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
  • Candy Store Blues

    Candy Store Blues


    A friend at church once gave my 4-year-old a $5 bill and said, "Go get you, your brother, and sister some candy!"

    When we got to the store and everyone had picked out their candy and the clerk asked for the money, the 4-year-old refused to part with it!

    "This is my money!" He said, "And I don't want to share it!"

    When Jesus began his ministry, as we will see on Sunday, he was immediately confronted by religious people who acted the same way! Indeed, this reticence to understand Jesus and his reformational work with Israel was what would get him killed.

    What's this mean to us?

    You and I have been generously bequeathed with health, intelligence, ambition, opportunity - and turned it into much more than $5!

    Don't be like a 4-year-old!
    Share the gift!

    What are the gifts you have been given that God is asking you to share?
    It's our work, our purpose, and ultimately, our contentment.
  • God Will Provide

    God Will Provide


    3 guys are sitting next to each other at the bar.

    The first one says, 'Give me a shot of your finest whiskey, I'm so worried about which geriatric presidential candidate is going to drive our country to ruin!

    The second one says, 'Give me a shot of your finest whiskey, I've raised my son wrong, he's estranged, and I need to forget about all those things I did to cause it.'

    The third one says, 'Give me a shot of your finest whiskey because I want to savor the taste of my favorite drink - and enjoy this very moment.

    So much of what we do now is ruined by worry about the future - and regret over the past!

    Living in the moment, being centered in the present, savoring the 'now,' How are you doing with that?

    The same God who provided manna in the wilderness, that was only good for one day, is still teaching you and me to put the future and the past into perspective - and to remind us to relax, God will provide.

  • Bless Them!

    Bless Them!


    Years ago a dear family in my church left.

    I had done a lot for them over the years, they were very involved with the church, generous with their time and money.

    But when they left, I made a big mistake: I took it personally. I was angry, lost sleep, questioned my ability as a pastor.

    What I should have done was let it go, give it to God, and understand that they had their own journey with Jesus, who was clearly calling them elsewhere.

    This Sunday's gospel tells us I needed to forgive them for any perceived offense, although there was probably none, and bless them on their journey - celebrating their contributions and wishing them well

    When somebody hurts you, one of the worst things you can be do is to hold it against them!

    Who do you need to forgive?
    What is God telling you to let go of?

    Three guy are sitting around a table at a the bar, one says I'm so relieved, I finally paid off my car loans!
    The second guy says I'm so relieved I finally paid off my school loans!
    Is there any paid off my mortgage!

    So the first guy says I propose a toast,
    We all stand up,
    And one of the guys says, "now we can all concentrate on the biggest debt of all!"

    They laughed and drank because they knew that now they could be serious about the one debt we all carry and is the most satisfying to pay off - the debt of Love.

    On Sunday we will hear St. Paul invite us to ‘owe nothing to anyone, except the debt of love.'

    Freely each one of us have been given council, guidance, protection, comfort, peace, joy, and an ability to be hopeful about the world, All things that God has freely given us, and ask us to pass on to others.

    Today, pay it back, by passing it on! 
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430