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
  • First Impressions

    First Impressions

    When my friend drove to the parcel delivery depot to pick up his much-anticipated order of 11 goslings, he should have left his phone at home.

    Soon after he safely buckled that box of goslings into his passenger seat, his phone rang, and he talked with a good friend the entire 20-minute ride home.

    While he thought he was simply engaging in light-hearted banter with his old buddy, to the goslings, something much more significant was happening, as, word by word, my friend's voice became imprinted on those very impressionable young minds.

    This was discovered soon after, when these goslings began following my friend all over his yard. And today, years later, even though they have heard hundreds of voices in the interim, when they hear his voice, they start squawking and talking back to him.

    And just as my friend's voice is imprinted upon their souls, so is God's voice imprinted upon ours.

    We see it in action as people put handmade posters of encouragement in their front windows, chalk drawings on their sidewalks, and donate to charity when their own financial stability is shaky.

    We know God's voice, and it's a voice of mission. 

    God is on a mission to restore humanity to a place of peace and wholeness. And you and I are called to be part of that mission, regardless of plague, pestilence, war, or any other kind of instability.

    And listening for that voice is our challenge. 

    While you and I are surrounded by competing voices that speak danger, worry, and self-interest, we are called to put those aside and listen deeply for God's words, impressed so deeply on our souls. 

    And God’s voice says; we are doing better than we think, we are touching more people than we know, we are not alone no matter where we are, and that things will ultimately turn out OK.

    The Christian journey is: our constant effort to return to that which is deepest within us: God’s imprint of shalom.

    May we follow that voice because we know it.
  • He's Squeezing Your Hand

    He's Squeezing Your Hand

    A grandmother I know loves to go on walks with her 7 year old grand-daughter.

    When they set out, they have a ritual of holding hands.
    In those first few moments, my friend will take her granddaughter’s hand and squeeze it three times.
    It’s their little code - and it means ‘I love you.’

    Then, Covid-19 arrived - and the lockdown.
    And the 7-year-old, unable to be with her grandmother, lamented during a video call, 
    ‘Grandma, I miss you so much - I want to feel you squeeze my hand three times!’

    ‘Ah!’ said her grandmother - 
    ‘And I want to take your hand in mine just as badly.
    ‘Of course, we can’t right now because we are wisely separated from one another.
    ‘But don’t you worry, we will be reunited soon - 
    ‘And I will squeeze your hand over and over again.'

    Then the Grandmother added:
    ‘Until then, please know that I am always thinking about you and praying for you.
    ’So please remember: You don’t need to feel my love to have my love.’

    This Sunday you and I will hear a famous Bible story about two men who, after Jesus’ resurrection, were walking along a road when the Risen Christ joined them.
    But they were unable to recognize him, even though they walked with him, talked with him, and had dinner with him: they didn’t know Jesus was with them.

    As you and I go into ‘day whatever’ of this seemingly endless lockdown - we may also start to feel like God is distant or absent as well.
    But the challenge of faith is that we don’t need to feel God’s presence to have God’s presence.

    So you and I wisely endeavor to act as if Christ were here - no only assuring us of his provision, but inviting us to get on with the work - and to be brave and even bold about moving outside ourselves to tend to the frightened, the afflicted, and the vulnerable - it’s as if Christ were saying, ‘I’ve got your back, all will be well - now here are some things to do...'

    Let us have faith and get on with the work - for Christ is here.
  • What We Need to Get Through This

    What We Need to Get Through This

    Did you hear about Danny Meyer?

    He's head of a company called the Union Square Group. He was just forced to lay off 80% of his employees. So he started an employee assistance fund then donated his entire salary to it.

    Then there's my friend Angelica Lopez, a financial planner. She just came out with a book on gaining control of your finances. She was going to sell it. But now she's giving it away.

    Then there's my friend Ginny Baldwin. She took the time to send me these 6 tips on surviving quarantine:

    These friends remind us that what we need to get through this is generosity, kindness, connection, selflessness, and faith to believe we will make it.

    This weekend we mark Palm Sunday and the death of a man who stood for all those things. We will hear the story of Jesus from arrest to trial to crucifixion.

    This means that at the height of this pandemic, you and I will descend, with Jesus, into the depths of hades.

    But let us go like Danny, Maria, and Ginny, confident that while we may be facing hell, we are only just visiting. 

    God is near. 
    Together we will make it. 
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