Welcome to my website. I’m an Anglican minister, teacher, speaker, and writer from Alabama. I belong to the United Episcopal Church of North America (UECNA).
Most recently, I completed a year-long residency in clinical pastoral education (CPE) at a hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Prior to this, I served as vicar of St. Paul’s Reformed Episcopal Church in Greenfield, Indiana and as president of the Anglican Bible and Book Society. Before ministry in Indiana, I served as an assisting minister in a Texas parish, as well as interim headmaster of the church’s classical school.
Before I returned to parish ministry, I served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. My experiences in the military shaped me a great deal, and my heart still quickens when I think about my soldiers and their families, about war, and about the ministry of chaplains. On occasion, you may see this come through my writing–I assure you, however, that whatever surfaces is only the tip of what is within my heart.
My writing here is sometimes ordered and sometimes rambling. I’ve arranged the topics I address into these categories:
- Faith: items about the Christian faith, pastoral ministry, and Anglicanism.
- Citizenship: reflections on society, including the responsibilities of citizenship and governance.
- Family: thinking on the bonds of matrimony and family life.
- Travel: travel notes and photos.
- Miscellany: remarks about myself or other passing matters.
I’m a native son of Alabama, and though I’ve lived in six other states, I still consider it my home. I was educated in a rural public school (from which I am still recovering) and at The University of Alabama (for which I have a fondness, but from which I am also recovering). I completed seminary at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School (about which I have mixed feelings as I watch the university gradually walk away from its Christian identity).
While ministering in Alabama, I was deeply engaged in events surrounding the public expression of Christian faith and the sanctity of human life. These are matters that remain important to me, and I am learning how best to continue my involvement–particularly in this time when there is a rise in public intimidation of Christians in these United States.
If you find something helpful in these pages, I hope it may be very helpful. If you discover something unhelpful, I hope it will rapidly pass from your mind. If you find something harmful, I hope you will inform me post-haste.
May the peace of our Lord, which passes all understanding, guard your heart and mind as you trust in him.
Daniel J. Sparks
Among my varied interests, I am a grateful supporter of the following organizations: