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Apr 16, 2018

Bastrop Rector to Lead Wellness and Safeguarding Ministries

Lisa Hines Named to Succeed Carol Petty As Canon for Wellness and Pastoral Care

The Rev. Lisa Hines has been named to succeed the Rev. Carol Petty as Canon for Wellness and Pastoral Care and Safeguarding Minister. Petty will retire in October, 2018. Hines, currently rector of Calvary, Bastrop will begin her tenure August 1.

The Canon for Wellness and Care/Safeguarding Minister empowers the establishment and nurture of environments of health, safety and mutual care across the Diocese of Texas.  Wellness and Care includes the ministries of clergy and congregational wellness, Safeguarding, pastoral care and recovery ministries. The Safeguarding Ministry supports Safeguarding compliance among EDOT’s parishes, school and institutions. 

Hines has served as rector of Calvary, Bastrop since September 2010, leading the community and congregation through losses of the 2011 Bastrop Complex wildfires. Her own home was also lost in the historic blaze. Previously she served at St. Thomas, College Station and has been involved with parish day schools since her ordination She served on the Diocese’s Executive Board and on the boards of the Episcopal Health Foundation and El Buen Samaritano, and was president of the Disciplinary Board of the Diocese for five years. She has been a trainer for Safeguarding programs since their inception in the Diocese of Texas.  

Prior to ordination in 2007, Hines practiced law and was a teacher and administrator at Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Austin before attending Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.  A writer, artist and puppeteer, Hines has three adult sons and is married to the Rev. J. Chris Hines. 

"The decision to leave parish ministry has been difficult, but I look forward to building relationships across the Diocese and to continue Carol Petty's excellent work,” Hines said. 

During her five years as canon, Petty reframed the Safeguarding work of the Diocese to include a robust center for wellness and care in addition to the compliance with mandated training for Safeguarding practices. She also oversaw digitization of all records mandated for Safeguarding training and wrote curriculum for children.

“Today, the Diocese proactively supports healthy clergy and congregations, of which Safeguarding is but one component,” Petty said. Following Hurricane Harvey, Petty established mini-sabbaticals for clergy whose families had been flooded or whose churches had severely flooded. Online “circles of wellness” —weeks-long digital gatherings of clergy groups— provide ongoing encouragement and peer support among clergy and are but one piece of an extensive legacy she will pass along.