Officially my retirement took effect on June first 2013, and I thought I retired. It lasted only three weeks, until I met Fr. Darrel when my wife Ewena and I visited COTHA, looking for a place to worship during our retirement. The rest is history and I am on board the staff of a wonderful church family on a part time basis. I am in office on Tuesday, Wednesday and of course on Sunday. My designation is The Pastor of Evangelism.
Evangelism is very dear to my heart, because I believe it is one of the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon me. God in His mercy has used me as an evangelist to share the good news of Jesus Christ in many parts of the world. It took the form of conferences, church missions, teaching, preaching and Bible Studies. In the Diocese of Montana I had the privilege of serving as Diocesan chair for Evangelism and in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas I served as a member of the World Mission Board and on the Executive Board.
On the national church level, I served as a member of the provincial council, as vice president and then as president of province VI. Later on I was elected to the National Executive Council of ECUSA.
However God had other plans for me and brought me to be the rector of Trinity Church, Baytown. Next I served as Rector at St. Cuthbert for twelve years and now at COTHA. This has been a wonderful and an exciting spiritual journey for me. I have learned and grown a lot and I continue to grow in HIM every day. I am so blessed to be active in the ministry at the age of 67 and to continue the ministry HE has called me to, both in Sri Lanka and in the USA. Now, you heard a little bit of my story, and I look forward to hearing your story and about your journey what God has done and is doing in your life. God Bless you!
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