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
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  • I Love You!

    I Love You!


    I love you!

    These are the three most important and underused words in the English language.

    They are God's most generously lavished upon words to us, and our most guarded words to others.

    And when we think about it, we realize that it's because we never really think about it.

    It's a holiday week! We have time to contemplate gifts and giftgivers. Let's also think about not only the people we love, but telling them that we love them.

    We noticed that God is not stingy with love, So we don't need to be either!

    When you tell someone you love them, don't be surprised if they reciprocate!

    Go tell it from the mountain means being that instigator and initiator, that self-starter, that entrepreneur, that go-getter! This is one of the best gifts of Christmas!

    I love you!

  • Doing Good Is Good for You

    Doing Good Is Good for You


    How happy you are when you put your head to the pillow at night, is often determined by how good to others you were throughout the day.

    Our day is filled with temptations to fulfill personal ambitions, acquire possessions, power, popularity - and pushing those things aside to make room for caring and connecting with others is the challenge we all face.

    At your core is unconditional love.

    The more deeply you connect with that, the more deeply you connect with others, they're concerns, their worries, their problems, so that shouldering the burden with the overburdened becomes something we are not only equipped to do, but something that offers great reward.

    Helping others will help you!
    It's a secret of a happy life
    It's the secret of Christmas.

    Doing good to others is good for you.

  • If You're Not Happy Now...

    If You're Not Happy Now...


    What is imperfect in your life?

    Relationships? Finances? The direction of our country? Or the injustice of guns donated at a buyback that don't get destroyed but get recycled?

    In what may be the most preposterous sounding advice in the Bible, Saint Paul says our posture ought to be to rejoice.

    Not to rejoice for all things, but to rejoice in all things.

    In other words, if you're not happy now, when are you going to be happy?

    The upcoming third Sunday of Advent, when we light one more candle on the wreath, reminds us that the light is coming, hope is with us, no matter what it is we are facing, we don't face it alone, but we face it with one who promises our final destiny is not despair.

    Imperfection surrounds us and finding a way to be happy in the midst, is our challenge and our possibility.
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430