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The new Deacon in Charge of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation comes originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, to New York, New York, to West Point.
Deacon John Kellogg and his wife Tait, feel almost that they have come full circle back home. He is from Shreveport, La., and she comes from Pensacola, Fla. They met while attending The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, in New York, N.Y.
Kellogg will obtain entrance to the Priesthood this fall and will formally become the priest of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. He is fully able to conduct Sunday services at this time, but not marriages, funerals or communion until he becomes the Rector in the fall. He is looking forward to being able to fully function as Priest for his parishioners soon.
â€śI went to seminary, but I have a feeling that the people here have so much more to teach me,â€ť said Kellogg. â€śI want to take care of them and walk with them. Everyone I have met so far has been so kind and welcoming, West Point seems like a great place to live.â€ť
While deciding whether or not the life of a priest was what Kellogg wanted, he lived in Jackson, working as a building contractor for Habitat for Humanity. He learned many things there, such as home construction. Kellogg took up residence in the same neighborhoods as the homes he was helping build.
â€śI lived among the truly poor. I saw how little hope these people had for the future, whether it was for themselves or their children. People who felt they had nothing to offer and were desperate for the basic necessities that most people simply take for granted,â€ť explained Kellogg. â€śIt was a miserable but eye opening time in my life.â€ť
Kellogg believes the job of a bishop or a priest isn't to preach an ultimate doctrine, but to walk a faith journey together with his parishioners. To learn from different people where scripture, life and faith join together. Everyone has questions, so we need to look for answers together. Kellogg wants to learn from others while also teaching them. None of us are perfect, but everyone brings their individuality, talents and knowledge with them to share. We may not always find the answers we are looking for, but we may find God.