I attended Virginia Theological Seminary, and received my MDiv 1980, the same year I was ordained Deacon (June) and priest(December). I served congregations in Royal Oak and East Pointe, Michigan before returning in 1993 to my family’s home state of CT to serve as Rector of St. Paul’s New Haven for the next 17 years. (In October of 1994, St. Paul’s and St. James Westville merged to become the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, affectionately known as St. PJ’s.) In 2000 I received my DMin in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western. I retired June of 2010.
In October 2012 I officially became the Missional Pastor for St. James Fair Haven, having served for several months as their supply clergy. As Missional Pastor I serve in a part-time, very fluid relationship with the congregation, working to help the congregation grow in faith, energy, resources, and number as we discern together how and to what God is calling us right now. I find this relationship spritiual, exciting, challenging, and creative, along with a way of making great music together. (Since I happen to be a drummer, I’m both priest at the altar and drummer in the band, since contemporary praise is the St. James people’s choice of music.
I have a heart for urban ministry and social justice, along with a gladness for working with a great multiplicity of people. I delight in the diversity God breathed into the world.
I’m married to the Rev. Canon K. Dexter Cheney and have 2 children and 3 grand-children.