The Rev. David Pfaff

Rector, Christ Church, Glendale

Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:

As rector of Christ Church, Glendale, it is my responsibility and privilege to support the people of the congregation in identifying, equipping, and encouraging them in the ministries to which God has called them. This allows me to see how Christian stewardship (or trusteeship) is lived out in lots of different and exciting ways. For this gift I am enormously grateful.

Likewise, I value my place in the larger diocesan community through attendance at clergy days and other diocesan events, a colleague group, and my membership on the Advisory Committee on Compensation and Resources.

In previous positions and in other dioceses, I have served as priest in parishes of varied sizes, locations, and resource levels, as Canon to the Ordinary, and a member of legislative and standing committees of General Convention, a deputy to which I have been three times.

Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?

At both the diocesan and parochial level, I have served as a trustee of a number of endowment funds, and continue to do so now, as part of my work as rector of Christ Church Glendale. To this work, I believe I bring an appreciation of the ongoing ‘role’ previous generations have in supporting the church now, and in the future, as well as an understanding of the fiduciary responsibility that trustees have. In the Diocese of Southern Ohio we are very fortunate to have the endowment resources we have to support God’s work here and elsewhere. Working in concert with the bishop and other trustees, I look forward to joining in the holy work of discerning the right use of such gifts to support the ministry of the church as we understand it now, all the while remembering our responsibility to future generations of disciples who will seek to live and proclaim the Gospel in ways which we may not even be able to imagine in our own time.