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The Rev. Dr. Markene Meyer

Founding Pastor

Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my [way] upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-30).

After a lengthy period of communal discernment, Rev. Markene invited some colleagues to join her in planting Trinity Lakeside. Our journey as a contemplative community began on Trinity Sunday 2020 as we gathered to worship under a big Loblolly Pine Tree at the height of a global pandemic. It is our joy to welcome others into Jesus’ more restful way through our shared commitment to worship, prayer and care of souls.

Rev. Markene enjoys leading our community in worship and prayer through the church year, and caring for souls through writing and leading retreats, soul care groups, and spiritual direction. She enjoys sharing the contemplative life, and her prayer is that as people practice listening and communing with God at the Abbey, they will bring those practices into their everyday lives.

Rev. Markene is an ordained priest in the Anglican Diocese of C4SO (Churches for the Sake of Others) and a trained spiritual director. She is experienced in the area of Spiritual Formation, holding a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is the author of Thrive: Life-Giving Disciplines for a Chaotic World, a gentle introduction to the ancient practice of abiding by a rule of life. In addition to caring for souls, Markene enjoys nurturing life in the garden, renovating houses, hiking in the Rockies, experiencing God in beauty and the arts, writing and conversing about the spiritual life, and gathering around great food and wine with her friends and adult children.

The Trinity Lakeside Board of Directors

The Rev. Dr. Erick Arowo is a priest ordained by the Anglican Church of Kenya in 2008. He is married to Caroline and they have two young children. He grew up in an African Indigenous church, became a Christ-follower in high school and joined the Anglican Church, attracted by their evangelical faith commitment and ancient roots. He served as Campus Ministry Facilitator with Intervarsity Kenya (FOCUS-Kenya) and as an exchange student ministry intern with Intervarsity Norway (NKSS), during which time he discerned a call to vocational Christian ministry.

Upon ordination, he served as a bi-vocational priest to young adults at a Nairobi Anglican parish and training pastors in the East African region. He holds a PhD in Old Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. His passions are teaching God’s Word and pastoral care. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry and from Kenya.

A native Virginian, Hilary Dawson moved to Texas in 2013 to be closer to her sisters and their families. She works for the Department of Homeland Security, managing hiring and training issues under Customs and Border Protection. She received a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and in her professional career has worked in conservation, higher education, defense contracting, and the Federal government.

After college, Hilary discovered the Anglican form of worship. She was drawn to it by her love of words, the rhythms of worship, and the incorporation of beauty in worship. She values Anglicanism’s connection to the communion of saints—both the historic church as well as believers around the world today, sharing prayers that have endured for centuries. She seeks sustainable life rhythms through praying the Daily Office, following the seasons of the Church Year, and observing Sabbath rest.

Hilary is an avid reader, always looking for additional bookshelf space in her home. As a writer, she is a firm believer in the eternal merit of the Oxford comma. She appreciates gardens and gardening, and enjoys arranging flowers for friends. She lives in Argyle with two miniature dachshunds and is a regular at the local coffeehouse, pretty much knowing every person that walks in the door!

Shelley Frew came to know Christ in high school in response to a deep desire to know God in a more personal way. That began a new life and life-long journey for her since the late 70s. When her children were teenagers, she earned her masters at Dallas Theological Seminary. Her vision for others to know the transforming love of God deepened as she worked with student leaders through the seminary’s spiritual formation program.

She is a spiritual director in training, and presently she mentors and spiritual direction, writes and teaches in the local church. She enjoys reading, art, and coffee with kindred-spirit friends. She and her husband Dean have four grown children scattered across three different states. They enjoy their time together and visit their children every chance they get.

The Rev. Amy Winkle seeks to create spaces where people can experience God more deeply by reading and discussing the Bible in community. She fulfills this calling through teaching, preaching, writing and conversing with others about the scriptures. Through her theological studies, Amy has focused on the cultural context of the Old Testament as well as how our current cultural settings affect the way we read and apply scripture today.

She is a priest in the Diocese of C4SO and lives in Atlanta with her husband, Johnny, their two daughters and a miniature dachshund.

About Trinity Lakeside

Our joy is caring for souls—providing resources and opportunities to draw near to Jesus and experience his renewal.

Get In Touch

Rev. Meyer: markene@trinitylakeside.org

Trinity Lakeside Abbey

170 S Woodland Trail

Double Oak, TX 75077

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Trinity Lakeside is a missional community in the Diocese of C4SO (Churches for the Sake of Others) in the ACNA (Province of the Anglican Church in North America)

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