Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:
Being rector of two parishes in Appalachia is both difficult and rewarding at the same time(but that is the benefit of doing God’s work right – difficult, yet rewarding). The cross was/is difficult, yet the reward of our salvation is something that all of us are called to give thanks for! The two parishes I have been called to are as different as they are loving – being their new rector we have had the opportunity to challenge one another and still come to the same conclusion – how can we reach out to the world around us through our evangelization efforts and our work in the community to feed the hungry and clothe the naked in our two towns.
My involvement in the diocese is as a member of the Commission on Congregational Life (CoCL), as well as, on the Mission Share Task Force – both of these efforts have been insightful to the inner working of the diocese, as well as, all of the church’s in our diocese. I have often been struck at the ingenious ways our parishes respond to the needs of the communities that we are in. Both areas are a constant reminder of the great commission that Jesus left us – to go out to all nations…
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
I feel God is calling me to this position to be a voice at General Convention, not just for our Diocese, but also for parishes across the country who are battling not just to keep their doors open, but who also feel compelled to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world around us.