St. Elizabeth's & Christ the King is a community of believers in the Episcopal Church who gather to worship, pray, praise, learn and center our beings on God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are open to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us so that we may be active stewards of God's bounty. We strive to live as witnesses of Christ by seeking to love our neighbors - truly, our neighbors in our community and those near and far. While we may be a small congregation, we have a big heart full of love and welcome all to come and share the feast of Christ at this Table of Blessing.
The Rev. Sandra Michels
A former resident of Fort Worth and a graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York City, Sandi was ordained to the transitional diaconate in Fort Worth in 1975 by Bishop Davies (before Forth Worth became a separate diocese). In April of 1977, Sandi became the first woman ordained as an Episcopal priest in the state of Texas, serving in El Paso. She has served in various dioceses around the country and retired after 23 years of service as rector of St. Francis in the Fields in Zionsville, Indiana. After her retirement, she returned to General Seminary and completed a Masters in Sacred Theology. She returned to Fort Worth in 2011 and began attending at St.Elisabeth's Church. She was selected as Priest-in-Charge of St. Elisabeth's in 2012 and has been overseeing the revitalization of the congregation and 4.5 acre grounds and facility of St. Elisabeth's. On December 1, 2013, Sandi welcomed the congregation of Christ the King Episcopal Church into her fold.
The Rev. Christopher Thomas
The Rev. Christopher Thomas, Deacon, joined the staff of St. Elisabeth’s and Christ the King Episcopal Church as Curate on December 1, 2017.
Christopher was born and spent his early years in Morgan City, Louisiana, but considers Houston home. He secured undergraduate (BBA, '88) and graduate (MBA, '04) degrees in business administration from the University of Houston. Christopher's career has been spent in the service of the church, as a church business administrator. He holds the designation Certified Church Administrator (CCA) through his professional organization, the National Association of Church Business Administration. Christopher has served resource-sized congregations (Episcopal, Presbyterian, & UCC) in Houston, New York City, Dallas, and Fort Worth, most recently at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas.
Christopher is a cradle-Episcopalian, having been raised at Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgan City, in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. He spent many years on the staff and as a member of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. He moved to North Texas in 2009, and completed and received the Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in 2011.
In 2011, Christopher joined St. Luke's in the Meadow Episcopal Church, and began the discernment process toward ordination with the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. He is passionate about ministry in areas of urban development and social justice.
Christopher has served the church in a variety of leadership positions -
Diocesan Property/Casualty Insurance Committee, Diocese of Dallas
Constitution & Canons Committee, Diocese of Fort Worth
Chair, Credentials Committee, Diocese of Fort Worth
President, National Association of Episcopal Church Business Administration
President, Houston Chapter, National Association of Church Business Administration
Our Bishop's Committee/Vestry Kevin Broom, Jody Forsythe, Marvin Long, Betsy Menikos, Bill Penny, Michael Rivard, Wes Webb, and Lee Ann Wise