Hello, below are answers to questions I'm often asked.
Are You a Catholic Priest?
Answer: No. I'm a missionary priest serving with the Society of St. Patrick and St. Aidan: A Province of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC). The CEEC is an Evangelical, Charismatic, and Sacramental worldwide Christian Communion of over 20,000 congregations and 200+ bishops in 70 nations. The CEEC is ecumenical. We will work with anyone who will work with us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus and advance the kingdom of God.
What's the Difference Between a Priest and Pastor?
Answer: "Pastor" literally means shepherd. "Priest" is an old English word for "presbyter" or "elder". My ministry role has me functioning more in the traditional role as a missionary priest, rather than the contemporary designation of "pastor". As such, my focus is on proclaiming the Good News of Jesus and reaching the lost, promoting generational revival, equipping followers of Jesus to extend the Kingdom of God into our post-Christian society, and working across denominational lines in visible unity in Christ.
Didn't Jesus Say, in Mt. 23:8-12, Not to Call Anyone "father"?
Answer: A thoughtful exegesis of Matthew 23:8-12 will reveal that Jesus is using hyperbole to elucidate a spiritual truth that his disciples were not to behave like the pretentious Pharisees. Remember, Paul repeatedly called Timothy his "son" and "my child" (1 Tim. 1:2, 2 Tim. 1:2,). Paul called both Titus and Onesimus his "child" (Tit. 1:4, Phm. 10). Peter called "John Mark his "son" (1 Pet. 5:13). John and Paul called their readers "my little children" (Gal. 4:19, 1 Jn. 2:1). Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers: "for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.” (1 Cor. 4:14–15). Lastly, the attribution of "Father" for elders/priests was widely accepted and used by the ancient church. It best described the role of these servant leaders. They understood no injunction by Jesus or the Apostles with the designation of "Father" when referring to their priests/elders as spiritual "fathers".
Are You Part of The Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA)?
Answer: No. I serve with the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC). The CEEC has never been a part of the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA). The CEEC does have faithful priests who formerly served in the ECUSA. The CEEC is "episcopal" because we practice the historic episcopacy: A relational leadership structure of bishops/overseers. The CEEC is not well known in the western world. Most of our deacons, priests, and bishops are in the developing world.
Please contact Fr. Jon if you have other questions.