Since 2006, I have served as the leading pastor (rector) of St. Dunstan’s Church, located in a northwestern suburb of Houston. Prior to coming here, I had the privilege of serving on the staffs of the Church of St. Michael & St. George, St. Louis, and then the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas.
I have a BA and MA in history (Stuart England and colonial America) from Stanford and an MA from Yale, also in history (American religion). This simply demonstrates that a lot of resources can be thrown at a problem without solving a durn thing. I went to seminary at Yale Divinity School, where I: (1) came to Jesus, (2) stayed with Jesus. This demonstrates that with God all things are possible. My wife, Kate, and I were married in 1996, and we have three sons ranging in age from 9 to 15, which is why I can’t have nice things.
Theologically and spiritually I aspire to be a cross between Hauerwas and Schmemann, so I have to be a catholic Anglican who preaches like a Methodist! However, I must say that my favorite hymns tend to come from the section on “Christian Responsibility.” Come, labor on, and all that. In my parish leadership, I have been running a nearly decade-long experiment in whether the catholic and biblical faith that is at the heart of orthodox Anglicanism can be vibrantly substantiated and flourish and grow in the suburban South (talk about resident aliens!). Personally, I mine the Scriptures and our tradition for the resources to endure as faithful husband, father, and priest. In my free time, I am a den leader, assistant scoutmaster, and Cub Scout District Roundtable Commissioner. Fortunately, Scouting, like church, only takes one hour a week. I intend to catch up on my sleep during the first year of the general resurrection.
Parish priests find themselves thoroughly embedded in families in nearly everything they do. In my judgment, Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way forward for parish clergy to negotiate the challenge of pastoral care and leadership.