St. Matthew’s, Westerville
Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:
My parents took me to church for nine months before I was born which makes this the longest continuous relationship in my life; and a treasure beyond measure. I have been blessed with a passion to serve others in ways that can fundamentally impact the way in which they can find and pursue their own calling, and have, therefore, been a ‘serial entrepreneur’ for most of my adult life. My journey has taken me through more than a dozen enterprises serving across eight states and now ten Dioceses; currently I am a real estate developer with a national niche market focus on church-based and community-based non-profit owners of multi-unit affordable housing. My wife, Cherie, and I are active members of St. Matthew’s in Uptown Westerville; now a loving family comprised of our traditional Episcopal members and our indigenous members who share Father Joseph and our Pray Think Love House with our community; our Spirit led journey toward Becoming Beloved Community. I cherish most the privilege I have to be a Lector and read God’s Word aloud during services. I have served as a member of the Vestry for the last four years. In this capacity I was tasked to lead our effort to create our newest ministry, Promise To Learn; our proactive response to the food insecurity crisis facing college students. This grew out of our collaborative outreach ministry with Otterbein University and is a multigenerational, transformative offering in which Otterbein students will tutor youth from our community in our Pray Think Love House. They will share lessons and meals and build relationships with our members and each other through the support of a Campus Ministry Grant. I am a former Chairperson of Partners in Ministry in Liberia (PIMIL) and now Chair the PIMIL Endowment Initiative. We want to institutionalize this important international outreach ministry that feeds both minds and bodies of children and provides infrastructure in Liberia. At the diocesan level, I was a participant in Formation for Common Ministry and have been a Delegate to Diocesan Convention for the last four years. Three years ago, I was elected to Diocesan Council. I have served on the Budget Committee for all three years; the last two as Chair. I have also served on a Diocesan Council committee to work on a report for Blended Congregations; a construct which will have significant impact on our Diocese and the entire ecumenical community going forward. At the national level, I served our Diocese as an Alternate Deputy at the 79th General Convention held in Austin, TX this past July.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
We end most services at St. Matt’s with the prayer on p. 366 of the Book of Common Prayer most especially due to the line that says “And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do…”. God is calling me back to this second term on Diocesan Council to continue the work that God has given me to do there. Each member of Diocesan Council was elected as an individual but we have come together as one body committed to doing this important work for the Glory of God and the benefit of God’s children within the Diocese of Southern Ohio. In the face of difficult challenges, I have had the privilege to be an active member of Diocesan Council and Chair the Budget Committee. We have done what we have needed to do to deliver balanced budgets and leadership which have helped empower and support the members of our Diocese on our journey toward Becoming Beloved Community in the communities that we all serve. We have reached new levels of relationship, service, and unity as we live into our baptismal covenant. We have momentum and I have, again, heard God’s call and would be honored to serve you as a member of Diocesan Council for this second term.