David Lappano is leaving
As many of you know I will be leaving my position at the Centre for Christian Studies this summer.
In 2019 I began the process of discernment for ordination in the Church of England, and I will begin the formal training and education September 2022. Dedicating my attention to the ordination process means I will be unable to continue my role at the Centre.
I feel so blessed and honoured to have worked at the Centre for Christian Studies. Every colleague has been wonderful, encouraging, hilarious, challenging, and committed to each other’s growth and wellbeing. It’s a truly unique work environment that I will miss dearly and daily.
I also feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with students, alumni, and volunteers of the Centre these past six years. Accompanying students through their ministry formation ignited the spark in me toward my own ministry calling. Teaching, learning, and sharing with students led to an awareness of my own calling to pastoral and sacramental leadership. While I was nurturing students’ formation for ministry in Canadian churches, they were nurturing my call to serve the church in a new way as well. I thank them for this.
The Centre for Christian Studies has left its mark on me like it has left its mark on you, and I hope and pray that as I enter ministry in the Church of England, I can bring a little bit of what each of you has taught me about being prophetic, being faithful, being open to challenge, being wise, being transformed, being joyous, being creative and adaptive, and being fabulous!
With love and gratitude,