Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration adds new youth minister to its team | VailDaily.com

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration adds new youth minister to its team

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Rebecca Cotton
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VAIL — Rebecca Cotton has joined the staff of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration as youth minister. Cotton will craft, lead and oversee a total ministry program for the church’s youth in middle and high schools, as well as serving students beyond its own congregation.

“We are blessed to have such a talented young woman join our team,” said Father Brooks Keith, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. “In her first few weeks, Rebecca has already taken the program to a higher level.”

Cotton was born and raised in Edwards and is a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. She served as a veteran sacristan, acolyte trainer, lay eucharistic minister and Sunday School teacher before her graduation from Battle Mountain High School in 2013. She chose Transfiguration as her career semester internship site before graduating high school.

A recent graduate with honors from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan, Cotton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology with a minor in mathematics. She is the first scientist to serve on the church’s staff.

“I’m very thankful to have this opportunity to serve our community’s youth, both within Transfiguration and throughout the Vail Valley,” Cotton said. “Our youth program will include small groups, fun activities, mission trips, volunteer opportunities, and mentorship for our youth as they move through middle and high school into adulthood. I am excited and honored to build and direct this ministry, and to have the privilege of working with the youth in this valley.”

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