I became Rector of Christ Church in August, 1999, and am committed to ministry in the city. Born in Rochester, NY, I attended public schools in Athens, Sedalia, and Columbus, Ohio. I spent my senior year of high school as an exchange student in Stockholm, Sweden. Higher education includes a B.A. from the University of Rochester, Master of Divinity from The Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton. My thesis title: Reframing the Dialogue on Racism in America in a Parish Setting.
I have served parishes in Whitehall, Ohio; Greenville, Ohio, Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bath, Maine. My wife Ann and I have eight children. Over the years we’ve have had over seventy foster children live in our home. Our commitment to the city includes having our residence in Dayton and sending our children to Dayton Public Schools. (Our children range in age from 42 to 13 — six adoptions figure in there).
I have two consuming passions. The first is to seek ways to reframe Christianity in ways that speak to comtemporary people. This entails being open to new knowledge and discoveries in every area of human endeavor. And it requires openness to God’s Spirit as she leads us into God’s future. My second passion is to reach out to the poor, the disenfranchised, the weak, and the victims of the powers that be: racism, empire, sexism, homophobia, and all other forms of discrimination and injustice.
I do take time away from Church and work to be with my family. I love to travel . . . especially to the Alps to ski with my son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren who live in Switzerland. We have a son serving aboard an aircraft carrier with the US Navy. His wife and three children are in Las Vegas. We have three adult daughters, two in Dayton and one in Boston. Other leisure pursuits include enjoying music and reading and photography.
I am often asked how I should be addressed. I was baptized “John.” That works for me. Some of the children at church call me “Father John.” That works, too. I’m not a particularly formal person, so I’m easy on the forms of address. So do what’s comfortable for you.
I would love to hear your story. Call or email me to set up a time.