I am originally from Southern, Illinois and grew up in a small town of Coulterville, IL with a population of 1,200 souls! My family was Methodist and I came to experience Jesus Christ at a young age. However, It was not until the end of my junior year in high school that I took my personal discipleship seriously. Through the guidance of my Methodist pastor, Rev. Ralph Anderson, I accepted a call from God to pastoral ministry in 1974 after graduating from high school. I attended a bible college, a liberal arts college and finally seminary and began serving small parishes in the United Methodist Church. I served 7 churches in the UMC over a span of 17 years. In 2002, my family and I were tired of the mandatory and constant relocating, so I left the UMC.
My wife Brenda and I moved to the Kansas City in 2006 area and worked briefly with a church ministry in overseas missions until 2009. We both begin working for the Park Hill School District in 2007 and continue working yet today.
Having sensed a call to return to pastoral ministry for many years, in late 2014 we began exploring the Anglican way. We found our way to St. Mary’s in August of 2015 and were confirmed in November.
We have assisted with the Reception Committee, helped with ushering. I’ve served as a lector numerous times, clerk and torchbearer as needed. I also join with the Prayer Team that meets to pray with people at the baptismal font.
When I’m ordained, I feel like I can offer to the Lord what years I have left to shepherd a flock that would benefit from my former years of ministry.
Being ordained a priest is most suitable to my former pastoral work, expect now I can better magnify the Sacramental nature of worship, daily Christian life and ministry. I can’t forget that John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist societies, was an ordained Anglican priest his entire life and ministry. In a way, I feel I will have come full circle when I’m ordained in the Episcopal Church.
I deeply appreciate the acceptance and love we have experienced from the members at St. Mary’s Church. Thank you again to our former rector Fr. Patrick, the Discernment Committee, and the Vestry for your support and commendation to the Committee on Ministry on my behalf. I deeply desire all the church’s continued prayers as I continue to journey toward ordination and beyond.