About

Daniel J. Sparks Welcome to my website. I’m an Anglican evangelical minister, teacher, speaker, and writer. I minister in the Anglican Reformed Archdeaconry of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA). I live in Missouri, where I minister to military veterans.

Before coming to Missouri, I worked with veterans in Georgia; served as vicar of a small church in Indiana; and served as assisting pastor and interim headmaster of a classical school in Texas.

A few years ago, 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 drift from its Christian identity).

Before my time in the military, I worked in parish and non-parochial ministry 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