Since our arrival in Dublin, Ohio, more than 30 years ago, my family and I have participated in the mission and ministries of St. Patrick’s, St. Matthew’s, Westerville, St. John’s, Worthington, six years as Rector at St. Paul’s in Mount Vernon, and now as Rector at St. Peter’s, Delaware. I’ve led and participated in many world-mission experiences in Honduras and Belize and noted with awe their ability to come together with so little and experience so much of God’s bounty and grace. My experience on Diocesan-level organizations includes years on the National and World Mission Commission, and as a member of the ECSF Board of Directors, serving also as the President of ECSF during that term, and on Diocesan Council.
Our children all attended camps at Procter and our family at many events and activities, including my being a chaplain at camp there. I’ve served variously on standard committees of the Parish since 1985 as Vestry, Wardens, Delegate, Deacon and now Priest. As a member of the Board of Directors of Andrews House in Delaware, we’ve supported one of the finest examples of community services in central Ohio.
With over 30 years in business, big and small, I’ve come to appreciate the financial balance sheet as well how to carry out the mission statement. These experiences have shaped my understanding of how important the Parish can be to the life of the Diocese and the surrounding communities.
God is calling me to serve joyfully, and I find satisfaction in that. I’m called to identify how I will be accountable to the responsibility I’ve accepted by seeking to serve on the Standing Committee. I will work to meet the call of understanding the ministry of the bishop in our Diocese. We have so many gifts we’ve been given in this diocese, it can be difficult for any human being to remain focused on the people, and ministries to which the people are called.
I think we should look at ways to build up the participation of all the areas of the Diocese, so that we find the “energy” to which Christ calls all Episcopalians and Common Mission churches. We can celebrate and encourage areas in the Diocese that have already demonstrated “energy” and enthusiasm and are willing to move ahead for ministry and mission. I have found the greatest work of the body of Christ is finding ways to open communication toward healing this world and our broken relationships with God, and finally restoring “all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”
There are many challenges ahead for the Standing Committee, and the people of our Diocese, so I promise to fulfill my calling from God to serve all God’s people as a servant leader.