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The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) is well-represented in Northwest Texas, with eight (8) chapters in cities from Amarillo in the north, to Odessa in the southwest, to Abilene in the southeast. The group supports ministry through grants, and offers confidential prayers for anyone in need.
Chapters include:
Abilene -      Church of the Heavenly Rest - Heavenly Angels Chapter
Lubbock -     St. Christopher's Episcopal Church - St. Catherine of Siena Chapter
                       St. Paul's on the Plains Episcopal Church - St. Brigid of Kildare Chapter
Midland -      St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church 
Odessa -       St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church - Julia Chester Emery Chapter
                       Emmanuel Episcopal Church
For more information about DOK or a specific chapter, please contact the diocesan President, AnnaMarie Wanasek, at, or by telephone at (806) 470-0517.
Additionally, the Rev. Jennifer Sutton Holder, of St. Christopher's, Lubbock, serves as the Chaplain for the diocesan Daughters.

About the Order   

The Order of the Daughters of the King® is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the historic episcopate but not in communion with it. Our membership currently includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches. Our Anglican tradition:

  • Recognizes Episcopal oversight. 
  • Believes that Holy Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation.
  • Acknowledges the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, the real presence of our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, and worship according to The Book of Common Prayer (or the standard liturgies of Lutheran, Roman Catholic, or other Anglican churches that sponsor DOK chapters). 

Reaffirming the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism. She receives support in this commitment from a worldwide community of like-minded women. 
In solidarity with one another, all Daughters everywhere make the same promises upon their admission to the Order:

  • To obey the two Rules of The Order: the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.
  • To offer at all times loyal aid to our clergy and parish to spread Christ’s kingdom.
  • To wear faithfully the cross of The Order.
  • To work for the purposes of The Order as God may give us the opportunity.


The Mission of the Order
The Mission of the Order is the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through Prayer, Service and Evangelism.
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A daily devotional app for iPads and iPhones is available for download on iTunes. Click the graphic to be re-directed to iTunes.




At the 74th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. Thomas Clark Ely, of Vermont, proposed Resolution B008 entitled, "Children: Protection of Chailren and Youth from Abuse. The resolution proposed each diocese develop and adopt policies for the protection of children and youth from abuse. The policy would provide for a screening and selection process for all clergy, lay employees, and volunteers who work with or around children, including a written application, background screening, an interview, and reference checks, and a general provision that volunteers notwork with children or abuse until they have been known to clergy for a period of six months.

In 2006, the Diocese of Northwest Texas developed and published The Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse. (To download the policy, click the underlined link.) Likewise, Church Pension Group developed a program entitled Safeguarding God's Children, designed specifically for The Episcopal Church and its entities. The purpose of the program is to bring awareness to individuals and groups within the Episcopal Church in the area of child sexual abuse. Originally the program was only designed for use in a classroom setting through the use of video tapes or DVDs, and materials designed for use by a trained facilitator. Eventually online programs were developed in an effort to make the program as accessible as possible, especially to those in remote areas. The diocesan policy was revised in 2008, to allow for online re-certification, however, a decision was made by diocesan leadership to continue inital training in a classroom setting. Today a variety of courses are available for many different ministries within the Church.

The Safeguarding God's Children program is widely used within the diocese. Initial certification must be accomplished in a classroom setting, however, re-certification may be accomplished online. To receive training in the Safeguarding God's Children program, please contact your parish administrator, parish clergy, or the Diocesan Safe Church Administrator, Deacon Nancy Igo, at

Please follow the links below to download the necessary forms:

Application for Certification

Criminal History Authorization

Online Registration Form

Forms may be returned to Deacon Nancy Igo, or to your parish Safeguarding Administrator.


The Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment where, by God's grace, the full work of the Church can be carried out. Sexual misconduct on the part of any clergyperson, employee, or volunteer of any congregation, institution, organization, school or agency within the diocese violates the mission of the Church, is prohibited, and will not be tolerated.

Safeguarding God's People teaches how exploitation and harassment occur, the awareness we need to prevent such occurrences, and - should exploitation or harassment occur - how to respond.

Who needs to attend?

- all clergy

- all paid employees and vestries

- youth group directors

- Sunday school directors

- Lay Eucharistic Visitors and anyone going into someone's home in any role related to the church

- worship leaders

- some volunteers

At this time we have one trainer for the diocese, Deacon Nancy Igo, the Diocesan Safe Church Administrator. To arrange training, whether online or in a class setting, please contact Deacon Nancy by sending an email, or by phone at (806) 763-1370, ext.5.


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Are there ECW Chapters in Northwest Texas?

Currently the following parishes in Northwest Texas have active womens' groups affiliated with ECW:

In Lubbock - 

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church 

St. Paul's on the Plains Episcopal Church

In Midland - 

St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church

In Odessa -

St. John's Episcopal Church

In Pampa - 

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

Diocesan ECW officers are listed at the bottom of the page with email links.

For more information about our diocesan ECW groups, please contact the parish by clicking on the parish name; contact the current diocesan ECW President, Nancy McReynolds, at; or contact the Provincial ECW President, JoAnn Rachele, also from Northwest Texas, at

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About The ECW President's Cross


The ECW President’s Cross in the Diocese of Northwest Texas has been worn by every president since the 1940’s. The retiring president gives it to the new president at her installation. It is a simple gold cross marked on the back “W.A.” for Women’s Auxiliary, which is what the Episcopal Churchwomen was called until the 1970’s.

Upon her retirement, each former president receives a replica of the cross, which has been custom made by an Abilene jeweler from gold jewelry of ECW members.

As stated by former president, Terry Jolliff, “ wonder at the symbolism of this piece of jewelry has never left me. I think of all the women before me who have dedicated years of their lives to ECW, and I think of the women who gave up treasures so the cross I receive could be forged. I see continuity of ECW, a blessing of our past and hope for our future.”

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 The Episcopal Church Women Prayer

ecw logo borderAlmighty God, we pray that you will bless our work in mission and ministry in the world. Help us to pray fervently, labor diligently and give liberally to make known the power of your love given through your son Jesus Christ. Let us not forget the lessons from the past nor fear the challenges of the future. Anoint us with your grace and shine in our hearts as we reflect your light throughout the world. Amen 

We all live in areas that are subject to natural disasters. Earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods…take your pick. We also know the potential for human-initiated disasters such as hazardous material spills or terrorism, and of the increasing dangers of pandemic diseases. Prudent stewardship of the resources of the Church requires that we be prepared for such events. We also owe it to the communities in which we live to provide assistance in the event of a disaster to those affected by it. We can only do that and be able to live out our Christian obligations if we have prepared ourselves and all our Episcopal institutions to withstand the effects of a disaster.



In 2014, The Diocese of Northwest Texas formed a Disaster Preparedness Committee to begin work on Episcopal Relief and Development’s (ERD) new project, The Episcopal Asset Map, and to bring awareness to the topic of disaster preparedness in Northwest Texas. The Episcopal Asset Map pictured below shows the parishes, schools, and the Bishop’s offices located in the Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana area. The black rectangle shows the parishes and schools in the Diocese of Northwest Texas. Click in the black rectangle to view the diocesan map on the ERD website.




Work began last fall to encourage every parish to complete their parish asset map. The Episcopal Asset Map is meant to connect people – both within the Church and in the broader community – to the abundance of gifts represented by The Episcopal Church, and thereby promote the sharing of ideas and information.

The map is a powerful tool that allows you to see not only what is happening around our diocese, but also what is going on in neighboring dioceses in and around the Church. The map can help you build networks with people interested and involved in similar ministries so you may share ideas and strategies, or it can be a jumping off point for entirely new directions. In times of disaster or emergency, the map will serve as a framework for assessment and response, showing a disaster’s impact and how local bodies are responding. At all times, the map can serve as a platform to connect and inspire.

A survey is available in .pdf format and online to help a leader with completion of the parish or institution map. After the survey is completed it must be approved by the diocesan coordinator before the information is added to a parish or institution site.

The online survey may be located by clicking on the location of a parish or institution on the map.

Download the survey

For assistance or questions about the map, please contact one of the following members of the Diocesan Disaster Committee who have been designated to assist with map completion:

Deacon Nancy Igo – Diocesan Disaster Coordinator, Director of Communications & HR, Diocese of NW Texas

Deacon Paige McKay – Registrar, Chaplain, and Disaster Coordinator for All Saints Episcopal School, Lubbock

Justin Sanders – Disaster Coordinator and Bishop's warden for Grace Episcopal Church, Vernon

If you are a parish disaster coordinator and would like to work with your parish leadership on the creation of a disaster plan, the following document will be helpful. It may be downloaded and printed, or completed digitally. Please be sure to consult with your parish leadership and/or clergy before you begin any work!

Parish Disaster Plan

When a major disaster strikes, each community’s leadership will be overwhelmed and will be relying on prepared citizens and institutions to assist. Another aspect of ERD’s plan is making sure we connect with the local municipal administration, fire, and police departments, and with other organizations that will be active after a disaster. As you develop the Plan, you will be encouraged to introduce yourselves to the local authorities and to inform them that you are making the effort to get prepared so that you will be able to assist following an event and to get active in your local VOAD (Volunteer Agencies Assisting in Disasters). You will also find that they have suggestions and opportunities that will be of real value.

Additional Disaster resources are available for download and use on Resources wepage of ERD's website. Scroll down to view the disaster resources.

1 Corinthians, 12:4-7

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

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Welcome to our health ministry web page promoting health and wellness issues in Northwest Texas!

health appleIn this age of health care issues, with health care under debate and in the news, and with increasing numbers of our society suffering from debilitating health issues, what better goal to strive for... spiritual AND physical health. After all, overall health is a combination of spiritual, mental, and physical health.

morning words2This web-based effort is meant to provide information, suggestions, and support to those who are concerned about their overall health. Each month we will sponsor the Health and Wellness News periodical from The Episcopal Church Medical Trust. Additionally, each month we will focus on one particular topic.

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Thank you for visiting us today!!

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Everything you need to know about the Zika Virus but haven't asked.


According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, "Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

The CDC has responded with a wealth of information on their website, including a Power Point slideshow of the primary facts. The CDC has also released a current map of the reported cases of the Zika virus in the United States.

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As of May 25, 2016 (5 am EST)

  • Zika virus disease and Zika virus congenital infection are nationally notifiable conditions.
  • This update from the CDC Arboviral Disease Branch includes provisional data reported to ArboNET for January 1, 2015 – May 18, 2016.

US States

  • Travel-associated cases reported: 591
  • Locally acquired vector-borne cases reported: 0
  • Total: 591

US Territories

  • Travel-associated cases reported: 4
  • Locally acquired cases reported: 935
  • Total: 939
    • Guillain-Barré syndrome: 5

"CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated for Zika on January 22, 2016, and moved to a level 1 activation—the highest level – on February 8, 2016. The EOC is the command center for monitoring and coordinating the emergency response to Zika, bringing together CDC scientists with expertise in arboviruses like Zika, reproductive health, birth defects, and developmental disabilities, and travel health. Their work includes:

  • Developing laboratory tests to diagnose Zika.
  • Conducting studies to learn more about the link between Zika and microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
  • Monitoring and reporting cases of Zika, which will help improve our understanding of how and where Zika is spreading.
  • Providing guidance to travelers and Americans living in areas with current outbreaks.
  • Surveillance for the virus in the United States, including US territories.
  • Supporting in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, and Panama on the ground.
  • Conducting a study to evaluate the persistence of Zika virus in semen and urine among male residents of the United States."

For more information on the Zika virus, follow the links below: - Center for Disease Control - WebMD - World Health Organization - BBC News

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