Please describe your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community
Serving as Associate for Mission at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer has allowed me the opportunity to pastor and preach in the parish setting, while at the same time engaging the surrounding community through new and lasting missional relationships. The position empowers me to call Redeemer home, but it also nourishes my nomadic spirit. I currently serve as the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Officer of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. In this role, I actively participate in the Ohio Council of Churches, and the EquaSion Interfaith Council of Cincinnati. When my family and I moved to Ohio just a few years ago, we made it a strong priority to actively participate in community; not just within our Churches, but also in our neighborhoods, schools, and the wider city. Looking at our daily life, I can sincerely say that we are ordering our lives with this goal as a personal and professional priority. We have found that the wider our circle grows, the more our love of God grows too.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
One of the greatest joys of my life has been to serve as a priest in the Church; and I have had the great honor of fulfilling the vows of my vocation in many and varied ways over the past decade with a myriad of beautiful humans. One piece of my life in the Church, though, in which I have felt deep longing is the call to “take your share in the councils of the Church.” The governance of the Church is an aspect of ordained life which I have rarely engaged, but to which I feel truly called. I ask you to consider me as a faithful representative of our Diocese as I seek God in new people, places, and policies in the Church.