Vicar Lyn Briggs leaves Centerville for Houston serviceSep 09, 2022 10:07AM ● By Tom Haraldsen
CENTERVILLE—Aug. 28 was a sad day for congregants of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Centerville, as well as many others in the community. The long-time Vicar of the church, Lyn Briggs, gave her last service before leaving this week for Texas. She has been called to serve in an Episcopal Church in the Lone Star State.
“I moved to Salt Lake City from Nebraska in 1977, so I’m practically a Utahn myself,” she said with a smile, even as she was busily packing the next Monday. “I served as Vicar of Resurrection from 2009 until this week. I left my position as associate rector at St. Paul’s Church in Salt Lake City to lead this congregation.”
Her final service included many community members who are not part of her congregation, including Bountiful Mayor Kendalyn Harris and local businessman Ron Burt, who serves on the Davis County Interfaith Community Council and worked with Vicar Briggs for many years.
“It was wonderful to work with Lyn,” Burt said. “She has been such a blessing to the community and we’ve loved working with her whole congregation. She’s going to be greatly missed by so many of us.”
Burt pointed to the monthly community dinners which Vicar Briggs started and coordinated for almost 10 years, dinners that brought together people from many different faiths.
“Before COVID-19 shut us down, we had served over 100 monthly dinners in a row,” the Vicar said. “We loved to welcome the regulars whom we saw each month as well as new people. The dinners became a real community effort.”
She said leaving is bittersweet, even though the new opportunity in Houston awaits.
“Serving in Davis County has been a delight, as neighbors and people of other faith traditions enjoy being together and serving the community together,” she said, “welcoming folks new to the area who intend to stay or just being a stopping station for some on their spiritual journey.”
Looking ahead is also exciting for her.
“I've been called to serve a church in Houston, Texas. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a new congregation at this stage of my ministry, perhaps three years out from retirement. I will always keep the people of Resurrection and my friends in south Davis County close to my heart.” λ