Meet the Reverend Bonnie Edwards
It is a pleasure and a blessing to announce to you the call of Reverend Bonnie E. Edwards to be the next rector of San Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church of Corrales. Sunday, January 1, 2017 will be a new beginning for us all as Reverend Bonnie commences her ministry with us.
Serving as the rector at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Portage, MI, since February 2012, Reverend Bonnie is an experienced Episcopal priest, with a warm, outgoing personality, who is looking forward to being with us.
Rev. Bonnie is very personable, with a spontaneous and natural interest in others. An experienced provider of outreach programs, she shares our view of a diaconal church. She has been engaged with homeless shelters, prison ministry, and other outreach in the community for some time, as well as giving practical and spiritual help during the Katrina crisis.
At her present church, she has also instituted a “diaper ministry,” which distributes said garments as a way to help poor mothers who are looking for or returning to work and must provide the supply for their children in day care. The program has been successful at her church and in the community.
The Eucharist she conducted during her site visit was well received and performed knowledgeably and reverently, as were the noonday prayer and the morning prayer services she led. In addition, she has a lovely singing voice and will be a wonderful soprano addition to our “congregational choir.”
She has led annual retreats on “Spirituality in Nature: seeing God Through Your Lens,” for the past three years. Apart from extensive training in pastoral care, her experience in hospice and hospital chaplaincy informs her abilities as a caring pastor.
Skilled at creating and maintaining community, she developed a newsletter and uses social media to strengthen lines of communication in her congregation. She has developed discussion groups at her church and elsewhere, such as a Tap into Theology pub night. She is active in her diocese, serving on the diocesan finance committee, among other contributions.
Before she became an Episcopal priest (in 2009) she worked in fields that have direct applicability to administering a parish, including technical research and writing, managing a professional team, and for a period, running her own business.
Her hobbies and interests include choral singing, photography, hiking, amateur birding, reading, and gardening (she hopes to be a Master Gardener someday).`