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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Homeless Americans
Weddings Performed
  • Where's Your Spot?

    Where's Your Spot?

    Whenever I bought a house – and I’ve purchased several over the course of my 52 years – my mother would always ask me: where’s your favorite spot? She was referring to that 6’ x 6’ space to which I most found myself returning. Sometimes it was a favorite chair next to the fireplace, a couch that overlooked the back yard, or a pile of pillows in a bay window that was perfect for an afternoon nap.

    This fall your church has one simple question and one simple challenge for you: where’s your spot? Only what we mean by this is where is your favorite 6’ x 6’ spot to spend 15 minutes a day with God?

    What are we going to do for 15 minutes? Read the Bible. Read the Prayer Book. Sit in silent meditation. You be the judge. But we all suspect that the one, and perhaps, only investment that we can make that can have a consistently positive impact on our lives is spending time with God – intentionally stepping out of the daily grind, and studying about and listening to God.  We know this makes us better people, our families better families, and our congregation a better congregation.

    Where’s your spot? How are you going to carve out time to get there for 15 minutes a day? What are you going to do for that 15 minutes? We will have suggestions throughout the fall as we move into our series, ‘Back to the Prayer Book’ in which we will be studying various aspects of the Prayer Book that can help us draw closer to God.

    So, where’s your spot?
  • What Are We Holding Onto?

    What Are We Holding Onto?

    On my running route there’s a tree that’s a bit younger than the fence that runs next to it. Over time, the tree has actually grown into the fence. I imagine it started with the tree leaning on the fence. And over time the tree started to become part of the fence so that today they’re hopelessly intertwined.

    The things we lean on often become a part of us.

    This is good and not so good. The occasional drink becomes a drinking problem. The scandal-talking friend we occasionally chat with can turn us into gossips. Undue rumination over an untruth – like we’re unworthy, insignificant, and unforgiven, can turn us into scared and scarred people.

    Sunday’s Collect takes us in a different direction by challenging us to lean on, and hold onto those things that are heavenly: ‘Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly to hold fast to those things that shall endure’
    Can we hold onto the words of heaven that tell us: Don’t worry. It’ll be OK. It’s under control. Relax. Holding onto these truths eventually becomes a part of us and makes us more into the people we are called – and want – to be.

    What are you holding onto? What do you need to let go of?  May God grant us the strength to hold on and let go of the right things.
  • Jesus and Karma

    Jesus and Karma

    When I was a kid we called it, ‘what goes around, comes around.’  These days they call it ‘Karma’ – the idea that your kindness or unkindness will find a way back to you. But a far more ancient idea is that which Jesus put forward when he said, ‘Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’

    Sure, it sounds rather cryptic – like a lot of stuff he talked about – but the idea is the same: those things that we bind up here on earth – like anger, unforgiveness, suffering, discrimination, injustice, and sickness – those will be bound, powerless, even absent in our eternities.

    On the flip side, those things we let loose here on earth, like love, compassion, peacefulness, kindness, forgiveness, joy, patience, and goodness – those will populate our eternities and we will enjoy them forever.

    Friends, this is our one shot at falling in love with doing good - serving people, creating value, solving problems, building important relationships, and doing work that really matters.

    If heaven is what you make it, then let’s make it one worth going to.
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430