Elizabeth Coldiron Named New Minister of Hospitality

July 9, 2015

Moving to Memphis is something of a homecoming for Elizabeth Coldiron, at least in a regional sense. She was born in Texas and her family moved to Lafayette, Louisiana when she was four. "I'm really looking forward to coming back to the south!"

She's coming back to the south from the state where she will have lived for a year – California – with at an Episcopal Service Corps site in Davis, working in campus and parish ministry there.

The Episcopal Church is home for Elizabeth as well. She's cradle Episcopalian, and loves the church: "First and foremost, the people," she says, and "I love, love the hymns."

Elizabeth is educated as a teacher – middle school and high school English – and she has an ESL certificate in the state of Louisiana. She has a background in music, playing flute and working as a band manager in college (Louisiana State University).

For Elizabeth, teaching is a form of ministry. "I know students want to be heard," she says. "In ministry, people want to share their stories. I never know what I’m going to learn."

Elizabeth wil be starting her ministry at Church of the Holy Communion on August 23, Rally Day, working with annual parish life events, developing our newcomers ministry, connecting us with the unchurched population in East Memphis and serving as a connection point for members of Holy Communion who want to become more engaged with our ministries.

A great, great thank you to the search committee: Todd Photopulos, convener, Sarah Cowan and Allison Rogers, and to parishioner Lisa Holt who has served as acting minister of hospitality during our search and will assist Elizabeth in her transition.

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