St. John’s Episcopal Church welcomes its new priest
ABERDEEN – No matter what angle it’s analyzed, the similarities between priest and teacher are striking. After molding minds in the ways of math and science in McComb and Natchez, the Rev. Brandt Dick recently assumed the role of priest at St. John’s Episcopalian Church to mold communicants’ spirituality.
“I see a lot of my job as trying to bridge the gap between religion and science by reaching out to those who may have fallen away from God because of scientific beliefs and pulling them back,” Dick said.
A 1990 graduate of Mississippi College, Dick taught physics, chemistry and calculus in the McComb School District for 10 years. After meeting his wife, Erica, and seeing the potential of marriage, he joined the Episcopalian faith, in which she was raised.
The two participated in an educational outreach program, where people began asking Dick if he’d ever considered becoming a priest.
“If enough people ask you about becoming a priest, you actually start thinking about it,” Dick said.
After graduating from seminary in 2005, he doubled as a teacher and a priest at Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchez and its affiliate, Trinity Episcopal Day School.
“My roles morphed throughout the seven years I was there. I served as a part-time school chaplain and a part-time curator of the church, serving pastoral duties and writing sermons. I worked under Rev. Chip Davis and I was very fortunate to be nurtured. He told me to preach during Holy Week while he performed the service and vice versa the next year so it was nice easing into it unlike so many new priests just out of seminary,” Dick said.
He also served as interim headmaster during his last year at Trinity Episcopal Day School.
In his teaching role at Trinity, Dick found it favorable being able to be a quantum physics instructor while wearing his priest collar. The same appeal applies to spending his adult life talking about the subjects he enjoys the most – religion, the Bible, math and science.
Upon assuming the role at St. John’s left by the Rev. Sylvia Czarnetzky, Dick’s goals revolve around making people feel partially bigger than themselves.
“Sure, I want to see the church grow, but growth is about more than just numbers. I want to see people grow in spirituality and grow more in their relationships with God. At the same time, I want the church to be a place where people feel welcomed and a part of,” Dick said.
Dick will be splitting his pastoral duties between St. John’s and St. Michael’s Episcopalian Church in Fayette, Ala., while residing in Aberdeen with his wife, 12-year-old son, Zachary and 6-year-old daughter, Lucy.
“We love it here. After growing up in McComb, we lived in Magnolia and Aberdeen reminds us a lot of there. It has everything you need and you can spend the rest of your life here, but still can easily get to interesting places,” Dick said.
- Aberdeen, Amory begin Lenten Luncheon series
- Lenten Lunch series leads up to Holy Week
- Celebration Recovery helps those with dependencies through religion
- Silent Night: Midnight Mass celebration ushers in hour of the day
- We Care: F&H Resources aims to reach out to community through scripture
- Local worship leader sings praises to national audiences
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to Press This! (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
About Ray Van DusenI've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Versed southern writer guest of April Booklunch April 17, 2017
- MCSO seeks information regarding stolen John Deere Gator April 19, 2017
- Prairie actress steps into director role of Tupelo Film Festival April 20, 2017
- Please excuse our mess while we remodel April 20, 2017
- Finances continue upward climb for Amory School District April 20, 2017
- Social Security Knowledge Center: Confusion at best April 22, 2017
- Lady Tigers rally late for victory over Lady Noles April 21, 2017
- Panthers can’t overcome early Saltillo lead April 21, 2017
- Errors catch up to Lions against Feds April 21, 2017
- Presley tapped to lead national effort on rural gas expansion April 21, 2017
- Chris Burks: Two awesome superstars!...
- Mike Dryden: The death of Richard Justice was a shock. He was m...
- Steven Robertson: So sorry for the family of both of them! Praying f...
- Carol Bray: Their, not there. Not just once, but multiple time...
- Jill Haney: Totally agree. ...