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Introducing ESD's New Senior Chaplain

In a letter to ESD's entire community, Head of School David L. Baad announced:

After a thorough nationwide search, we are pleased to announce that The Reverend Nate Bostian has agreed to become the next Senior Chaplain at The Episcopal School of Dallas. He comes to us from TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio, where he has served as head chaplain for 11 years. He also currently serves on the Board of Examining Chaplains and as an Iona School Instructor, helping mentor, evaluate, and counsel candidates in the Diocese of West Texas ordination process. 

I look forward to the impact of his ministry among our students, faculty, families, and the life of our school. Father Nate, as he prefers to be called, is a dynamic and enthusiastic minister. His ability to engage demonstrates his in-depth experience in young people's spiritual formation in the Episcopal school context. Here, he has already expressed a desire to connect with children in all three divisions and will be primarily responsible for leading upper school daily worship and ensuring our ministries align with our Episcopal Identity and the ideals set forth by the National Association of Episcopal Schools. Father Nate will be a member of the executive leadership team as well. 

Before moving to San Antonio, Father Nate served at Saint Michael and All Angels in youth and adult ministries and as the college chaplain for Canterbury Episcopal Ministries at SMU. He also served as the family and student pastor at the Church of the Apostle. Interestingly, ESD grandfather, The Right Reverend James Stanton, is who ordained Father Nate to the Sacred Order of Deacons in 2008 and the Sacred Order of Priests in 2009. 

Father Nate graduated magna cum laude from the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He earned his bachelor of art in history with a minor in classical studies from Texas A&M University, where he was also a powerlifting team member. Additionally, he completed significant graduate coursework in counseling and social work and worked for several years as a counselor of abused children before becoming a priest. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kim, who he met at Newman Smith in Carrollton. 

As chair of the hiring committee, I was grateful to lead a team with various experiences and a deep love for the school. Many thanks to the hiring team who helped drive this process forward as we navigated a pool of highly qualified candidates: Head of Human Resources Dawn Lewis; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Elizabeth Goatley; Assistant Head of Middle School Meg Fahrenbrook '01; PE Department Chair Mike Schneider; and Upper School Choir Director Joe Snyder. 

I am also grateful to Chaplain Tim Kennedy, Pastor Bryant Phelps, and Chaplain Stephanie Moncreiff for stepping into new roles on short notice this year. Chaplain Kennedy has served temporarily as a member of the executive leadership team, ensuring our commitment to the school's Episcopal Identity. Pastor Phelps filled a vital role in some of our religious studies instruction in Chaplain Heller's absence. Chaplain Moncreiff joined us this year on an interim basis and has shepherded our lower school, providing a nurturing pastoral presence for our youngest learners. She informed us recently that she will not be returning next year, and we will begin a search soon for our next Lower School Chaplain. 

We look forward to formally welcoming Father Nate, Kim, and their three children, Elise (rising eleventh grade), Taggart (rising seventh grade), and Vera (rising third grade), to the ESD community later this summer. Until then, his focus will be on leaving his post in its best possible position. Please stay tuned for more information.

Onward and upward.