I am delighted to announce that the Right Reverend Edwin F. Gulick Jr. has admitted me as a postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. I have formally started a period of preparation alongside Bishop Gulick leading, God willing, towards ordination to the priesthood.

As many of you know, I have been discerning a call to the priesthood for many years. When I came to Christ Church in 2015, I had already completed seminary before spending two years teaching at a charter school in Washington, DC. Being here has allowed me to weave seemingly disparate threads together: my love of God, sense of call, theological training, experience in education, and passion for social justice.

I firmly believe God is calling me to proclaim the Good News of God in Christ and to foster communities of radical welcome. In particular, Bishop Gulick has charged me to reflect upon how my experiences have prepared me to help lead communities dedicated to undoing systems of injustice in the name of Christ.

Postulants are typically sent to seminary to begin their formal theological training. Because I have already finished seminary and completed many of the other requirements for ordination, Bishop Gulick is asking me to spend the next year deepening and expanding my ministry here at Christ Church.

I am thrilled to be living into this call and walking this path alongside the Bishop and all of you. I am deeply grateful to the members of my Parish Discernment Committee, who spent several months praying, listening, and asking me thoughtful questions to help me discern whether this was the right time and place to pursue my call to ordination. I am also appreciative of the Vestry’s statement of support in recommending me to the Bishop and the Committee on Priesthood.

So many of you have offered prayers, words of encouragement, and occasional words of redirection. I would humbly ask you to keep it up! I believe wholeheartedly that Holy Spirit has led me to this time, this place, and all of you. I can’t wait to see where She takes us next.