We are pleased to announce that we have added two new writers to Anglican Pastor. Canon David Roseberry will be writing from thirty years of pastoral experience. He is the planter and pastor of Christ Church, Plano, Texas, and was the founding leader of Anglican 1000. Fr Jonathan Warren works for InterVarsity Texas Christian Scholars Network, and is completing his Ph.D. in History of Christianity at Vanderbilt. Jonathan has planned a series of key Anglican biographies and historical genealogies which will help us see the relevance to our contemporary setting. Below is more information about each new writer. Look for their first posts in the next two weeks.
Welcome Canon David and Fr Jonathan!
David is the founding pastor and rector of Christ Church, Plano, Texas. He and his wife, Fran, came to Plano in 1985 with the vision of planting a new church for the growing community. Christ Church was built on the principles of lay ministry, evangelistic preaching, and small group ministry. Fr. David is a 1982 graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and has been an ordained priest since 1983. Canon David helped found the Anglican 1000 church planting movement, and has been an Episcopalian/Anglican from childhood. He will be writing on a variety of pastoral issues, drawing from over thirty years of experience.
Jonathan Warren was ordained priest in the Anglican Church in North America in March 2014. He is married to Tish Harrison Warren, also a priest in the ACNA, and together they have two lovely and spirited daughters. Jonathan bounced around graduate school for the better part of the last decade, collecting a J.D. from Georgia State University and an M.A. in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is presently finishing a Ph.D. in the History of Christianity at Vanderbilt under the supervision of Dr. Paul Lim and Dr. Peter Lake. Jonathan and Tish live in Austin, TX and work for InterVarsity Texas Christian Scholars Network, a ministry to graduate students and faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.
Jonathan’s contributions to Anglican Pastor will focus on Anglican church history. Anglicanism is extraordinarily diverse, arguably more so than any other tradition of Christian spirituality. As NT Wright somewhat cheekily put it on the Colbert Report, ‘if it’s true, then Anglicans believe it’. One of the pivotal virtues but also greatest weaknesses of Anglicanism is its comprehensiveness, its intention to hold all the legitimate insights of the Christian tradition together in a single communion. This attribute has generated great creativity and flexibility within Anglicanism, but it has also made us to struggle to articulate the limits of Christian belief and practice. Jonathan’s posts will probe this internal diversity, focusing on multiple provinces within the global communion and the divergent streams that have informed the Anglican ethos in the hope that a look at where we have been will help illuminate our future as a global communion.