My mission in life is to be an authentic human being who embodies grace and compassion in all relationships. This is a lifelong project.
I write a few times per month about experiences I have with others and the lessons they teach me about life, and sometimes, faith.
I was a pastoral care specialist in two congregations during the first thirteen years of my vocation developing programs and ministries that taught adults how to care for one another throughout the life cycle.
I was a Chaplain in an outpatient (HIV/AIDS) clinic for fifteen years in the deep South. The patients and staff were my teachers. They changed my worldview and taught me about unconditional love. I learned the most about what it means to be the church here.
I started The Support Team Network with colleagues Joe Elmore and Kelly Ross-Davis to organize sustainable volunteer teams to offer practical, emotional, and spiritual support to persons with any healthcare need.
Now, I am the Director of Pastoral Care at a hospital where we offer grace and compassion to patients, families, employees, and the community regardless of faith background. We offer care in the inpatient, outpatient setting, and in the community.
My personal faith journey has led me to work on the staff of congregations in Presbyterian (summer youth minister), Baptist (associate pastor), and United Church of Christ (associate pastor) congregations. I was ordained as an Episcopal priest on January 15, 2014
Episcopal ordination as a priest
- From Baptist Preacher to Episcopal Priest (Baptist Press);
- Baptist chaplain ordained as a priest in ceremony at UAB Hospital (Spiritual Journey) (AL.com)
- Live in Birmingham, AL with the love of my life, Mary Bea Sullivan.
- Have two open-hearted stepchildren, who are amazing, loving young adults.
- Enjoy strength training, hiking, nature photography, and technology.
A Word About Confidentiality
Confidentiality and integrity are central for me in my professional and personal life.
If a person’s identity needs to be protected, I change key identifying information so that the heart of the story can be told but the identity of the individual is confidential.
I do not represent any institution on this blog, as these are my own thoughts and beliefs.