The Rev. Joseph C. Alsay
The Rev. Joseph C. Alsay has served as Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury since July 4th 2010. Fr. Joe possess an uncommon devotion for evangelism, liturgical renewal, interfaith dialogue and the role that the Church plays in promoting honest dialogue about ethnicity and culture.
He received his B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University and his M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. On January 15, 2011 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - he was “received” as a priest into the Episcopal Church, after previously being ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on August 6, 2005. The ordination of Fr. Joseph bought to fulfillment the dream of the “Called to Common Mission” between the Lutheran (ELCA) and Episcopal Churches.
Married to the former Cecelia K. Gray of Philadelphia since August 6, 2005, the couple have four children: Corinthia Gray (step-daughter), Zoe, and Zipporah and Caleb. They reside in Edmond, OK.
What made you decide to get involved in ministry work? “I’ve known since I was seven years old that I wanted to be a servant-leader of God. I have always felt that I was my truest self, and who God called me to be when I was helping people to come into a relation with Jesus. To witness to a real-life change is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Those times of transformation in people’s lives certainly resonate in a most impactful way for me.”
What inspires you? “The uniquely individual stories that each person can share. Everyone has a story, and I love having the opportunity to ‘break bread’ with people to hear how their stories have shaped their lives and those around them. They inspire me to see how God can achieve the ‘extraordinary’ through ‘ordinary people’ doing ‘ordinary thing.’ And remind me that we are all members of the Family of God, Sacred Siblings, and Beloved Children of God with gifts to share with the wider world. Though those gifts we can help, enrich, transform and bless others, thus making this world a little more like the Kingdom of God. So -- tell me your story!”
What do you love about SAC? “I love the fact that we are a community of faith that is daring in its values, honors and encourages diversity in all form and encourages all to see the Divine at work around us. I believe that can be seen in the wide range of beliefs, theological perspectives, political ideologies, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, social makeup, sexual orientations and various musical and liturgical tastes.”