It is with pleasure and humility that I submit my name in consideration for a three-year term on the vestry of St. Michael’s Church. My wife Jo and I have been members of St. Michael’s since moving to Charleston in 2010. For Jo, of course, this was a return since St. Michael’s was previously her church home and where her three children were baptized and raised. It was God’s grace, operating through Jo that first led me to the Episcopal Church shortly after our marriage in 1992. At St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Hartsville, SC, I was profoundly influenced in my growth as a Christian by two outstanding rectors: Frank Limehouse and Ted Duvall. At St. Bartholomew’s Jo and I led Alpha groups, and I served as a lay reader and chalice bearer. I also followed Jo’s service on the vestry by becoming a vestry member myself and subsequently served as Ted Duvall’s senior warden.
In 2000, Jo and I moved to Greenville, SC, when I was called to be headmaster at Christ Church Episcopal School. It was at that point in my career that Christian ministry and vocation became truly wedded. At Christ Church, I served as a lay reader and chalice bearer, helped to facilitate adult Sunday school lessons, and was an active member of a men’s bible study fellowship. It was also during this time that I became involved in the Kairos men’s prison ministry at the Perry correctional facility.
In 2010 Jo and I left Greenville and moved to Charleston to be with our network of family and friends. I have continued to work, primarily with Christian schools, in Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas, assisting them in matters relating to leadership transitions, organizational structure, governance and executive/board relations, and strategic thinking and planning. I believe that these are skill sets, developed over a career of almost forty years that would be of benefit to the vestry and to St. Michael’s.
At St. Michael’s I have assisted with our Alpha program, led a life group, and have been an active member of the life group led by Jo. I am now deeply involved in men’s ministry within the church and am working inside the MacDougall correctional facility, co-facilitating a weekly, Christian-based, character development class for a group of nineteen inmates who are within eighteen months or so of being released. Finally, I have recently volunteered my services to Freddy Tuyizere and Benjamin Opondo at the Gitega International School in Burundi to assist them in the school’s accreditation process, an area in which I have extensive experience.
I am a graduate of Wake Forest University and hold MA and PhD degrees from the University of South Carolina. My wife Jo and I have a blended family of four children and six grandchildren.