Timothy Wall Update - Fr. Myles Hixson
Dear St. Peter’s,
Grace and peace to you through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
It’s hard to believe that Liz and I have been in Roanoke, VA for over 2 years now! It seems just like yesterday we were in Birmingham, worshiping the Lord with you.
A lot has happened over the past 2 years. We moved to Roanoke at the end of May, 2016, and I began work at St. John Lutheran Church. St. John is a member of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The NALC and the ACNA are working very closely together for the sake of ministry. They have produced four joint theological affirmations that show the commonalities between the Anglican and Lutheran traditions. These commonalities are what allow me, an Anglican, to serve as the associate pastor at this Lutheran congregation.
In fact, I’m dually endorsed by both denominations: I was ordained a priest by the Rt. Rev. Steve Breedlove (Diocese of Christ Our Hope) at St. John in November of 2016, and I still fall under his canonical authority. At the same time, I am a fully “rostered’ pastor in the NALC. My situation is a living example of God’s ecumenical work in the 21st century. He is uniting orthodox, Bible-believing Anglicans and Lutherans so that his Gospel may go forth all the more. To him be the glory!
Liz is also thriving in Roanoke. Shortly after we moved, her dad became ill and in October of 2016 he passed away. It was a difficult season for Liz, her mom, and her six siblings. Through it all, though, they clung to Christ and his promise of resurrection. The family’s faith is as strong as ever.
Liz continues to work for STAIR, a nonprofit based in Birmingham. But recently, her time has been a bit tied up with the recent addition of our first child, Myles (“Mylo”) Pursley Hixson, Jr. He was born on July, 3, and so far is nothing but a joyful, healthy, bouncing baby boy.
Until we meet again,