I am thrilled to announce to the Calvary community that your next associate rector will be the Rev. Amber Carswell. Amber comes to us from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock, where she currently serves as canon and director of program. At Trinity, she started a thriving arts outreach program with a local charter school, got young adults talking about life, theology, and everything in local pubs, and coordinated a lecture series that brought some of American Christianity’s most important voices to Little Rock, just to name a few of her projects. She also happens to be one of the most gifted and insightful preachers and teachers I know.
Amber grew up in small-town Kansas, the oldest (and tallest) of four sisters. She is married to Melissa Wilkinson, an artist and professor of painting and drawing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. They are herded around by their three dogs. An avid hiker, aspiring yogi, and fair-weather cyclist, Amber ran the Little Rock marathon last year and thought the experience worth never repeating. She loves cooking, gardening, and Dostoevsky.
Amber’s first Sunday will be January 28. It will be a joy to see what God does among us and in our neighborhood when Amber’s gifts and passions take their place among all of yours in the ongoing story of Calvary’s witness in downtown Memphis.
If you would like to bring a card or gift card to help welcome Amber & Melissa to Calvary, please drop it off at the front desk any weekday or bring it on Sunday and leave it in the basket in the Library. You also are encouraged to submit your favorite attractions and retailers in Memphis. All material will be collected until Tuesday, January 23. Contact Ebet Peeples with any questions about this project.
The Rev. Scott Walters
I realize most of you don’t have any clue who I am nor any stock in my feelings, but I’ll tell you anyway: I am Amber and I am brimful of feelings, particularly that of excitement, to be able to come work among you at the end of January in the new year.
While I may be walking in as a stranger in your midst, I feel at ease with this. You, Calvary, are known far and wide for the care you show the stranger who crosses your threshold.
It will be an honor to step across that threshold myself and to take up the standard that you have been setting for some time now. There is much good work to be done.
In all hope,