Mother Natalie lives out of a deep conviction that the Christian life is one of adventure and wonder. All of us are invited to join the quest for God. As individuals and as a community we all need and seek a deeper relationship with Christ Jesus. The fruits of that relationship are found in mercy, justice, faith, and, above all, love for one another and all of creation. One of her most frequent sermon messages is, “You were made for glory and God wants you to live into that promise.”
Mother Natalie was called to be the second Rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in October 2019. She came to Good Shepherd from the Diocese of Chicago where she served as Rector of St. Barnabas, Glen Ellyn. Before moving Chicago she lived in Dallas, where she served a variety of parishes and the Diocese of Dallas. She has also taught seminarians at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas, and at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola, Chicago. She and her husband, Fr. Fred Schmidt, are loving life and Tennessee and looking forward to the day when the pandemic ends and we can all join together again.