Welcome to our new Associate Rector

We are delighted to welcome to our community the Rev. Scottie Wagner as Associate Rector for Children, Youth, and Families. Scottie will also share in preaching, presiding, and teaching, as well as providing pastoral care for all ages. The Rev. Nick Morris-Kliment shares the following about her: ” … Scottie is a seasoned priest with a heart for children, youth, and families, as well as gifts for preaching, teaching, and pastoral care for all ages. In years past, we worked together on the Board of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, as well as in the Mystic Valley Deanery. I know her to be warm, energetic, and smart, able to communicate the Gospel with depth and joy. CCN folks who met her during the search experienced these qualities as well.”

Scottie’s Letter of Introduction follows below:

“My first introduction to Christ Church, Needham was over two decades ago, when I needed directions. I was about to start seminary, and in the last few weeks before school started, I had agreed to help coordinate Vacation Bible School. I had agreed to pick up the curriculum at a church supply store in Needham and was hopelessly lost. In those pre-GPS days, all I could think of to do was to follow the signs for the Episcopal Church and hope the office wasopen. Your then rector, Bud Cederholm, was in the office that afternoon and if I remember right, he gave me directions and then drew me a map to get me where I needed to go. In the intervening years, I heard about Christ Church a lot. I have attended at least one retreat at Christ Church, as well as a funeral, and of course, Nick’s institution as our rector, so I knew about your church’s commitment to liturgy, worship, and music. I also knew of Christ Church because of the parish’s longstanding work on social justice and environmental
stewardship. I am so delighted that my spiritual GPS has led me back to Christ Church.

When I first started out doing volunteer work at our church in Winchester, where we lived at the time, I began by teaching church school, then leading children’s chapel. Later, I was hired as a lay assistant and coordinated the middle and high school youth groups. In the intervening years, of course, I learned other skills and served in other capacities, but working with children and young people was always among my favorite parts of church work.

I am so looking forward to becoming a part of the community at Christ Church, and to getting to know every aspect of our life together. I am delighted to be able to serve with Nick Morris-Kliment, whom I have known as a colleague and friend in our work together with the Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, and in other diocesan work. And I am so grateful for the welcome I have already received from the dedicated and talented members of committees and parish leadership I have already met and from my new colleagues on Christ Church’s staff. Most of all, I am very excited and grateful to be able to work with children and young people again, and to work with teachers and youth group leaders.

I can already tell that this is a very special community, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. I am so looking forward to sharing in your ministry. Over the summer, I hope to be able to get to know many of you, and I hope you’ll feel free to stop by the office any time for a visit or a cup of coffee and that you will share your ideas and tell me your story. I am looking forward to preaching over the summer and to getting to know Christ Church, and the community of Needham. If you aren’t able to
drop in in person, feel free to give me a call or send a note or email.”

Peace,
Scottie