The Rev. Jimmy Abbott was called to serve as the twelfth rector of historic Trinity Episcopal Church in August 2021. In his role as the rector of Trinity Church, Jimmy also serves as the Chair of the Board for Trinity Episcopal School and oversees the William Temple Center, a ministry for the students of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Jimmy is also active throughout the Diocese of Texas, having served on the Executive Board and as President of the Standing Committee. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Iona School for Ministry teaching courses on Medieval Christianity and the history of the Episcopal Church.
An active member of the community, Jimmy serves on the board of the Jack & Katherine Pearce Educational Foundation and participates in the Galveston Ministerial Alliance.
Jimmy is married to Dr. Maggie Abbott, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Maggie works as a physical therapist at the only aquatic therapy clinic on Galveston Island. Additionally, Maggie works for the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society as the Volunteer Coordinator. Maggie is also a member of the Trinity Church choir.
Their daughter, Lydia, is in third grade at Trinity Episcopal School and enjoys dance and Girl Scouts.
From 2012 to 2021, Jimmy served Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Spring, Texas. During his tenure, the parish experienced a time of transformation as the building project for a new church was completed, new missions were planted, new ministries launched, and as the church grew substantially.
Jimmy earned his Bachelor of Arts in History with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. While attending UT, Jimmy discerned a call to ordained ministry.
After graduation from college, Jimmy enrolled in the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia and earned his Master of Divinity with honors in May 2010. While in seminary, he served as a seminarian at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. His master’s thesis, “A Loud and Ungrounded Noise: the antiwar movement in the Episcopal Church during the Vietnam War,” explored this critical time in the history of the United States of America and the Episcopal Church.
Currently, Jimmy is enrolled in the University of the South pursuing a Master’s degree in Sacred Theology.
Jimmy served as the Assistant Rector at St. Alban’s in Waco, Texas from 2010 to 2012 where he worked with the young adults, youth, and taught a variety of education classes.