Growing up at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church was my first exposure for the rector to have an earned doctorate. That exposure came from Hunsdon Cary, who “oversaw” the beginning of the Church Mouse resale shop and whose relatives got the property boot from Jon Bruno. This has generally not been the case with the churches I have haunted since that time.
St. Michael’s Church, a charismatic Anglican church in Chattanooga, TN, is graced with the Rev. Dr. C. Bruce Hilbert as a permanent deacon. Recently Pointwise, a firm in Dallas that specialises in grid generation, featured Bruce on their blog as a user of their software, and congratulations are in order.
But that in turn brings up another point: Bruce’s doctorate is in Computational Engineering, the same as mine. For those of you who are getting nervous about stuff like this, it’s a relief. Bruce is one of those Anglican divines who gets the point in every sense of the word, because we all know what happens when church becomes pointless.