Melissa Kurkul

Vestry (2024)

My husband and I joined St. Martin’s in the fall of 2019, a year after moving to Texas from Massachusetts. Raised in an Episcopal household, I participated in the choir and was an acolyte from grade school through high school. In college, I was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and volunteered across the United States in projects such as parks clean up and animal rescue. After graduation, I taught high school history for ten years. During my tenure as a teacher, I brought back programs whose aim was to help and remember local veterans.

Since moving to Texas in the summer of 2018, I was actively searching for a “home.” Missing singing and hoping to meet new people, I began the search for a church home. Church, and religion itself, is a little different in Texas than in Massachusetts, but I finally found a church, St. Martin’s, which resembled the I grew up in. I went to a Sunday service and instantly felt welcome. So, I went to the choir meeting the following Wednesday and have been involved in the church since. I participated in the group to find a new organist/choir master, zoom meetings focused on finding a new pastor and I was confirmed in December 2020. I would really like to make St. Martin’s my church home in Texas where I can raise a family. I look forward to working with the vestry, if elected, in making St. Martin’s a place where ALL people can find a home and a ministry that calls to them.