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Trinity on the Border began its work in the Rio Grande Valley in July 2015 when Fr. Michael and Dr. Erica Jarrett M.D. were sent to develop an Anglican response to some of the issues that are specific to our southern border. We are a chapel and outreach ministry serving primarily among the vulnerable (migrants, immigrants, and the poor). Our ministry includes: a free medical clinic, working with an immigrant shelter and an organic farm, a kindergarten, a weekly healing service at the free-clinic, a weekly communion service with the staff of a mission to the deaf in Mexico, and occasional Holy Day services.
We are looking for someone who feels called to serve as a missionary along the South Texas border. This work will include: working with immigrants from around the world, working with the poor, as well as the more typical pastoral work of preaching, teaching, and pastoral visitations. We are supported by churches in the Missionary Diocese of All Saints, the Diocese of Fort Worth, the Diocese of the Rocky Mountains, the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast, and our own diocese, C4SO.
We have a small group of people who gather on Sunday evening for Anglican worship. We also have Morning Prayer 3 days a week, evening prayer twice a week, a weekly school chapel service, and a weekly healing service. Our mission has a “high” theology of worship and the Church with a missionary practicality.
Our missionary curacy is designed to give you (and your family) some practical skills in service, working in uncomfortable outreach situations, and sharing a common life. Our location on the south Texas border creates a unique opportunity to develop skills that you can take with you into your future ministry whether you continue with us down here, go off into foreign missions, or go elsewhere in North America.
Currently there are no ACNA churches in the Rio Grande Valley. There is a small ACNA community about 2 hours away and then the next closest would be in San Antonio (nearly four hours away). We would like to plant other ACNA churches along the border who grow out of our culture of service and outreach work with the vulnerable.
This is a missionary position. An applicant should be very aware of that. Outside of the team, there is not an Anglican community anywhere nearby. As a missionary, you are joining a mission culture more so than simply filling a job role. A missionary curate must be flexible, adaptable, and a self-starter.
We are on the Mexican border. Someone with affection, experience, and/or desire for Hispanic ministry would be ideal. That said, we work with people from all over the world down here. It is a very international place.
A candidate that is able to be bi-vocational would be welcome, however, your other job should probably be something you bring with you. Salaries are not high for part-time jobs.
Time and Compensation
Currently two of our missionaries are bi-vocational and two are full-time. The missionary curate position could be either part-time or full-time. All of our missionaries raise their own salary but the mission may be able to contribute a portion of the missionary’s salary. The total amount of pay will be decided in conversation with your bishop and dependent upon experience and estimated hours “on the job”.
Harlingen is a town of about 75,000. We are approximately 15 miles from the Mexican border and around 30 miles North of the southernmost part of the continental U.S. (we’re about the same latitude as Miami). We are about 45 minutes from South Padre Island and within 30 minutes from some of the best coastal fishing in America. We’re one of the top retirement areas in the country with another 100,000 “winter Texans” coming down for the months of December – April. If you’ve never been to the Rio Grande Valley – it’s a whole other world.