Chances are that you’ve never needed to discuss the intricacies of subsea engineering with your clergyperson. Or met a priest who can kayak with equal aplomb across the southern English coast and our own fine island. Standing at the intersection of these sets we find the new leader of Galveston’s Grace Episcopal Church, the Rev. Nick Earl.

“My call to ministry is an interesting place to start,” Earl told Our Faith. “I had been working successfully in offshore oil and gas. I would sometimes come to Galveston to mobilize offshore construction vessels and prepare the crews for specialized operations. Interestingly though, I never came to Galveston as a tourist – only ever for work.”

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