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Thanks for visiting our site, here is a bit of my background:
I grew up in the Episcopal Church. I was baptized as an infant and have fond memories of holding down the back pew at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Tomah, Wisconson. Apparently this left us with an easy exit when . . . er my sisters misbehaved? I only *remember* being removed to be reprimanded once, so it must have been because of them.
My whole family was and is active in the ministry of the church. My father was ordained to the Diaconate when I was a 'little guy' and I served as an acolyte during his ordination to the priesthood some years later. Despite this significant commitment, it is our mother who got us all started in the church, she is steadfast in prayer, and volunteering. My sisters and I served as acolytes and helped with the music. We each attended camp, then became staff at the camps as we got older.
I met my now wife at church camp nearly 20 years ago. Our relationship has been enriched by our shared experience and deep friendship that all happened prior to our dating. Later, we attended college together and were married during our time there.
As I came to contemplate what I would do with my life, ministry kept calling my name. As I mentioned this to those I trusted I found that none of them were surprised. One man whom I trusted immensely assured me he knew it wasn't a matter of 'if' but of 'when'.
I attended The School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. This time prepared me well. While there, our family grew when our son Noah was born. I was ordained to the Diaconate during my Senior year in preparation for what would come next.
I began my ordained ministry in Alaska. In 2005, I was called to serve as part-time Rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Wasilla,Alaska (before it was famous). The remaining 'working' hours were spent launching Alaska Wilderness Mission Camps in conjunction with the Diocese. In 2006, our daughter Emma was born and so were new ministries. Sarah and I were called to serve St Mary's Episcopal Church in Anchorage as youth ministers and I began working with The Regeneration Project in order to create Alaska Interfaith Power & Light. The next few years were incredible. Each of these four ministries grew and changed.
In 2009 I began seeking a new call, one that would allow me to focus on one set of goals and priorities, rather than serving several ministries at once. This led me to St. Nicholas.
In 2010 I was called to serve as the Vicar as St. Nicholas. The call was an easy one to take. Sure, I know what you're thinking, of course it was easy - you were in Alaska and Hawai'i was calling (it was January no less . . .). Despite the challenges we faced in Alaska we loved it there, loved the ministry and the people. St. Nicholas was seeking a priest that would focus on preaching, youth and being in the community. All of the things I liked best about ministry.
It is truly a blessing to be the Vicar of St. Nicholas. I love what I do here, I love who we are too. I hope you'll come visit us soon. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact me.