Faith Episcopal welcomes new rector

Rev. Dr. Sean Cox and his wife Kathy pose with Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California, at Father Cox’ installation ceremony at Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park. Courtesy photo

By Lynsey Paulo

The second rector in the history of Faith Episcopal Church, Rev. Dr. Sean Cox, officially assumed his new post on Sunday, Jan. 27, during an installation ceremony performed by Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California.

Guest preacher Very Rev. Dr. Douglas Travis, dean and president of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where Father Cox obtained his Master of Divinity, also participated in the ceremony. Cox also received a Doctor of Ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va.

Cox held rector positions in California, Arizona and Texas before accepting the position as priest of Faith Church in late 2012. His installation marks the culmination of a three-month transition during which Father Kent McNair, founding rector of the 20-year-old Faith Church, conveyed to church membership his sincere support and confidence in Cox.

McNair, wife Kathy and parishioners gave a warm welcome to the Cox family in November when the rector’s wife Katherine, daughter Rebeckah and son Brian joined him in time for the holidays.

“The congregation at Faith is diverse and wonderfully friendly,” said Cox. “My focus is to enhance the spiritual vitality and inherent strengths of the church while seeing how we can go beyond the parish to enrich and tend to the needs of the community, learning and growing together as neighbors and friends building a solid foundation for the future.”

Cox, a U.S. Navy Reserve Chaplain, served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He continues to support the men and women of the armed forces, working with returning veterans of the Persian Gulf War to assist with their spiritual needs as they chart a new life upon their return to the United States.

Cox became an ordained deacon at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson, Ariz, in 1996 and an ordained priest in 1997 at Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Ariz., June 1997.  He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Spanish.

Faith Episcopal, 2200 Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park, welcomes visitors to its 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday services.

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