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The Privilege of Serving

I’ve had some wonderful privileges in life. My parents recently celebrated their 56 anniversary and are enjoying their golden years. My wife and I recently celebrated our 28th. Our 4 children are all healthy, established in their careers and relationships and leading reproductive lives that make us proud. Our families, both nuclear and extended enjoy getting together and being with each other. I’ve had the privilege of planting and pastoring Trinity Presbyterian Church in Providence, RI, for 8 years and Christ Presbyterian Church in Reading, PA for 10 years. I’ve had academic privileges with a MDiv from Yale and a PhD from Temple University. I teach at Albright College.

These are not privileges often available to the people I serve in Reading, named the nation’s poorest city in the 2010 US census, and the nation’s worst-funded school district in a 2016 Rutgers study. When my pastorate at CPC concluded, it did not take me long to figure out my next step: taking all these privileges and making them available to least-served immigrant and minority leaders in Reading, not as the “white answer-man,” but as a humble servant to the needs and aspirations of some of the most incredible people I know, the Latino and African-American pastors in the city of Reading, PA.