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Welcome!  I have been an unabashed computer geek for many years, though it became quite a bit easier to say what I did for a living 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 and urban legends.

My professional perspective has changed substantially over the years.  After receiving the "Celestial 2x4 across the forehead" (to get my attention), I began a lengthy journey of discernment and formation that resulted in my ordination as an Episcopal priest.  More 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 afford 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.

My Profession:  Software Engineer

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 me 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 other 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 challenges.

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.

My Vocation:  Episcopal Priest

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 in Greeley, Colorado.  I am the former the Priest-in-Charge of the Episcopal Parish Church of St. Charles 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 around me.

I am also a past Secretary and Director of St. Clare's Ministries, which 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 serve 75-200 hot 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.

Formation for Priesthood

As I adapted professionally to the sea change in the technical world, the turning of the millenium was also a good time to reflect upon the vocation that had long been nagging at me.  As a result, I entered the formal 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 in 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, (SSW).  Formation 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 exciting.

Complementing my academic formation, I was required to take a unit of 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 Community Hospital for ten weeks during the summer between my "Middler" and "Senior" years of seminary.

My seminary also required us to engage in cultural immersion during the 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 victims of 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 Church 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 a Christian 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 provides 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 parish, 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 wonderfully welcoming 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 was 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 on the day after my ordination as a priest.  I also became a regular part 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 full-time clergy.

Home & Family

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 times" (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 the case, I suppose I'm getting stronger by the minute.

I've also made a turn for the better in the health arena.  As an overweight middle-aged male with an infamous snoring problem, it came as no surprise to me when I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea .  For me, the treatment that works is a Constant Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine to keep my airway open at night, even when I travel .  Follow the links for more information.

Bill & CynthiaThe big news, of course, is that I am now making a new life with the former Cynthia Obermeyer, who I met on a Cursillo weekend (she was 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.

Outside Interests

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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