The Mother Church

of  The Dakotas

  517 Douglas  Avenue,  Yankton, SD 57078




My dear family in Christ,


I write to you with a most grateful heart.  On Sunday, April 23rd, I announced my plan to retire as your rector, effective at the end of this year.  Gloria and I feel so very blessed to have shared the ministry of Christ Church with you for these many years and with your blessing, we’ll have about eight more months of it!


On a personal note, I very much look forward to spending more time with Gloria in 2018.  Her service as South Dakota’s Secretary of Human Services is based in Pierre, but she travels home most weekends and we find her helping at Christ Church most every Sunday.  I may be a bit biased, but I know our congregation has been richly blessed by her commitment and ministry.  Beginning in January, I will take some turns commuting to Pierre.  We have a small apartment there and I’m going to be the “head cook” (I’m not a chef, but I can cook…pretty much).  Our home is Yankton and when we are both retired, we very much look forward to our “next chapter” and we are counting on abiding friendships!


On Saturday, the 22nd we had, in the words of Bishop John Tarrant, “a very positive vestry retreat”.  Bishop John will be meeting with our vestry on May 15th for the purpose of assisting the congregation as you explore your options for future ministry.  He is ready to become more familiar and aware of the good people and the resources (the blessings!) that Christ Church offers for sustainable ministry.  I will continue to serve as your priest and rector these next months, however, planning for the “next chapter” that begins in 2018, will be led by your vestry.  What doesn’t change, I pray, are those abiding friendships that Gloria and I have with each of you…and all of us together.  We thank you with all our heart!


In Christ’s Easter life and love,



Christ Episcopal Church         517 Douglas Avenue        Yankton, SD 57078          605.665.2456