Above my desk hangs the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi; “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.” This prayer has always inspired and directed my ministry as a pastor. It is my deepest desire to sow seeds of love, faith, hope, light and joy in this world through the power of the Eternal Spirit working in and through me.
I have found that life in community is how such work gets done. A person can seek to sow seeds of grace on their own, but the roots grow a little bit deeper, and the fruits of the harvest are typically more plentiful, when people are working, playing, worshipping and sowing together.
I have sought to serve Jesus the Living Light in a variety of settings over the past 25 years of my ordained ministry. I have cared for victims and survivors of domestic violence as a chaplain in a shelter for women and children. I have sat at the bedside of those who were actively dying as a hospice chaplain. I have overseen Christian Education programming as an Associate Pastor, and led guided meditation classes for people in recovery in a psychiatric hospital.
I am passionate about crafting meaningful worship.
I am passionate about demonstrating Christian faith as a viable option for youth.
I am passionate about emotional and spiritual growth.
I am passionate about engaging in ministry that seeks Social Justice for the marginalized and oppressed.
I am passionate about the work and writings of Christian Mystics and teaching Contemplative Christian Practices.
I am passionate about playing and sharing music.
And finally, I am passionate about my family.
I am the proud parent of two kids both of whom were adopted at birth. Maya is a junior at Baldwin Wallace University and Lou is a senior at Berkshire Waldorf High School. I consider it an honor to be their mother. Raising these two amazing human beings, with my wife of 30 years Lisanne, is perhaps the most significant accomplishment of my life.
The Rev. Patty Fox
Cait is our amazing church secretary. She not only designs and edits our newsletter but also manages our Social Media accounts and coordinates community outreach (all while being the best mommy to young Mr. Brady!) .
Cait is also frequently called upon to share her talent as a vocalist on Sunday mornings.