. Nutter, Rector, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas
Jim Nutter is the fifth rector of Palmer Church, having accepted the position in December 1994, coming to Houston from St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine.
Born in Minden, La., Jim lived in several locations while growing up, including Mexico, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Baltimore before settling in Maine where he attended Bates College in Lewiston and graduated with a B.A. in English.
During a year abroad at Manchester College in Oxford, England, he discerned God's call on his life and subsequently entered Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.
Following four years as an Assistant Priest at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke
in Portland, Maine, Jim
was called as rector of St. Peter's
, Rockland in 1987.
While in the Diocese of Maine, he chaired the Commission on Ministry (1988-1994) and was a member of the Standing Committee as well as the Bishop's Task Force on AIDS.
At St. Peter's
started a Soup Kitchen, began an AIDS ministry, and revitalized the children's program, among other things.
Since joining the Diocese of Texas, Jim has chaired the Evangelism Commission (1998-2001), served on the Executive Board of the Diocese, been a member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System (1998-2007), and served as an Alternate Delegate to the 74th and 75th General Conventions of the national Episcopal Church.
He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Episcopal High School in Houston.
As rector, Jim focuses his energies on Palmer Church as a sanctuary for all of God's children with fully devoted and committed disciples of Jesus Christ.
passions are preaching (he received the prestigious John Hines Preaching Award in 2005 from the Virginia Theological Seminary) and teaching.
, with committed and talented parishioners, oversees the Stewardship and Evangelism ministries at Palmer.
When not at Palmer, Jim likes exercising, particularly biking, reading, and spending time with his wife, Dr. Lucy Puryear, a psychiatrist and author.
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church -Biographical Sketch: Rev'd James W. Nutter
Fr. Nutter defines his life roles through his faith, his loves, and his vocation: a devoted follower of Jesus Christ; a faithful and loving husband and father; and a pastor to the parishioners of Palmer Church.In his role as pastor he preaches of God's word, teaches and models how God's love and mercy is waiting for us all, and is both a servant and leader of the community. Fr. Jim Nutter accepted the call to be rector of Palmer Church in December 1994 coming to Houston from St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine.He completed his Masters Degree in Divinity at Nashotah House Seminary after receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Bates College.Presently he is pursuing a doctorate in Ministry Studies from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. In addition to his many duties as rector, and time spent in the pastoral care of his flock, Fr. Nutter is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, a member of the Executive Board of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and the Chairman of the Evangelism Commission for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Fr. Nutter is a frequent speaker on the topic of evangelism at clergy retreats and diocesan gatherings.His message is a joyful and passionate call to be witnesses for Christ. Jim Nutter is married to Jeanne Titherington and they are the parents of two children, Anna and John Gabriel.
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I'm indebted to my friend, Jim Nutter, rector of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, for several of the metaphors in this post.
About twenty years ago a friend ...
About twenty years ago a friend of mine, Fr. Jim Nutter, then rector of St. Peter's, Rockland, ME and now rector of Palmer Memorial Church, Houston, wrote them as his Maundy Thursday homily.
With his permission I used them as the Prayers of the People the following year at St. Thomas', Camden and have used them there and at St. Mary's ever since.