Please describe your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community
I am the pastor / priest of All Saints Church – A Lutheran and Episcopal Community in Washington Court House. I am working within my region to establish shared ministry so that all congregations have consistent clergy support. I am involved in the Fayette County ministerial association, bringing together more than 20 churches for ecumenical mission and ministry. I am currently working towards my Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development focusing on rural / small town churches.
I currently serve on the Procter Center board of directors, the Creation Care and Environmental Justice task force, and have served for the last few months to fill a vacant position on Diocesan Council. I have previously served on Diocesan Council in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle (Saskatchewan, Canada) and the Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI (Canada).
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
I truly feel that we are called to be a church that is greater than its individual congregations. The primary role of the Diocese and the Diocesan Council is to support, guide, and enable congregations in their life of faith. I feel that I am called to serve on Diocesan Council to help to ensure that the work of the diocese for the benefit of the parishes and God’s people is maintained and remains focused on God’s glory and mission.
My understanding of the Church (universal) is that we are all part of the wider body of Christ joining in what God is doing in the world. We cannot effectively do this if we don’t share diverse voices and listen to those who differ from us. A large portion of the Episcopal Church is rural and small town oriented. The vast majority of deputies to general convention come from large urban churches. Our diversity is not being shared. As such, I put my name forward as a voice from the small church constituent within the Episcopal Church in Ohio.