Chris Yaw

I am a Christ Lover

Chris Yaw

I know, I'm kind of messy - but here goes... I’m an Episcopal priest serving a congregation in Metro Detroit... With a passion for gun safety... A zest for online Christian formation... A zeal for video blogging... A constant writer... A heart for those who have unintentionally harmed... A commitment to workforce housing... A love for marrying people... And an amazing wife, three kiddos and a cat named Sparrow... If you have interests in any of these areas I'd love to connect with you.


Contact Details

  • St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan, 48076, USA

  • +011 248-557-5430


St. David's

I have served as rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Southfield, MI for 16 years, join us Sundays in person or via zoom.

Trinity Gun Disposal

Working on the issue of unwanted gun disposal, we've made some real progress in helping rid the U.S. of unwanted firearms.


Since 2013 we have been helping people learn more about faith through our online learning courses at ChurchNext.

Oakland Housing

Helping middle income families get better housing is a challenge that Oakland Housing has been addressing for 75 years.

Hyacinth Fellowship

Because hurting others hurts us, the Hyacinth Fellowship organizes support groups and reminds us that we are not our worst mistakes.

Yaw Wedding

I have been officiating weddings for more than 20 years and continue to find joy in helping couples build lifelong relationships.

U.S. Guns Produced Today
Americans Accidentally Killed Today
Homeless Americans
Weddings Performed
  • Why Aurora?

    Why Aurora?

    The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado is yet another one of those unspeakable acts to which, as a friend of mine likes to say, we must absolutely speak - especially people of faith who believe that a sense of order and purpose somehow exists even when life is a its most capricious.

    Faith helps people make sense of senseless things not by taking yet another stab at ageless (and impossible) questions like, 'Why do bad things happen to good people?' but by suggesting that no matter how random, brutal, and morally reprehensible any activity upon this earth might be, there remains a force for good of substantial size and weight.

    We see this force at work in those who surround the grieving, medical and emergency staff who respond not simply because they're paid but because that is their vocation, and in that sense of grief, horror and compassion that grips us all.

    Because we're human, we ask 'why?' Because we're human, we'll never know why.

    The horrors in Aurora may move America toward more effective gun control laws and greater security measures in public places, however our most helpful move may come in the ways we more deeply understand the fragility of human life and how it moves us toward acts of compassion. This is that force for good that Christians stubbornly insist, wins out. It's what causes us to hug our kids a little tighter and lobby harder for social change.

    Yes, we are a fearful people living in a fearful age. We are deeply troubled by the tragedy of it all. But our faith calls us not to nihilism and hopelessness, but to the only action we know how to take: comforting and mourning alongside those who suffer most. Finding Jesus in acts of such devastating horror played out in Aurora last week may be nearly impossible, but finding Him in the aftermath is not.
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430