Before I go into how excited I am, I’d like to share a brief story:
“No, I’ll never work in a church”, I very bluntly stated to the girl beside me I’d just met the week before during staff orientation. You see, I was absolutely in love with camp and outdoor ministries and had very little room in my heart for a place with “four walls” and cheesy organ music. (No offense to Jesse!) She smiled and concurred, she planned to work at a camp as well.
Fast forward 11 years through a lot of different outdoor ministries/events, and that girl I’d just met, Amanda, is now my wife. We have now spent almost 7 wonderful years of marriage serving congregations AND camps in Maryland and now Virginia. We’re now in love with and dedicated to those “four walls” and the community of people that reside within. As she serves as the Rector of neighboring church Emmanuel, Delaplane and I now with you, we envision and strive to raise our two children (Ruth-3yrs & Caleb- 3months) in the place we once vouched was “not for us”.
Now for the excitement part:
Sometimes, it’s very unclear what God has planned for us and where he is calling us. The story above is an example of one of those times in my life. This my friends, is not one of those times for me. From the moment I first set foot on the property at Saint James campus, I could see the dedicated service of many and the work of God, plain as day. My heart yearned for it, and now, I am extremely excited to become a part of it.
I look forward to not only sharing my family with you, but welcoming you as a part of it. I’m excited to share together the love of our incredible savior Jesus Christ.
I can’t wait to meet you all and begin our journey together.