How do you serve at St. Aidan’s?
I serve our congregation as the Rector (the lead pastor / priest) and as a member of the Parish Council. I’m responsible for our leadership development, vision, preaching, pastoral and liturgical life. Like all Ministry Team Leaders, I help identify and equip potential leaders who, in turn, will do the same! Disciples who make disciples.
I’m married to my best friend, Liz, who wholeheartedly serves alongside me. We have two grown children, Julia and Ian, both of whom are married with children. We love being grandparents to Nova and Simone! Another one is on the way!
We spend twenty years of pastoral ministry in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to KC in 2004.
Where are you from?
My childhood and teen years were spent growing up in the magical foothills of the Appalachian mountains (where Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina converge). Age nineteen, I moved to Destin, Florida and became an Anglican at St. Andrew’s by the Sea, a beautiful, thriving Christian community.
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 my home church, St. Andrew’s by the Sea, Destin, Florida (now Immanuel Anglican Church). This community continues to be transformational for us. My spiritual roots have been planted there since 1977!
In 1984, we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin Fuller 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 a network of house churches, Connect Ministries, around the North and East Bay area of San Francisco.
During an extended Sabbatical in KC, I returned to my initial calling to become an Anglican priest. Stranger than fiction! The theological commitments of the Anglican Church of North America provided a desirable pathway back into the Anglican communion. I’m home.
Fun, hobbies, interests?
I love spending time raising up new leaders, reading, hiking with Liz, spicy food, prayer, our wonder dog Nick, art, wide genres of music, playing guitar and writing songs. All sorts of guitar pedals, amps and books! Someday, I may record some new music!