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Fr. Shaun LaDuc
Fr. Shaun was born in Pontiac, MI and has spent a good portion of his life in Oakland County, MI. His father took him and his siblings on many hikes and camping trips while they were growing up, giving him a love for the outdoors and for the great state of Michigan. He was baptized in a Missouri Synod Lutheran church at two months old and became passionate about Jesus at a baptist church in his teens. He studied music and philosophy at Cornerstone University, located in Grand Rapids, MI. While at Cornerstone, he was reading Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism and was radically changed by Kuyper’s vision of Christianity. Kuyper simply said that, “All of life is religion”, and therefore had a claim on everything- from the little decisions that we make all the way up to the shaping of the commonwealth. There was no room for a sacred/secular divide. Everything was to be redeemed and renewed through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
The study of philosophy led Fr. Shaun to search for a church that was a community engaged with the world, one with deeper roots in tradition, and one that was bigger than just one church in one town. Through the discovery of The Book of Common Prayer and the work of a caring priest, Fr. Shaun found a home in Anglicanism.
It took Fr. Shaun a few extra years to graduate from college and several years to wrestle with a call to the priesthood, but with the help of a few good priests, a loving church, and strong friends and family members, he entered Bexley Hall Seminary in the fall of 2009. He graduated from seminary earning an M.Div in 2012. While at the seminary he met a lovely woman named Joanna. They were married in 2015.
Fr. Shaun was ordained a deacon on the feast day of Sts. Moore and Fisher, June 2013 and a priest on Ascension Day, 2015. He collects old radios, is a bee-keeper, and is ‘working’ on an old Subaru museum.
We rely on Fr. Shaun to watch over the souls in our parish. He is the priest and the vicar of Church of the Advent. You can email Father Shaun LaDuc at [email protected] or call him at 248-933-3747.
Clinton Collister grew up in the church, quite literally. His bedroom was the bell tower of a Methodist church that his parents renovated into a home. His first encounter with Christ was in the love of his family and at The Fisherman’s Net, a charismatic church in Utica, MI. His parents sacrificed to send him to Christian schools (Lutheran and Wesleyan). As a teenager Clinton enjoyed playing sports, reading science fiction, and listening to punk rock. He attended college at Valparaiso University, where he discovered the timeless truths of literature, like those found in Dostoevsky and Hawthorne, and the beauty of liturgy and the historical church. Awakened to the presence of God in art and beauty, he moved home and pursued an MA in English Literature at Oakland University. Throughout his studies, Clinton heard many critiques of the Church, and decided to delve into Church History and the works of the Church Fathers. Amazed by the Church’s support of the good, true, and beautiful across the ages, Clinton grew determined to enter into the ancient Church. His pursuits led him to start a study of the Church Fathers with friends, commit to the traditional Anglican Church, and receive the gift of confirmation. Today, he ministers as a lay catechist in the Church of the Advent and teaches history and philosophy at a classical school, Bloomfield Christian School. At the wedding of one of his friends who had joined him in a study of the church fathers, he met his beloved wife Sarah. Together they enjoy walking about downtown Rochester, listening to the Mountain Goats, buying too many books, and worshiping in beautiful old churches across Michigan.
You can email Clinton at [email protected] or call him at 810-441-9908.