Episode 9

Published on:

31st Aug 2023

Spiritual Formation and the Future of Ministry | Ep. #9

Get to know the hosts! In this episode, the Rev. Nathan Stomberg and the Rev. Mark Galloway share their personal backgrounds and how they came to faith in Jesus Christ. They also discuss how Christian life and ministry has changed over the last 50 years, and what the future looks like for the next generation of pastors.



00:00 – Intro

02:00 – Growing up in 1960’s Exeter

05:00 – Trailer homes and one-room schoolhouses

07:00 – The sociology of rural mid-century RI

11:00 – Growing up Catholic

16:10 – Growing up poor

18:15 – Mark’s childhood

24:00 – Demographic transformation of Exeter

25:00 – Mark’s spiritual formation

26:40 – Mark’s high school experience

32:00 – An existential crisis

35:00 – Joining the Anglican tradition

36:00 – What drove Mark to go into ministry

40:30 – Starting out as an Episcopal priest

43:50 – Working at different churches

45:34 – Growing up in middle-class West Greenwich

48:59 – Nathan’s spiritual formation

51:50 – Focus on academic achievement and identity

57:50 – Graduating valedictorian

58:30 – Going to WPI

59:30 – Getting into cross-country and track

01:04:00 – Spiritual maturation and the Rite of Confirmation

01:07:00 – Christian Bible Fellowship at WPI

01:10:00 – Nathan’s denominational journey to Anglicanism

01:12:00 – Planting Holy Communion and getting ordained

01:15:00 – Preparing for ordained ministry without seminary

01:17:55 – Future reality of church ministry

01:19:58 – The paradox of ordained ministry

01:23:00 – Christians need to be more joyful

01:24:50 – The wonder of God’s providence

01:27:00 – The future of Christian ministry

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Living and defending a Christian worldview
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Do you want to better live out your faith in God? Here we discuss tough questions about faithfully living and defending a Christian worldview by leaning on the collective wisdom of the Universal Church throughout the ages.

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About your host

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The Rev. Nathan Stomberg

The Rev. Nathan Stomberg is the Rector and President of Holy Communion Anglican Church in East Greenwich, RI. Nathan is a loving husband to his wife, holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, works full-time as a Project Manager, is an avid distance runner, and enjoys writing about current events through the lens of a Christian worldview.