How do you serve at St. Aidan’s?

I serve our congregation as the Rector (the lead pastor / priest).  I’m responsible for our leadership development, vision, preaching, pastoral and liturgical life. Like all Ministry Team Leaders, I'm always praying for leadership expansion and seek to identify and form new leaders who, in turn, will do the same! 

Family?

I’m married to my best friend, Liz, who ministers alongside me. We have two grown children, Julia and Ian. We spent most of our early family life in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to KC in 2004.

Where are you from?

Much of my childhood and teen years were spent growing up in the magical foothills of the Appalachians (where Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina converge). 

School or work experience?

I received my BA in Theology from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK and my Master's in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. 

In 1981, Liz and I began marriage and ministry together as youth leaders at St. Andrew’s by the Sea, Destin, FL (now Immanuel Anglican Church). This community continues to be transformational for us. 

In 1984, we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area so that I could begin Seminary. Over a twenty year span, we served three Vineyard Christian Fellowship churches (San Francisco, Napa and Danville). Two years before moving to Kansas City, we planted five house churches around the North and East Bay area of San Francisco. While on an extended Sabbatical in KC, I answered my initial calling to become an Anglican priest. Stranger than fiction! 

Fun, hobbies, interests?

I love reading, hiking, spicy food, prayer, a balance of people and solitude, Nick (our awesome Bossy - Boarder Collie / Aussie), wide genres of music, playing guitar and writing songs. All sorts of guitar pedals and books! Someday, I may record some new music!