What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? Moved here in 2016 to serve as priest at St Barnabas Episcopal Church and added two additional churches: St Johns New Castle and All Saints Battlement Mesa. The mountains, the rivers, the trout, the snow, the community, the pizza, the sunshine, the pace, the ranches, the arts, the active lifestyle—- brought us to the Roaring Fork and Grand Valley.
What was your most interesting or unusual job? I worked as a veterinary technician for large and small animal practices.
Why did you apply to be in RFL? To meet new people in my community and serve a broader segment of the community.
What is your definition of success? Success is knowing and living your purpose and vision and building environments of trust and authenticity. In my current call— to share the love of Jesus with my community through respecting the many faiths we represent. To empower people to live in faith communities of all sorts.
What are you most proud of in the last year? Innovative ministries: yoga Eucharist; Grown Up Vacation Bible School- Rock & Roll and the Bible; Holy Hikes. And the growing sense of community among our three Episcopal Churches in Garfield County. Completing 118km on Camino de Santiago. Providing grants to many non-profit organizations through the St Barnabas Special Ministries fund.
What do regret not doing in the last year? Flyfishing more; hiking more; playing more.
What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before? Canoe on soft water on our rivers—-learn to chant the liturgy—-bake at high altitude—watercolor
Anything you would like to share so far about your RFL experience? RFL brings together members of the community from all ages, walks of life, experiences and together they share their lives and their joys and their difficulties. It provides a safe place to explore your skills and teaches new skills and leadership techniques while serving the community at large. We laugh together and learn together.
10. What’s the best advice you ever heard? A few Brene’ Brown quotes come to mind: 1) Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path; 2) Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary; 3)Courage is contagious. A critical mass of brave leaders is the foundation of an intentionally courageous culture. Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organizations bolder and stronger.