The Rev. Betty Glover
St. Matthew’s welcomes our new rector!
For the Rev. Betty Glover, becoming the rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is like coming home. Raised in an Army family, Glover moved to Delta Junction as a teenager and later resided in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Valdez.
When she left Alaska in 1987 for Texas, she always meant to return. In the meantime, she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work at Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and a master’s degree in social work at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Glover was ordained as a deacon in Topeka, Kansas, where she was the executive director for the Child Death Review Board and was a hospital and police chaplain.
After graduating from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007, Glover returned to Kansas and was ordained to the priesthood in Topeka. Since her church there had burned down, she celebrated her first Eucharist at a nearby Jewish Temple.
In the following years, Glover was an Episcopal rector in South Central Kansas, then an interim rector in North Carolina and in Topeka.
Upon Mother Betty accepting the call to be Rector at St. Matthew’s, she said, “Finally the circle is complete. It’s good to get back home. St. Matthew’s is a lovely place and I’m excited to be here. My heart rests easiest here.”
Glover believes in mutual ministry. “My job now is to listen and find out what folks love to be engaged in,” she said. “I’m a collaborative leader. My role is to love and show God’s love and to listen well.”
She hopes to help her parishioners discover what dreams God may have for them. “I want to help their holy imaginations develop,” she said.
In her free time, Glover enjoys walking, quilting and reading mysteries. She is a volunteer chaplain for the Secret Service.