A Double Blessing
St Philip-in-the-Field parish had been my church home. Working with the Rector, Fr. Theron Walker, my role was to assist as a priest associate—primarily for Sunday Mass and other equally important High Feast days. Thus, I was blessed to be able to assist two wonderful men of God: Mr. Jason D. Christensen, CEO of Catholic Charities and The Rev. Theron Walker, senior pastor. Today, however, I assist Fr. Scott Campbell at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Monument, CO. But, I do want to highlight Fr. Theron and Jason Christensen, who have been a double blessing to me on many occasions.
And so, a little information about both men:
Theron and I were on staff together at Grace and St Stephen’s Episcopal Church. I was a residential pastoral counselor and adjunct professor with a local university and he was the Vicar—basically, responsible for any and all things delegated by the Rector for the parish. He also was and is a wonderful teacher and preacher and conducted a Bible class on an assortment of Old Testament themes. This he did on a weekly basis to a crowded room of men and women, anxious for any hint of understanding the mysteries of God. Almost without fail, I would squeeze into his classroom to hear about the great prophets of old and their never ending quest to experience God. Theron brought the Scriptures to life—largely because he not only taught them, but lived them. His was a life worthy of imitation. And, my favorite weekly activity was getting on our knees together in either my office or his and asking God for the spiritual stamina to do His will, “On earth as it was in heaven”.
Jason is my employer and immediate supervisor. His love and concern for the poor are reflected in the decisions he makes on a daily basis. And every chance he gets, he writes about them—reminding us, “that as much as you do it unto the least of these my brethren, you do unto me” (Jesus). His good humor helps the message go down. And, when we—just like with Fr. Theron before him—pray to God, I know I’ve come to the right place.
So, I felt doubly blessed… God, in His mercy, had positioned me between two men of God. My prayer will be that between the three of us (as with the Holy Trinity) he will permit us to attempt something so impossible that without Him it will fail—both in the church and out in the world. This prayer extends to my work with Fr. Scott, too; who, as God would have it, continues the legacy begun by Fr. theron before him.