Hello everyone at Good Shepherd in Pitman!
I am excited to return for the second time as your interim Rector and “Temporary Shepherd”! Here is what you need to know about me. I am an Episcopal priest, canonically resident in the Diocese of New Jersey. In June of 2020, I celebrated the 34th anniversary of my ordination (I was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Lutheran Church in America in June of 1986).
I retired as Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Holly, NJ on Sunday, January 27th, 2019. Since my retirement I have been doing pulpit supply. I just completed a year of service at the Associated Parishes of Saint Stephen (in Beverly and Riverside).
As I am sure you know, I am the “husband of one wife” (Susan) and we celebrated our 47th anniversary in August of 2020. I am the father of four children (Joshua; Rebecca; Timothy and Zachary) and the grandfather of eight (five boys and three girls). Susan and I have lived in Burlington, NJ since July of 2005.
I am a graduate of Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, Pennsylvania) with a BSc. in Education (May of 1972). I received the Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. (December of 1985), and the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Bangor Theological Seminary (Bangor, Maine) in May of 1997.
Since graduating from seminary, I have served as Associate Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Pottstown, PA. (1985-1989); Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newington, NH (1989-1997); Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in North Conway, NH (1997-1998). I began my formal association with the Episcopal Church in August of 2000 when I was called to serve as the part time Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bridgton, Maine (2000-2005). At the time, I was the first pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to be called to serve an Episcopal Church following “Called to Common Mission” which brought the Episcopal Church and the ELCA together in a “full communion” relationship. In February of 2008, I was officially welcomed into the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of New Jersey.
I also served, for more than a decade as a major gift fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, International and for World Vision-USA. I am currently serving as a member of Project Resource: The Diocesan Stewardship Commission for the Diocese of New Jersey, and as a Trustee of Doane Academy (an Episcopal day school in Burlington, NJ). I am very excited about renewing my ministry here @ Good Shepherd, and looking forward to the time we will be spending together over the next 12-15 months…
29 Yubas Ave., Burlington, NJ 08016
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