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.

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  • Here's a Story...

    Here's a Story...

    Let me tell you a story about my friend River.

    River was very popular. He was beautiful to behold. People came from far and wide to fish in his waters, ride kayaks down his rapids, and have picnics by his grassy shores. ‘Wow, I’m really wonderful,’ said River. And he was. But River didn’t realize that what made him so wonderful were the pristine headwaters that came together way upstream to make him what he was.

    Then one day, engineers decided to build a dam at River’s headwaters so that power could be generated for the nearby towns. Very soon, River’s churning waters turned into a slow trickle. Parts of River broke off and turned into little ponds that grew stagnant and smelly.  No one came to visit River anymore. And even though River tried as hard as he could, he could not make his waters churn. River was utterly distressed. He was disconnected from the headwaters and remained stagnant and smelly.

    You and I are like River: it is our connection to our source that makes us so wonderful. We know, the beauty, intelligence, prosperity, and health we enjoy doesn’t ultimately come from us, but from elsewhere. But like River, when we lose sight of this we too become distressed. 

    Our challenge then, is to pay close attention to that connection lest we become like those we will encounter in this Sunday’s Gospel (John 9:1-41). So we ask ourselves: How are we tending to that connection? In what ways do we lose sight of our utter dependence on our Source? If the best thing about us is God, how are we living into that in ways that we, and others, might actually notice?
    Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
    Sentness - Hammond and Cronshaw
    The Living Reminder - Henri Nouwen
  • Four Strikes and You’re Out?

    Four Strikes and You’re Out?

    You would think that would be the case when Jesus goes to a well and runs into a 1) Samaritan, who’s a 2) woman, who’s a 3) loose woman, and who’s also a 4) ostracized woman. Four strikes and you’re out?  Most people would push her aside and walk right past her as she’d so obviously been ridden hard and put away wet.

    But not Jesus.

    Jesus stops to talk with her.
    Jesus gives her the time of day.
    Jesus cares about her.

    Jesus came to show this woman love. And in doing this with a no-name tramp he shows each of us that he intends to do the same.

    The metaphor here is ‘living water’ – the translation is ‘love.’

    Jesus says drink from that water.
    Fill up on that water.
    Take that water into yourself so deeply that it comes right back out.

    It is God’s love that is no better demonstrated than by his care and regard for people for which no one else has any regard. It is the one thing that can fill us up and keep us. Our Lenten challenge is to drink from that water, go to the well, ingest what’s there, and let the world benefit from it.

    What does ‘going to the well’ look like for you? How do you ‘drink’ of this living water?  Do we really think that, if God can give it to a woman like this, it’s also available to you and me?

    The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
    Sentess – Hammond and Cronshaw

    The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
  • The Best Thing About Religion Is God

    The Best Thing About Religion Is God

    While this may be a no-brainer it is also the most forgotten axiom in the Christian church.

    I must confess, to no surprise of most, that I live much of my life as a functional atheist – trusting in my own gifts and skills and only really reaching out for God when I have a problem or need help. Sure, I go to church and offer thanks and praise, but going through the motions of my spiritual life is a bigger part of my life than I like to admit.

    This Sunday you and I will hear about a wise Jewish leader named Nicodemus whose religion had become such a big part of his life that he was in danger of leaving God out of the picture.

    Thankfully he reached out to Jesus and was reawakened to the reality of God.

    And this is our Lenten challenge as well: to renew our relationship not with the church or religion, but with God. How can we draw closer to God during this holy season? After all, this is the most attractive part, not only of our faith, but of ourselves. Sure, we may be handsome, witty, well-liked, and well off, but we all know deep down that the most attractive part of us is the Jesus inside of us. What do we need to do to make that a bigger part of us?
  • Join Us in the Desert

    Join Us in the Desert

    Jesus never went to seminary.
    Jesus never did a church internship.
    Jesus never took a General Ordination Exam.

    Jesus went into the desert.

    Immediately following his baptism, Jesus willingly embraced adversity, went off into a secluded place, and wrestled with his demons.

    Then, after 40 days, he emerged, trained and equipped for the work ahead of him.

    Ever thought that God wants us to do the same thing – because doing so, like Jesus, can shape us into the kind of people we’re meant to be - to do the work we're meant to do?

    Lent is the Church’s invitation for us to willingly embrace our adversity, seek a secluded place, and wrestle with our demons - and bask in its ability to change our lives.

    Come with us, into the desert.
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