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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  • Have Hope

    Have Hope

    One Monday morning investor Warren Buffett opened his newspaper.

    He noticed that oil prices were falling. And, upon further analysis, concluded this decline would continue. Warren Buffet decided that this would be very good for airlines.

    So Buffet started to buy up shares in airline stocks. And later that week in an interview, shared his opinion. Because Warren Buffett is such a highly respected investor, people followed suit and by the end of the week, airline stocks had increased by 15%. People wisely concluded that if Warren Buffett invests in something, it must be worth it.

    During these 12 days of Christmas you and I ponder the Incarnation, which is a fancy word to describe God coming into the world through Jesus. And we can understand this event as God’s investment in the world – that God sees potential in humanity and where it’s all going – and wants to buy into it.

    This may run counter to what you and I see all around us - the formidable fears of terrorism, oppression, violence, and conflict. But God doesn’t see things this way. God sees this world as worthy of his time, attention, and investment. So much so that God is all in.

    How about us?

    The faith needed for 2017 is to go all in. It is to believe that God has things under control and that our best work is investing in the good being done around us. You and I are to try to hand our worries and concerns over to Jesus - and to think seriously about with whom we have conflict and what we can do about it.

    Again, God is “all in” in this world. How can we make 2017 the year we do the same?
  • Hey Joseph, God Is Up to Something

    Hey Joseph, God Is Up to Something

    I have an unmarried friend who wants to be married.

    She’s divorced, has a child, and is ready to find someone. The problem is, she hasn’t. And this weighs heavily upon her.

    Statistically, the odds are very good she’ll meet someone, fall in love, and marry again. Sure, he probably won’t be who she suspects, and it may be at a time she least expects. But this doesn’t matter because statistics aren’t doing it for her.

    Instead, she finds herself regularly lamenting her situation, the roadblock caused by her broken marriage, her hectic job, and her aging figure. She wonders if God is actually listening to her. She wonders if God sees her loneliness. She wonders if God cares and if he is going to work things out.

    My friend’s anxiety most certainly mirrors Joseph’s – the man highlighted in Sunday’s gospel who was engaged to Mary. His situation was a mess: his fiancĂ© became pregnant, he fretted about what to do, he certainly considered his reputation, and he too faced the possibility of living the rest of his life alone.

    However, Joseph held on.

    He was taught then, the very thing he teaches us today: faithfulness.

    Somehow the strong and silent Joseph (who never utters a word in the Bible) held on to that notion that God was in control. No matter how confused and complicated his situation, he held out and held on: we can thank Joseph for Christmas.

    And we can thank God that no matter how murky and muddled our situations are, God is at work as well.

    Hang on. God is in control. God is up to something.
  • Rediscovery


    The Rediscovery of Pompeii

    I spent the weekend with a guy who had no place for God.

    Alan grew up in church. He had a good experience there. But when his mother died way before her time he got mad at God and never came back.

    As we discussed the benefits of church; being part of a community focused on love, the availability of outreach activities, the regular, soul-nourishing exercises of sermon and sacrament, Alan said none of this would outweigh his sense of God’s betrayal to him.

    And I wondered if God had really betrayed Alan, or if the Church had done a poor job teaching us that our understanding of God is always different than God.

    How much easier might it be if God was the Church! But it isn’t and it isn’t supposed to be. Churches are families of children ‘on the way’ who should constantly be reminding us that we’re not to predict God, but accept God, we’re not to play God, we’re follow God, we’re not to harbor certainty about our opinions about God, but be open to God.

    On the third Sunday in Advent we brush up against John the Baptist’s confusion about this and we can’t help but come face to face with our own: in what ways do we get angry and frustrated with God – and in what ways might God not be to blame, but our understanding of God? In what ways are we being called to rethink and rediscover God? How might we open ourselves up to a wider vision of possibility in what God is up to in the world around us?
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430