I was born in Anniston, Alabama, and grew up attending Grace Episcopal Church. I am an alumnus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Since graduating from Kenyon I have taught and coached at the middle school and high school levels, been a professional fundraiser, and have worked in the financial services sector since 1982, first with the Dean Witter (now Morgan Stanley) office here in Honolulu, and with Cadinha & Co. since 1989.
In our married life Mary Ann and I have lived in Houston, Texas, Gambier, Ohio, Honolulu (twice now), and in Nashville, Tennessee. We have three grown children: Elizabeth, Zander, and Chris, and two grandchildren (Xavier who is 6) and Lucienne (2) who live in Decatur, Georgia, with their parents, Alexcander and Noelle. You will see all of them from time to time when they visit.
The process I am now on is the culmination of the journey which began with my baptism at age two at Grace Church. This past December I completed the three-year program as part of “Waiolaihui’ia,” the Hawaii version of the Iona Initiative created and sponsored by the Seminary of the Southwest (Austin, Texas) and the Diocese of Texas. These three years have been among the most interesting, enlightening, and enhancing of my life (although watching Zan and Noelle parenting Xavi and Lucie is a definite and close second!). Learning about the “Via Media” (the “Middle Path”) which is the deepest core principle of our lives as Episcopalians and how Richard Hooker’s “Three-Legged Stool” of Scripture, Tradition, and Reason have guided our faith for over 500 years and continue to do so today has been a truly God-given opportunity.
Mary Ann and I and the children were members of St. Christopher’s in the mid- to late-1980s. It is so wonderful to have the opportunity to return to the same warmth and commitment that we found in August, 1982, and, at the same time, to be involved with a parish new in people and structure.