I currently serve as associate rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio and Affiliate Professor of Church History at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. I hold a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill, an M.T.S. from Nashotah House, and a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Iowa. In 2013 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (which my old mentor mockingly described as a British bauble).
In 2010 I was joined in marriage to Dr. Denise Kettering-Lane, whom I met while we were both grad students at Iowa. Denise now serves as assistant professor at Bethany Theological Seminary in Indiana. We have one son, Daniel Calvin Lane, born in January 2013 and baptized on Whitsunday and we expect the birth of our daughter later in the spring of 2015.
St. George’s is a program-sized church in a suburban setting and, as the associate rector, I handle much of the programming, particularly planning opportunities for families, youth, and children. I enjoy seeing folks who are overwhelmed with the stress of contemporary, middle-class American life(career, marriage, kids, keeping the gutters clean and the grass cut) taking time to seriously grow as disciples of Christ. Prior to taking my call at St. George’s, I was priest-in-charge of St. Mary’s Church in Franklin, Louisiana for just over three years. St. Mary’s was a small parish in a rural setting and I was the country parson.
I have held grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church for research in both the U.S. and the U.K. In addition to my regular participation in the American Society of Church History and the Sixteenth Century Society, I have published articles in Anglican and Episcopal History and Reformation and Renaissance Review and my book, The Laudians and the Elizabethan Church: History, Polemic and Religious Identity in Post-Reformation England (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013). In the latter project, I explore the way the Laudians of the 17th century constructed a convenient historical narrative of the past in order to pass off as conservative and old fashioned what was, on any assessment, a thoroughly innovative liturgical program for the church.
In both my church life and my academic life, I am deeply interested in the way people define their religious identity — what factors go into making one an “Evangelical,” a “Catholic,” or perhaps more pointedly an “Anglican.” I am currently at work on an introductory-level book on the intersection of religious change (reform) and Christian spirituality from c1000 to c1800.