In the summer of 2013, my wife, Joanne, and I began thinking seriously about where we might live in retirement. We wanted both access to a city and a home in the country. Whether it was dumb luck or God’s will, we learned of an 1880 farmhouse on an acre of land in Fauquier County. Three months later, we were settled in our new home near Orlean.
On June 1, 2015, I retired as rector of The Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, DC and became a full-time “hobby farmer” with my wife. Joanne, a nurse practitioner, grew up on a dairy farm in New York, and I grew up in a rural town in South Carolina. Getting closer to the earth is in our blood. We call our home “Little Acre Farm,” and we share this sacred space with two dogs, two cats, and four alpacas. Hazel, our black Lab, will have her second litter of puppies in late October. We are so happy about our home and our new lifestyle.
And I am thrilled to begin ministering with you at Saint James’ on a part-time basis. I look forward to getting to know all of you and discovering how I can support Ben and you in the ministry of Jesus Christ.