Being the 12th rector of an 180-year old church sounds like a good billet for a historian, but the Rev. Jimmy Abbott’s own history isn’t quite the kind of Episcopalian past you might expect.

“My family had always gone to our local Episcopal Church on Christmas and Easter,” said Abbott, the new leader of Galveston’s Trinity Episcopal Church. “When I turned 16, I became curious and longed for some meaning in my life. So, when I got a driver’s license, I started driving to church on my own. The beauty and ritual of the worship in the Episcopal Church drew me closer to God. It was from there that I was led by the Holy Spirit to enter the ministry.”

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