The Rev. Renee L. Fenner, Class of 2005, has been called to serve as Priest-in-Charge for the Episcopal Church of All Saints and Ascension, St. Louis, MO. Since 2010 she served as the Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Florissant, which is located in North St. Louis County. Prior to St. Barnabas she served as Canon Pastor and Liturgist of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis.
Fenner is a native St. Louisan and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Webster University. After graduation she taught acting and dance and performed for many years in Springfield, IL. Upon returning to St. Louis in the early 80’s, Rev. Fenner enjoyed working for both local affiliates of PBS and CBS. Afterwards she belonged for several years to a religious community, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. In 1999 she joined the Episcopal Church and graduated from General in May of 2005. She was ordained to the transitional diaconate on December 22, 2004 and ordained as priest on June 24, 2005. During her time of ordained ministry Fenner has served on Diocesan Standing Committee, the Commission on Ministry, and on Diocesan Council (she is currently fulfilling a remaining term on Council at the bequest of Bishop Smith). She is also serving on the Bishop Transition Committee.
She is passionate about her family, good liturgy, and being in service to and with God’s people. She loves listening to Gospel music and enjoys art in all forms. In her “spare time”, Fenner is an active member of Hawthorne Players, a community theatre group in Florissant, and enjoys working on and offstage.