Spencer Stubblefield remembers being a 14-year-old boy, growing up in Weatherford, and dreaming of one day being a priest at the altar in the Anglican church.
Saturday morning, that dream will become a reality for the 25-year-old Stubblefield.
Stubblefield will be ordained as a priest in a service that begins at 10:30 a.m. in St. John’s Church in Brownwood, completing a journey that has taken about 10 years.
“It’s weird to think by Sunday, I will be the priest at the altar,” Stubblefield said by phone. “It’s something I’m really excited for.”
Stubblefield, who holds the office of deacon, has served the church as a curate since July 1. Stubblefield will become a priest when Bishop Jack Iker of the Fort Worth diocese lays hands on him about half-way through the Saturday morning service and says a prayer over him.
Stubblefield said he felt a calling to the ministry in the summer between the eighth and ninth grades, in 2008. That sense of calling was bolstered by a church conference he attended in Granbury called St. Michael’s Conference.
Stubblefield graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2010 with a degree in political science. The process to become a priest involved an interview with diocese clergymen to affirm his calling, make sure he was compatible with the priesthood and approve him for seminary.
Stubblefied attended a seminary in Wisconsin, where he recently earned a master of divinity and was assigned by the Fort Worth diocese to serve the Brownwood church as a curate for a two-year assignment. After being ordained as priest, Stubblefield will continue serving as curate until July 2021.
Looking ahead to his ordination Saturday, Stubblefield said his emotions range from nervous to happy to scared to excited. “It’s a big responsibility,” Stubblefield said.