Father Mac was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. He likes to say that - while both parents were professional classical musicians - the musical skill skipped a generation in his case. He was baptized, confirmed, and sponsored for ordination at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, where he was involved with the youth group, especially as a volunteer leader in college.
While an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill, Fr. Mac was drawn more deeply into Christian life and faith especially through several evangelical campus ministries. The Lord gave him friends and mentors who showed him the face of the living Christ. They also gave him plenty of books to read, and as his heart was stirred to love Christ more deeply, he also had his mind stretched to know God more clearly. He therefore discerned a vocation both to ecclesial ministry and to theological study, believing that the two would nurture and reinforce each other.
After college, Fr. Mac served as an intern at a church in Boston as part of the Episcopal Service Corps, before returning to North Carolina for seminary at Duke Divinity School and its Anglican/Episcopal House of Studies. Prayer and study deepened and sent him out into the church and the world with new fire for building up Christ’s body by proclaiming the gospel. After completing a further year of studies at the Berkeley/Yale Divinity School, he was called to serve as a curate for three wonderful years at All Souls Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City.
In 2017, the Lord opened a door for Fr. Mac to focus for a time on the theological aspect of his vocation, studying for a Ph.D. at Catholic University in Washington, DC. While here, he served for two years at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, MD, as Assistant Priest and Youth Minister. He is grateful that the Lord has opened another door for him to step back into parish life at All Saints, and put his theological study to good use for the building up of His body in faith, hope, and love. He currently serves All Saints part-time, while also completing his doctorate.