The Episcopal Student Center, also known as Canterbury House, began as a recognized student club on the campus of Texas A&M in August of 1943. Since then, Canterbury has contributed greatly to the “other education” that Texas A&M is known for, specifically as a place for the Episcopal student community to worship together, to pray, to study, to break bread together, and to build relationships.
The Episcopal [ih-pis-kuh-puhl] Church welcomes all. We worship Jesus Christ in 109 dioceses (geographical regions, each under the care of a different Bishop) and three regional areas in 17 different nations. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, an international association of churches consisting of the Church of England and of national and regional Anglican churches in full communion with it. In particular, we are a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas which is deeply committed to "missional communities" like ours where people meet one another and God in non-traditional settings.
The mission of The Episcopal Church is "to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ." This is stated clearly in The Book of Common Prayer, which is not only the worship book of the Episcopal Church but is also full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations. The Book of Common Prayer is also the primary symbol of our unity: we, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. Worship grounds all that we do, and so Eucharist (Holy Communion) is our core gathering each Wednesday night starting with a free community meal at 7:30pm. We also have weekly Bible studies, weekly study hall dinners, monthly social events, and one outreach project each semester.
Rev. Rich Nelson
Rich came to the Episcopal Student Center in College Station in August 2019. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 2004, he has a Masters of Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. Formerly, Rich has served in both Episcopal and Lutheran (ELCA) churches, as chaplain at an Episcopal day school and as a campus missioner at Blinn College in Brenham. He is a writer, curriculum creator, spiritual director and non-profit founder. He is passionate about fostering deeper spirituality, welcoming all into the community of faith, and teaching the meaning of the Great Commandment. He is an Associate Member of the Iona Community in Scotland and a member of Spiritual Directors International.
OUR STUDENT VESTRY
ves·try noun \ˈves-trē\
a group of appointed leaders seeking to discern, in partnership with the clergy and staff, what the community is called to do and to be leaders in that work; particular areas under the responsibility of these leaders are the spiritual leadership of the community, community-building, and providing event planning, coordination and leadership.
Current Canterbury Vestry
Sr. Warden: Molly Murphy
Jr. Warden: Liz Binger