It is with mixed emotions I announce that I am leaving the office of the bishop at the end of October, with the exception of my teaching duties at the School for Ministry through mid-December. After much prayer and discernment, I have accepted the position of associate rector at St. Bartholomew’s, Poway, beginning December 1. This position allows me to return to parish ministry full-time, which is what drew me to the priesthood to begin with. St. Bartholomew’s is a welcoming, vibrant parish and I am honored they have asked me to serve there.
At the same time, leaving the bishop’s office is bittersweet. I have been blessed beyond measure for the many opportunities given me over the last five years as I have traveled throughout the diocese and witnessed firsthand the tremendous, faithful work of the people of this diocese. The work done by the whole diocese is inspiring, challenging, meaningful, sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, but done with heart and care, and I have been fortunate people have been willing to share their faith journeys, experiences and wisdom with me continuously over years. Truly the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego takes seriously the call to be the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement in this place.
Finally I want to thank all the people in the bishop’s office I have had the honor to work with during this time. They have mentored me, supported me, set me straight when necessary, made me laugh, and showed me what is possible when people of different backgrounds and experiences come together with a common goal of being of service.
As we are told, truly all things are being made new and I look forward to this next chapter with all of you!