Over the years, I have purposely kept the details of my personal life vague in this blog. I value privacy, both my own and others, and sometimes cringe when I see people share explicitly private details about their lives in public forums online. However, I am about to embark on the next big step in life and I wanted to share a bit of what is to come and also how my readers can help.
I have received a blessing from my bishop and several priests and mentors whom I have known over the years to begin studies at seminary in order to fulfill my calling in the priesthood. Last week, my wife and I moved up to Pennsylvania, and later this month, I will begin at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
I have not had much of a chance to write fresh material lately since I was working hard at getting our previous home ready to sell, getting packed, and then moving from North Carolina up to Pennsylvania with my wife. It’s been good, but busy!
If you so desire, here is how you can greatly help me:
1. Please pray, pray, pray! Anything that we do for God that is worthwhile will come with some resistance from the enemy, that especially goes for those who are pursuing a pastoral ministry. The devil does not want more priests, and will do what he can to stop me. I need you, my brothers and sisters, to hold both me and my wife up in prayer as we go through these exciting and challenging years.
2. My wife and I agreed that the timing was right, and we have stepped out in faith that God will provide for us during our three years here at St. Tikhon’s. We have been promised assistance with tuition and some living expenses, but we still need help. In order to make donations easy, I have set up a couple of online gifting methods: a GoFundMe page and a PayPal link. You can also email me for my physical address if you prefer to write a check.
With all of the theological studies and ideas bouncing around in my head, I am sure I will have plenty of inspiration for blogs. The primary challenge will be finding time to jot those ideas down in a format that keeps with the current tone of my blog and doesn’t feel too academic.
Please pray for me and my wife (Jeremiah and Theophania) as we embark on this great adventure. I will also continue to keep you, my readers, in my prayers.
Glory to God for all things!