So, who am I?
I’m a priest in The Episcopal Church. I’m also co-founder of Missional Voices, and organization that seeks to spur the Church to a conversation about the future.
I write a bi-weekly column for the Episcopal Church Foundation on evangelism and mission, and I teach and present across the Episcopal Church on a variety of topics, including:
- “Theology Beyond the Walls” — Faculty lecturer in Mission/Evangelism for Iona School for Ministry
- “Doing Church Differently” — Council of Deans of Episcopal Seminaries, January 2018
- “Introduction to Missional Theology” — Episcopal Diocese of Texas’ Small Church Network, October 2017
- “Finding Your Missional Voice” — Episcopal Church Foundation Webinar, September 2017
- “Being the Missional Church” — Gathering of Leaders, April 2017
Prior to seminary I spent 10 years in the leadership of one of Texas’ largest boutique public relations and marketing firms. I handled public relations, marketing, and crisis communications for businesses and individuals across the country.
I’m also a husband, a father of two young boys, and a baseball fan.
Why “Hope Springs Eternal”?
I played baseball for nearly 20 years. It was thedriving force behind my formation as a person, and continues to guide my formation as a priest.
The lessons in baseball are many, and I think we in the Church have a lot to learn from sports.
The Outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.
A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at that -
We’d put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat.
In baseball, hope indeed springs eternal. In the Church, we too cling to a Hope that springs eternal.
Opening Day always comes around the same time as Easter, and this quirk of the springtime calendar seems appropriate to me.