From Rector Christopher D. Girata:
I have the great pleasure of introducing Calvary Episcopal Church’s newest associate rector, the Rev. Paul K. McLain III. Most recently, Paul served as sub-dean and canon of Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. In addition to his time in Arkansas, Paul has had wonderful experiences serving churches around the country, including Connecticut, Kansas, and New Mexico. Although his experience has been broad, he has always considered Memphis an anchor in his life and is excited to make this his new home.
A native of Monticello, Mississippi, Paul received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi before pursuing careers in construction and community development. In his early forties, Paul began to discern a call to the ordained ministry. Reared a Southern Baptist, Paul embraced the Episcopal Church’s blend of scripture, tradition, and reason. He received a Masters in Liberal Arts in the “Great Books” program of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM before pursuing his Master of Divinity at Yale University and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. After graduating from Yale, Paul was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Kansas.
A passionate supporter of formation for all ages, Paul was immediately drawn to Calvary’s open position for spiritual growth. At Calvary, he will help guide our formation program, including children, youth, and adult ministries. Paul also will work on developing new formative experiences for our Calvary community, including retreats, pilgrimages, and other immersive spiritual experiences. He recently completed a two-year Certificate in Spiritual Direction program with Southern Methodist University-Perkins School of Theology and looks forward to being a spiritual companion to members and potential members of Calvary.
Paul’s wife of 12 years, Ruthie, also is excited to begin this new adventure at Calvary. An attorney specializing in American Indian Law and Environmental Law, Ruthie has years of experience in Memphis. She was previously director of volunteers at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and loved attending Calvary’s Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop when she lived in downtown Memphis. She also served as program director for the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce. The McLains couldn’t be more excited to join the staff of Calvary Episcopal Church and journey with each of us into the future. Please help me welcome Paul and Ruthie to our Calvary community!
Paul's first Sunday at Calvary will be September 6. The reception after the 10 a.m. worship service will be in his and Ruthie's honor.