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Welcome! I have been an unabashed
geek for many years, though it became quite a bit easier to say what I
did for a
once personal computers became so pervasive. Having been
what is now called an "Information Technology" professional for so
long, I come complete with my share of war stories
My professional perspective has changed substantially over the years.
After receiving the "Celestial
forehead" (to get my attention), I began a lengthy journey of
that resulted in my ordination as an Episcopal priest.
of that story appears below.
Also, a new term has crept into my vocabulary. Just as software
engineering and IT have evolved in recent decades, so have the
realities of smaller churches, of which many are no longer able to
full-time clergy. The result is that an increasing number of
clergy, including myself, have become "bi-vocational," which is to say
that I serve
congregations part time while supporting myself with professional
employment. I'm grateful to have accumulated a wealth of
technical experience that I can offer to both my employers and the
churches I serve.
Following a hiatus, during which I completed a Master of Divinity
degree and served as Priest-in-Charge of an Episcopal parish, I
returned to full-time software engineering in 2012 as a Software
Consultant for Sogeti USA.
My engagement was with the Hewlett-Packard Workstation Global Business
Unit in Fort Collins, CO. I had been with Sogeti at HP prior to
seminary, and it was very nice to re-establish my professional career
in that setting. That engagement has now ended, and I'm looking
forward to my next professional challenge.
As I reflect on the variety of positions I've held over the years, I
realize that the ones that have been the most satisfying have allowed
to combine interpersonal skills with technical challenges. I
have accumulated a great deal of technical expertise over time,
starting with the basic engineering discipline of learning how to
learn. At the same time, I enjoy working with customers and
engineers to establish a vision of how things should be and to find
creative solutions to the problems raised. That now includes
service to churches and outside ministries, who have many of the same
I describe myself as a customer-oriented software engineer with
extensive experience as an Individual Contributor (software consultant,
architect, analyst, programmer), Project Manager (recently PMI
certified after many years'
experience -- both with the title and without, as part of my
technical team leadership responsibilities), Supervisor, and Mentor of
other software engineers. I am also highly skilled with an array
of Configuration Management tools, having been deeply involved in the
development of high-trust software and subsequent projects over the
latter half of my career. I believe in getting things "right the
first time," which requires a balance between inspired creativity and
attention to detail.
I have been providing long-term clergy supply to St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
in Brighton, CO since September, 2014. St. Elizabeth's is a small
(but lively) congregation, and I'm blessed to be serving them, even as
a supply priest. When not otherwise performing clergy supply for
Episcopal and (ELCA) Lutheran congregatsions, I am a Priest Associate
at Trinity Episcopal Church
Greeley, Colorado. I am the former the Priest-in-Charge of the
Parish Church of St.
the Martyr (small church, long name) in Fort Morgan,
Colorado; after my three year tenure at St. Charles came to
an end, I shifted to providing worship leadership
and pastoral assistance to meet the needs of smaller congregations
I am also a past Secretary and Director of St. Clare's Ministries,
began life in the 1980s as a parish outreach ministry to the
homeless and working poor in central Denver. When the sponsoring
parish became "imperiled" (at risk of closure, due to its inability to
support itself), St. Clare's was spun off to ensure its survival.
I led the effort to incorporate St. Clare's Ministries as a Diocesan
Institution in 2009. More than five years later, we continue to
meals every Tuesday evening (holidays included), along with providing
clothing and toiletries to meet
basic needs. Volunteers from some 15 different congregations take
part each month, and they have proven to be the secret to our success
as a ministry. We established an optional Holy Communion service
several years ago, which has helped our guests to evolve from people
looking for a meal to a very open community of faith that cares for its
own and invites others to join them. I lead worship on the first
Tuesday of each month.
As I adapted professionally
to the sea change in the technical world, the turning of the millenium
a good time to reflect
upon the vocation that had long been nagging at me. As a result,
I entered the
Discernment process in the Episcopal
Diocese of Colorado. Three years later, I
was named a "Postulant for Holy
Orders," by which I was approved to prepare for ordination as a priest
the Episcopal Church USA.
I am now a graduate of the Episcopal
Theological Seminary of the
Southwest (ETSS) in Austin, Texas. ETSS has recently rebranded
itself as the Seminary of the Southwest,
as an Episcopal priest includes
the earning of a
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, which entails a three year course
of study (including
summers). Returning to academia after three decades was a bit
daunting, but this leg of the journey proved to be quite
Complementing my academic
formation, I was required to take a
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), which included 300 hours of hospital
chaplaincy plus 100 hours of supervision and instruction. My
clinical work was done at the Boulder
for ten weeks during the summer between my "Middler" and "Senior" years
My seminary also required us to engage in cultural immersion during
first two (Junior and Middler) years of the M.Div. program. I
spent two weeks in Santa Fe, NM and Ciudad Juárez in January of
my Junior year; the next year's January immersion took the form of
relief work among
Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The scope of the
disaster was (and remains) so
vast that I created a Hurricane
Katrina web page to bring together photos of the devastation and
to describe our part in the response to it.
An important piece of my formation is getting actual experience in a
parish setting. To that end, I was placed with St. Mark's Episcopal
in San Marcos, thirty miles south of Austin. As a
"middler," I was expected to spend five hours per week in this
assignment (as if one could keep it to five); as a senior, it was 10
hours/week. My duties included occasional preaching, leading
Formation class between the main services, planning & execution of
the Great Vigil of Easter, and becoming fully integrated into the life
of the parish.
St. Mark's was a wonderful placement. The parish was then in
transition from "pastoral sized" (where the Rector is essentially the
head of an extended family) to "program sized" (where the Rector
general oversight, but most authority is distributed to the lay
leadership). St. Mark's has since built and occupied a new campus
west of San Marcos. This was an exceptional time in the
life of the
especially in terms of the lessons I was able to take away with me
as I entered ordained ministry. The St. Mark's family is also a
group, which provided a delightful diversity of opinions and
backgrounds to challenge any assumptions that I had made.
Once I returned home to Colorado, I joined the Office of the Bishop
as the Coördinator of the 120th Diocesan
Convention in October, 2007. This assignment was primarily
project management, drawing upon my engineering background, with a dash
of ecclesiastical politics and a generous dose of networking. I
blessed to be surrounded by good people, so things fell into
place quite nicely and the Convention went very well.
I was also made Secretary of Convention in the process; that office has
responsibilities that continue through year. Once I had become a
known entity, my job description became heavy on
"other duties as assigned" in the Office of the Bishop, even as I begin
to serve congregations within the diocese as a supply priest.
During the six months separating my ordinations as a Transitional
Deacon and as a Priest, I affiliated with two Denver parishes. I
grew up at the Church of the
Ascension, and that parish "adopted"
me as a Priest Associate; I presided at my first Holy Eucharist there
the day after my ordination as a priest. I also became a
of the St. Clare's Kitchen ministry at the Parish of St. Peter &
St. Mary, which feeds between 75 and 200 homeless and/or
working poor each Tuesday evening. These two affiliations were
nicely complementary and have been a gift to me. My St. Clare's
affiliation has continued as it evolved to become a separately
incorporated Diocesan Institution (St. Clare's Ministries), of which I
became a Director and the Secretary.
I served as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish Church of St. Charles
the Martyr in Fort Morgan, CO for almost three years, starting in
April, 2008. It was much like an extended engagement, though it
did not conclude in a "marriage." Having discerned that my
calling is to be as a
"bi-vocational" priest, I have re-entered the technical professional
ranks, allowing me to serve small congregations that are unable to hire
When I returned to my native Colorado in 1997 after a sixteen year
sojourn in eastern Massachusetts, I first concentrated on "rebooting"
my life. The change of venue allowed me to reconnect with long-time
friends and family and to find peace and refreshment as I gaze upon and
explore the Rocky Mountains.
Recent years have contained an abundance of "interesting
(in the sense of the Chinese curse), but another old saying is that
"anything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger." If that's
I suppose I'm getting stronger by the minute.
also made a turn for the better in the health arena. As
overweight middle-aged male with an infamous snoring problem, it came
no surprise to me when I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea .
For me, the treatment that works is a Constant Positive Air
(CPAP) machine to keep my airway open at night, even when I travel .
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big news, of course, is
that I am now making a new life with the former Cynthia Obermeyer, who
on a Cursillo weekend (she
a Candidate; I was on the team) in
2006. Cynthia has a unique combination of intelligence,
spirituality, love, and passion for ministry that have stolen my
heart. We were married on January 2, 2010 in Denver and we
continue to live (commutes and all) in Fort Morgan.
As they say, "all work and no play ...". It should come as no surprise
that I'm a computer geek, but that's not all.
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