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
  • Wipe Outs

    Wipe Outs

    While on vacation, my daughter wiped out on her bike.

    She chose to go down a steep hill that proved a bit too steep.

    As she crawled out from beneath her bike, tears streaming down her face. she vowed never to ride her bike again. She said the stinging pain of her bloodied knees would serve as a lasting reminder of the danger of two wheeled travel.

    Within 48 hours, though, things had changed. She saw that to get any place fast, her bicycle was her best option. She saw others getting on their bikes. And she heard the empathetic and encouraging words of those around her offering similar stories of painful tumbles, then resolve to get back on the bike. Lo and behold, before long, she was once again, happily pedaling along.

    This Sunday you and I will hear the words of St. Paul as he also offers similar encouragement. Using words like ‘persevere,’ ‘enthusiasm, and ‘be patient’ - he wants believers to approach the wipe outs of our lives with similar grit and resolve.

    And so we ponder: in what ways are the adversities of our lives keeping us out of the game? A broken heart? A bad test result? A lackluster daily routine? What about boredom or apathy?

    Jesus is calling us to get up from our tumbles, to persevere, to hope, and hold out our hand to him. 
    C’mon, let’s get back on our bikes.
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430