Better Know a Parishioner: John Wallingford

Your name and what you do in Spokane (whether that be work or volunteer or hobbies or activities or…)

Hi, I’m John Wallingford. I am a nutrition scientist and an independent consultant on the regulation of specialty special dietary uses, like infant formula, human milk preparations, and medical foods.  My clients are mainly back East; but four years ago finally found a way to make a living in Spokane!

What is your history at St. John’s Cathedral, and the Episcopal Church at large?

My early time with the Cathedral was through confirmation.  I re-engaged church life when we started our family some 15 years later and have been involved in many roles since, including Junior Warden at St Johns Norwood (Bethesda, MD) and Rector’s Warden at Church of the Redeemer (Bryn Mawr, PA).  I taught church school, headed ushers, worked on stewardship, volunteered for outreach programs like Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise.  I’m on the Board of the Diocesan Foundation, and was recently elected to Chapter, now serving as Senior Warden.  I have grown in my commitment to the Episcopal church because of its openness to different theological ways of understanding of God, for its its acceptance of science as a manner of understanding truth, and its intentionality to live with opposing points of view in mind.

What ministries at St. John’s are you most passionate about? If none at St. John’s, what ministries in Spokane are you most passionate about?

St Johns is itself a ministry to Spokane, but I don’t think most folks in Spokane know much about the Episcopal Church, so my passion is to increase awareness of our faith community though-out the city, and to become recognized for our tolerance and advocacy of the middle way, via media.  I think non-church affiliated persons would enjoy joining a community committed to civility and justice; and that fundamentalists who find dogmatic churches not answering their needs to find a faith home at the Cathedral that lets them explore theology without judgment.

What is one thing you’d like to know more about at St. John’s?

I look forward to getting to know the persons in this congregation better and hearing their stories.  There is so much caring and good will here.  It’s a great place to practice Christianity.

What is one thing you’d like St. John’s to know more about you?

I live daily with a foot in the world of science and a foot in the world of faith.  I think the Episcopal church embraces human achievements and human failings in equal measure.  In the catechism is says that when Jesus ascended into heaven, he took our human nature into heaven.  That’s a wonderful meditation, evolutionary for both humanity and God.  It helps me see the coherence of science and faith, with hope for our exponentially changing world.

Any other thoughts/comments?

Favorite Bible verses: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt 6:33). He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah, 6:8)

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