Michele C. Bonner
Pastoral Leader - Head of Congregation
I was born in Kittery, Maine, and spent the first decade or so of my life as an Air Force brat, living in New Hampshire, California, and Bangkok, Thailand. My father retired from the Air Force when I was 12, and the family settled in my mother’s hometown of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After graduating from Portsmouth High School, I attended Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Business Management from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire.
I moved to Austin in 1992 and, although I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, I was received into the Episcopal Church that same year. I was an active member of St. Mark’s in Austin for several years. In October of 1997, I married Jim Bonner, and as newlywed life took over, church involvement waned. Following my husband’s death in 2012, I resumed my involvement at St. Mark’s, serving as a lector, LEM, Vestry member, and Youth Minister.
In 2015, following a long discernment process, I was enrolled as a student in the Bi-Vocational Priesthood program at the Iona School for Ministry*. I am currently expected to graduate and be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate in June, 2018.
I have been employed by the City of Austin since 1999. I work in the IT Department at Austin Energy as an IT Business Systems Analyst doing system administration, and policy and process design and implementation. In my spare time, I am a band “mom”, volunteering as a bus chaperone for my godson’s high school marching band. My hobbies include cooking, gardening, various crafts, and enjoying live country music.
* The Iona School for Ministry provides the training required by the Diocese of Texas for persons to become Bi-Vocational Priests and Deacons. It has a rigorous three-year curriculum of academic, practical, and liturgical instruction. In addition, the Iona School is open to Lay Professionals who are interested in augmenting their theological studies.
The Reverend Chris Kenney
The Reverend Chris Kenney is a 2002 graduate of the Seminary of the Southwest, Austin in Austin Texas. She was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Oklahoma in 2003, serving as a hospital chaplain at Hillcrest Medical Center and assisting priest at Trinity church Tulsa, Oklahoma for 5 years.
She returned to Austin,Texas to accept the position of chaplain and subsequently Manager of Pastoral Care for St. David’s Medical Center. She served there for 5 years. Reverend Kenney was a Board Certified Professional Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and licensed in Critical Incident Stress Management.
Reverend Kenney has served as a supply priest in the diocese for the last several years, serving churches throughout the diocese and now as long term supply priest at Lago Vista.
She has been married to Joe Kenney for 49 years. They have two daughters and several grandchildren living in the Dallas area. Joe is a bronze sculptor of religious art.
Her hobbies include French cooking, a voracious love of books and exercise including line dancing.