|The Reverend Dr. S. David Cox, Rector|
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- B.A. Philosophy, Carson-Newman College (1995)
- M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary (1998)
- M.A. Sociology, East Tennessee State University (2001)
- Ph.D. Religion (Ethics), Vanderbilt University (2007)
I grew up with my parents and four younger brothers in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of northeast Tennessee. I was raised in the Southern Baptist denomination, attended a wonderful Baptist college where I began to realize that I no longer felt at home in the Baptist tradition, and attended a Presbyterian seminary where I began to fall in love with the Episcopal church. After finishing my education, I served for five years as the Instructor of Sociology and Religion at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri. During that time, I pursued a year of Anglican studies and completed the ordination process. I was ordained to the priesthood on December 1, 2012, in the Diocese of West Missouri.
While in seminary, I met my wonderful wife, Amy, to whom I have been married for 14 years. Amy was ordained to the priesthood in November, 2013, having been previously ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). We have two amazing children, Abby (11) and Simon (7), who are true reminders of the riches of God’s blessings.
As a priest, I am especially interested in the church’s responsibility to integrate hearts and minds in the life of the Spirit of God—creating disciples of Christ. I believe that we are created by God with a purpose and that we are most at peace when we realize that purpose. In my ministry, I strive to help prepare us to do the work that God intends for us to do and to be the people that God intends us to be. I believe that such preparation begins with the cultivation of a moral disposition characterized by an attentiveness to the presence of the Spirit of God in all things. This disposition arises from the deep and profound hospitality that the Father showed us in our creation, that Christ showed us in giving his life for us, and that the Spirit shows us every day as it nurtures, empowers, and transforms us.