“To know him is to love him. And I do.”
On March 20, 2016 The Reverend Jonathan B. Percival announced his tenure as Priest-in-Charge of St. Bede’s. As Priest-in-Charge, he has responsibility for the worship and pastoral care of the congregation; and is a consultant to the Vestry in their work of leadership. Fr. Percival brings his skills, experience and enthusiasm to St. Bede’s in this phase of congregational life.
"I was born in Afghanistan, of all places! I left at two, though, to spend my childhood mostly in France and Germany with my Foreign Service family. I was curious about God and the Church in High School, but not very active. Nor was I very active at first in college. But God was active with me I guess because by my Senior year, I wanted to be Confirmed, and I wrote my thesis on the sermons of John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s London, way back when.
I went to the General Theological Seminary in New York, after taking a year off school to drive a cab and find out a little about myself, on my own in the urban world. It was Seminary, though, that really helped me find myself and my purpose in life, my vocation, as I came not only to know more about God and the Church, but to know him.
As you know; “to know him is to love him”, and I do." Through so many years of parish ministry. mostly in New Jersey, and now four years as retired priest in residence at St. Boniface on Siesta Key, I have enjoyed the avalanche of blessings that life in His Service brings. Now I look so much forward to sharing these blessings with a wonderful crew of fellow servants, the people of St. Bede’s.