The path that led Fr. Stewart to the Anglican tradition was long and winding, and it began one day during his college years when, on a whim, he purchased a used copy of the Book of Common Prayer at a local thrift store for $1. After falling in love with the liturgy in print, he soon fell in love with it in practice as well. After discovering the rich theological foundations of Anglican practice, he was eventually confirmed in 2009 at All Souls’ Church in Oklahoma City.
He met his wife, Molly, at Oklahoma State University, where he earned BA and MA degrees in philosophy. After graduating, he taught humanities at a classical Christian school for three years before relocating to North Carolina, where he earned his MDiv through the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School in 2013. He continued his theological studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a PhD in moral theology and Christian ethics in 2018. He is the father of four wonderful girls: Lydia, Sophia, Agatha, and Lucia.
Fr. Stewart is currently visiting assistant professor of theology at Valparaiso University. His academic interests include the moral theology of Thomas Aquinas, contemporary virtue ethics, and ethical issues surrounding public discourse and public policy. He also researches and writes on Anglican moral theology, as well as on figures such as Immanuel Kant, John Henry Newman, and René Girard. His articles have appeared in Religious Studies, New Blackfriars, Philosophia, and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.
Ordained to the priesthood (Diocese of Oklahoma) in 2013, he serves as assisting priest at St. Paul’s Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is a fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation and frequently preaches and teaches throughout the Diocese of Northern Indiana.