Q: What is your “faith” story? How did you come to know and love the Lord?
A: My two loving parents baptized me as a baby and all my youth I went to Sunday School, summer church camps, youth groups and as an Eagle Scout took personal ownership of the scout law that “a scout is reverent”. As a searching youth I convinced myself that I could worship just as well if I met God on his beach or on my bicycle so my days in the pew dwindled. One summer day before I turned sixteen, I walked over the sand dune in Cocoa beach to check the waves and lo and behold there were six young lovelies, one of which was Nancy. Many twists and turns and eight years later she became my beautiful wife of now 42 years. Thanks be to God, she was Episcopalian, knew the Lord better than I and was a girl I could take home to meet mom. These “God appointments” still amaze me, but they seem to be the way He works and I love Him for it.
Q: Share one particular personal blessing you have had as a result of worshiping at Church of the Holy Child.
A: Having sat on many pews, heard many different teachings and been to services large and small, it was at Church of the Holy Child that I heard this over and over: my mission was to use my spiritual gifts in my own personal style and with my own personal passion to be a witness for Him.
Q: I think an important challenge to the parish is….
A: Although we are not large in numbers, we can seek ways to be salt and light to each other, our families and our community. We are part of an enormous force that is changing the world.
Q: As a vestry member I would do the following to address that challenge….
A: Likely, life will throw us plenty of curve balls. Another storm will come, the roof might leak, the sprinkler fizzle. Whatever the detail, it will be our opportunity to work together to support our wonderful leadership, to steer a safe heading and keep us off the rocks, to be a witness than we can be good stewards and faithful witnesses of God at work in our personal and collective lives.