Pastoral Ministry

I was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2007. Since then, I’ve served as a full-time associate at two different parishes (one in Dallas, one in Seattle). I’ve also spent time in chaplaincy, both hospital and hospice, and have served as an extended supply priest and/or part-time transitional priest in three different parishes around the Diocese of Olympia. For the time being, while my Ph.D. work is the primary focus for my time and energy, I serve as a nonstipendiary assisting priest at St. Mark’s, Berkeley. I also do supply ministry around the Diocese of California, and I’m involved as a teaching assistant and chapel presider at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

In all these varied settings, I’ve come to believe that the primary task of church leaders–lay and ordained–is to nurture congregations into more and more faithful communities that live, teach, and practice the gospel. In 2011 I completed the Diocese of Olympia’s College for Congregational Development and have served as a trainer for the College since then. In 2014 I was engaged by the Diocese of California to co-design and lead (with Caroline McCall) a pilot training program in congregational development for this diocese known as Strengthening the Body of Christ. We have five congregations participating in a set of three daylong workshops this year; next we hope to offer a fuller program to benefit the wider diocese and region.

Presiding in liturgy, and planning together for the liturgical life of a community, is something I am passionate about both doing and teaching. Preaching is also an integral part of liturgical presiding, and although I miss doing it more regularly as a parish priest I am glad to be able to preach in the various places I serve during this Ph.D. time. You can read a few of my sermons here.

Helping to create faithful, transformative liturgy and healthy congregational life that shapes Christians more and more deeply into their baptismal identity is at the heart of my pastoral ministry. I’d love to talk more about any of these things, so please leave a comment or contact me to get in touch.

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