Dear Friends and Members of Trinity Church,
It is a pleasure to be invited to be the priest in charge of your wonderful parish. Your warm greetings have heartened both my wife Lizzy and me.
We are presently in Radford, Virginia where I am the interim rector of Grace Church, after most recently serving as the interim in two churches in North Carolina, and a Clinical Pastoral Education Chaplain at Norfolk General Hospital. Lizzy is a sign language interpreter, teacher, and early intervention specialist for families who have children who are deaf. We each have three children. Lizzy has two in California and one in Oregon. Mine are in Boston, Baltimore and Richmond. Two are married. Lizzy has one grandchild- Felix!
I was raised in Kentucky, and went to schools in Tennessee, Virginia and Illinois. My vocation in the Church as both a layperson and as a priest ordination has been as far scattered as Alaska, Haiti, Newfoundland, and Oregon and as rector of three different parishes in Virginia. I have always linked the churches and schools I served with other institutions in other cultures. Including Great Britain, Haiti, Alaska and most recently Northern Malawi. It is a pleasure to be back in Tidewater. In my spare time I like to be on the water, in the hills, or in a chair reading. I love parish ministry, my wife and our extended family.
Trinity Church is a lovely community. Our welcome has been enthusiastic. The staff is bright, committed, devout and joyful. Your vestry is strong. Your programs are ambitiously rooted in the mission of the Church. My present task is to help this faith community within the ambiguities of life, give thanks to the Lord for all that has been, for all that is, and for all that shall be. Ultimately during this time the Vestry will call the woman or man who shall be your next Rector.
I thank you for inviting me to this position and look forward to the ministry we shall share, beginning January 2, 2017. Until then, may you have a most merry Christmas.