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The Rev. Bert Baetz is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He grew up with a great appreciation for South Texas and he graduated from Alamo Heights High School in May 1997.
Bert received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2001, with a minor in Religious Studies. Upon graduation, he served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic and then spent a few months teaching, traveling and fly fishing throughout New Zealand. Through those experiences, Bert discerned a clear passion to further pursue his theological studies.
In the fall of 2002, Bert began his graduate studies at Duke Divinity School. He particularly enjoyed studying sacramental theology and ethics and was profoundly shaped by his Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Bert spent the summers of 2004 and 2005 serving as a seminarian and lay minister at Trinity Episcopal Church, Marble Falls, Texas. Bert graduated with a Master of Divinity from Duke University in May 2005.
Bert then joined the upper school faculty of St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, where he taught courses in Ancient World Civilizations and Theology. He also served as the school's associate chaplain while he discerned a call to the priesthood through his sponsoring parish, St. David's, Austin. In his third year with St. Andrew's, Bert attended the Seminary of the Southwest where he took courses in Anglican Studies and received his Diploma in Theological Studies in May 2008.
In June 2008, Bert was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of Texas at Christ Cathedral, Houston, and then began his curacy at St. Mark's, Austin. Bert served as assistant rector and was ordained priest in February 2009. He continued to serve as associate rector of St. Mark's, Austin, until he accepted the call to become rector of St. Mark's, Richmond, in January 2011. During his time as rector of St. Mark’s, Richmond, the parish experienced significant growth in its membership and scope of ministries. Under Bert's leadership, the parish of St. Mark’s developed Christian formation classes for all ages, initiated several outreach ministries that have been emulated in other parishes, and founded a school for children ages eighteen months to five years old.
In addition to his responsibilities as rector of St. Mark's, Bert held several positions of leadership in the Diocese of Texas. Bert served as a member of the Camp Allen Board of Trustees; he co-facilitated the Curate program for newly ordained clergy in the Diocese of Texas; he served as dean of the Southwest Convocation in the Diocese of Texas; and he served as a member and officer of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Texas.
In July 2017, with great joy, Bert accepted the call to serve as rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kerrville, Texas. Bert recalls an important quote drawn from the St. Peter's parish profile. An invitation was extended to the next rector saying, "Come grow with us. Teach us, learn from us. Love and be loved by us." Bert believes this is his life's work as a parish priest, and he knows the privilege he has in leading the St. Peter’s parish into this life of growing, learning, and loving.
Bert has been invited to lead retreats, preach, and teach in a variety of settings in the larger Episcopal Church, and he also exercises his entrepreneurial leadership through his non-profit corporation, Fishers of Men. With a keen interest in the art of fly fishing, Bert leads men on retreats across the country with the objective to discover the intersection of fly fishing and spirituality.
Bert is married to Sarah, and they have two children: Eloise (7) and Oliver (5). Bert enjoys time with his family, running, fly fishing, hunting, reading, and writing.