I have been a part of St. James since 2014, when, new to Hendersonville, my family and I joined as members. I was ordained a deacon on July 9, 2020 and am delighted to be spending my transitional time serving at both St. James and at St. Paul’s, Edneyville. This was, in fact, my second ordination: I was consecrated in another denomination in 2009, fresh out of Duke Divinity School. After coming to St. James, however, I felt a strong pull toward the Episcopal Church and soon entered into the discernment process for Episcopal ministry.
My spouse, Julie, and I met as undergraduates at Trevecca Nazarene University. After graduate school, we lived in California for four years, where Julie completed her residency training and I served as a Palliative Care Chaplain. Since moving to Hendersonville, much of my time has been devoted to caring for our children and working with food-security non-profits in our community (e.g., the Society of St. Andrew, Root Cause Farm, Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, Veterans Healing Farm). I also had the privilege of serving on the St. James vestry and as Senior Warden—experiences that gave me a deep appreciation for the gifted and devoted leaders we have in our parish. I’m incredibly grateful to the St. James community for the ways it has loved and nurtured my family, and for the ways it has supported my discernment journey. It is a blessing to serve as part of your clergy team during these transitional months.