My name is Mary Phelps and I am excited to be called to Trinity as your Rector.
I have two sons. Michael lives in Chicago and works as a financial analyst and lawyer for a firm there. Mark recently moved back to Minneapolis after living in Chicago for five years, and I'm thrilled to have him back here. He works as a financial consultant. He and his wife, Katie, recently bought a home in Eden Prairie so they are close by. They have two toddlers, a boy and girl.
I was raised an Episcopalian attending St. Stephen's in Edina when I was growing up. It was there I first heard the call to be priest even though I was quite young and women were not allowed to be priests. After I was married we moved to Minnetonka where our family attended St. David's Episcopal Church. I was a very involved parishioner who wore about every hat a congregant could wear. It was there my call to serve God as a priest was rekindled. I did my discernment under my rector, Jim Cook, and later the diocese at large. I graduated from Seabury Western Seminary in Evanston and United Theological Seminary in New Brighton with a Masters of Divinity in 2004. I was ordained in 2005.
I have served in several area parishes since that time, and now I will begin a wonderful adventure serving God with all of you. I look forward to getting to know each of you and understanding how each of you feels called to serve God. Thank you for this opportunity.