Well hello there!
You might have heard that there is someone new at the diocesan office. It’s true and I know it because I’m him! I wanted to take some space on this website to say hello and introduce myself.
Some of you reading this may know me already. I’m a home-grown member of the diocese, having been raised in and still worshipping at Christ Church in Owosso. Prior to this appointment with the diocese, I worked for seven years as a human resources professional and supervisor for Michigan State University, my alma mater. I’ve been blessed to have already served the people of the diocese as a member of the Commission on Ministry, Camp Chickagami staff, Education for Ministry group mentor, and delegate to diocesan convention. In my own parish I serve as the clerk of the vestry, as a lay preacher and Eucharistic minister/visitor, and most importantly, dishwasher for parish dinners! In the wider church, I’m currently serving a term as president of the campus ministry at MSU, I’m in my second term as deputy to General Convention, and I consult on human resources issues for the Episcopal Service Corps.
And now this position. It’s a new position for the diocese, certainly, but it incorporates things we’ve seen in roles previously filled by others, as well as some new things that I hope will bear good fruit for the benefit of the Kingdom. So, briefly, my portfolio:
- Communications strategy and execution
- Supporting congregations and clergy during times of transition
- Baptismal ministry support and volunteer leadership recruiting
- Networking individuals and congregations throughout the diocese
- Championing the Coppage-Gordon School for Ministry
Much of this work is done in partnership with the persons reading these words. We are the diocese, together, and with the Holy Spirit together are finding the way forward in Eastern Michigan. I am excited about this new chapter in a way I haven’t experienced before. There is so much happening in our communities! There is so much we can do together!
I am making my way around the diocese to meet as many as I can, as soon as I can. If you have an event, a meeting, a gathering of any kind that you’d like to see me at, or if you just want to get together in person or by phone to talk, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. As I am very new I won’t promise any profound insights just yet, but I pledge to listen, dialogue, pray, and participate as we discern and equip each other for the mission God calls us to live.
Canon to the Ordinary