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
  • Scripts


    Once upon a time there was a boy named John. He was raised by selfish parents.

    They drove nice cars while they dressed John in last year’s fashions.

    They spent Friday nights at fancy restaurants while John ate boxed mac and cheese with a babysitter.

    They went on lush vacations while John racked up student loan debt.

    When John got older he got married. He had a son. He named him Jack

    John treated Jack like a king.

    Jack had new clothes, weekends at nice restaurants, and more than one overseas vacation.

    John changed the script.

    We can too.

    This weekend we will hear Jesus' words on flipping the script. We will hear of the permission he gives. We will also ponder the deep aversion yet seductive attraction we encounter when dare to we follow our destinies.

    Too often the script before us is one that someone else wrote. Let’s not be afraid to change it.
  • Cubbyholes


    “I just can’t stop worrying about my parents,” a friend confided in me.

    He was concerned about their declining health, where they were going to live, and how they were going to begin to divest the contents of a home they’d occupied for five decades.

    “And I’m so mad at myself for worrying so much,” he said, as if that helped matters.

    My friend gives voice to a lot of our misspent energies, which we while away on worrying.

    Jesus knew this, which is why his most frequent advice to his disciples was not to worry.

    Of course, FYI Jesus, this is much easier said than done.

    What may help though, is a cubbyhole exercise.

    Imagine taking that concern, aging parents, financial pressures, health concerns, whatever, and putting them into a cubbyhole. Imagine this is one of many cubbyholes on the wall. Then envision taking something else out of another cubbyhole. Maybe it’s a briefcase to help concentrate on work, or a teddy bear to engage more fully with children or grandchildren. Or maybe it’s a fishing pole so a little R&R can help us clear our minds.

    Tell yourself you’ve spent enough time worry about that particular concern, and now it’s time to occupy our thoughts differently. And, if it helps, promise yourself you'll return to it later. Just, not now.

    It’s important to remember that we worry about things that mean a lot to us – in other words, worry is a way we value things. And if you’re like me you’d rather be around someone who cares too much than too little.

    So let’s be easy on ourselves. Forgive ourselves. Put things in their proper place. And remember to fear not, we’re in God’s hands, all will be well.
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430