I am a priest with an academic disposition, or an academic with a pastor’s heart, depending on which role I’m in. I am an eccentric mix of Lux Mundi Anglo-Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox Trinitarianism with a definite Barthian twist. Some of my heroes include Charles Gore, Walter Howard Frere, Michael Ramsey, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and, of course, C.S. Lewis. I presently serve as Acting Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Tomball, TX, and as an adjunct faculty member of Houston Graduate School of Theology. My wife of twenty-two years, Donna, and I have three children and we live near Houston, Texas.
I am a 1986 graduate of Penn State University (B.S. in the Animal Sciences). I graduated from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania with the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees in 1989. In 1992, I entered the doctoral program in Liturgical Studies at the Graduate School of Drew University, Madison, NJ, where I was privileged to study under such notable scholars as James White of Notre Dame, Horton Davies of Princeton University, and Robin Leaver of Westminster Choir College of Ryder University. In January 1994, I was invited to pursue doctoral research at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford under the supervision of Dr. Roger T. Beckwith. I defended my doctoral thesis “Liturgy, Eucharist and Holy Spirit: Pneumatology in the Anglican Liturgical Tradition from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries” with distinction before Dr. Alister McGrath of Oxford University and Dr. Richard Buxton, formerly of St. Deniol’s Library in North Wales. In 2001, I was awarded the Ph.D. degree from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University in association with Coventry University, UK.
While a student of Wycliffe Hall, I discovered Pusey House, Oxford, which proved to be a more useful base both for my research and my spiritual formation. Over the course of six years, I was a frequent guest of “The House”, reader in their library/archives, and participant in their daily liturgical routine. The principal, Fr. Philip Ursell, and priest-librarians served as my confessors, my pastors, and even at times as research advisors. I credit The House for the most formative training I have ever received for the priesthood.
I entered the ministry of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) right out of seminary, being ordained a deacon in 1990, and serving as Minister-in-Charge of a parish in Northwest Philadelphia. In 1995, I was ordained a presbyter in the Free Church of England (the REC in England) and installed as rector of Christchurch, Exeter in the beautiful southwest county of Devon in England. I also taught at Exeter Martyrs Seminary, an institute based at the parish, and supported by a network of churches throughout the region. Upon our return to the USA, I served for three years as an associate priest of All Saints Reformed Episcopal Church in Shreveport, LA in conjunction with my duties at Cranmer Theological House.
In 2004, my wife and I were confirmed in the Episcopal Church. In January 2008, I was ordained priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
In 1998, I joined the fledgling resident faculty of Cranmer Theological House in Shreveport, LA, teaching in the areas of Pastoral Theology, Dogmatic Theology, and Liturgics. Upon the seminary’s relocation to Houston, TX in 2001, I was appointed Dean and Principal. During my tenure as Dean, CTH developed into a program offering courses in Houston, Dallas, and Phoenix. In 2003, I helped to establish the Phoenix program, Andrewes Hall, as a freestanding seminary.
In July 2004, I joined the administration and faculty of Houston Graduate School of Theology (Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Worship and Historical Theology from 2004-2009, Vice President from 2008-2009). HGST is an ATS accredited ecumenical seminary offering three Master’s degrees and the Doctor of Ministry degree. I stepped down as Dean of the Faculty and Vice President in January 2009 to pursue full-time ministry in the Diocese of Texas. I currently serve as Adjunct Professor of Worship and Historical Theology at HGST and as a member of the Doctor of Ministry Committee.