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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  • Your End Is Your Beginning

    Your End Is Your Beginning

     Are you scared and anxious over something that's ending? Are you leaving job? Relationship? Familiar home or city? Don't think for a minute that this end doesn't also mark a new beginning! And because you go with God, it may be your best beginning yet!#God #Jesus #newbeginnings #churchtok

    Are you feeling scared and anxious because something's ending - a career, relationship, a lifetime in a hometown, or decades of school - don't think for a minute that God isn't at the center of it.

    You know your ending is also a beginning - one that God has promised you will never face alone.

    Don't forget God's faithfulness to you in the past,
    Don't forget God's presence with you right now, you can feel it in your heart,
    And don't forget God's promises of provision and presence that await your future.

    This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent -
    It's when Christians remind one another that when the old passes away and the new comes, it's something to welcome not dread!

    Of course, embracing your future suggests letting go of the past! But because you never face a new day alone, take heart, God's with you, to hold, guide, and protect - not just when the old winds down, but when the New, starts up!
  • Changes and Chances

    Changes and Chances


    Years ago when my buddies and I were looking into parachuting for the first time...

    we discovered that if you want to leap out of a plane at 10,000 feet you have to be strapped to a the front of somebody whose done it many times before.

    Apparently the high emotion and sheer newness of the experience can blind rookies so they freeze, like deer in the headlights, so the person you're strapped to can be trusted to pull the rip cord.

    When we heard that, we signed right up!

    What risk would you take if you knew that someone had your back?

    Jesus once told the story that we'll hear about this Sunday - about three people who were given gifts to invest. One of the three was so scared he wouldn't do it: he didn't realize that someone had his back.

    You and I are here to do something new! 
    Quit taking the safe route. 
    Put yourself out there! 
    Take the risk! 
    Step out in faith, God has your back!
  • Trim Your Lamps!

    Trim Your Lamps!


    What if you had to run a marathon tomorrow?

    Better dust off the running shoes!
    Better quit the Snickers bars for breakfast!

    Yes, if you're like me, a few things would have to change!

    So what if Jesus came tomorrow? Are there things we should not be doing now? Are there things we should be doing?

    We know we have certain habits and influences that we allow in our lives that are probably not bringing us any closer to heaven. What's keeping us from facing and changing these things?

    In parables and stories, Jesus asks us, are we living the kind of life today that prepares us well for tomorrow? What are the habits, practices, and day to day things we're doing that would make us proud to meet our maker?

    We have the strength of God inside of us! You can make that change, you can live into your best self,  and live that life that prepares you very well for our inevitable victory lap!
  • Living Saints!

    Living Saints!


    Welcome to the bittersweet start of November, All saints Day!

    This is when we honor the saints who have gone before us, it's kind of sad, but then we open our eyes to the saints who live among us.

    Which includes you and me.

    It's because saint hood is not a status we've earned, but an identity we adopt.

    You did nothing to become a saint, God did everything in calling you a saint.

    So if you are like me you want to pay it back, pay it forward!

    How do we do that?
    We live in to God's spark inside. Each of us, acting with compassion, forgiveness, generosity, and love! 
    Trade the forgiveness for the vengeance,
    The kindness for the belligerence,
    And remember those good people in your life who showed you how to do that.
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430