The Rev. David Hanselman
Fr Dave was born in Newark,
NY and grew up in the Finger Lakes,
graduating from Waterloo
Senior High School in
1987. He spent the next 4 years in the U.S. Army and then another 4 years
in the Army Reserve as he worked on a bachelor's degree in Philosophy.
During this time (1993), he married his wife, Sonja - a 1989 graduate of
Waterloo Senior High - and joined the Episcopal Church, being married in June
and baptized in August at St Paul's, Waterloo.
While his wife was establishing her career in law and
financial planning, David worked in landscaping. Upon his wife's transfer
to Atlanta in 1997, David began working on a
PhD in Philosophy at the University
of Georgia - Athens.
4 years later, when they were given the opportunity to move anywhere in the
country they wanted, they chose to move back to the Waterloo/ Seneca Falls area
to begin raising a family. At this time, they also found their way back
to the Episcopal Church. Their first child, Sophia was born in 2003 and
David discovered he'd rather be a stay at home dad than a philosopher.
So, he stopped working on his dissertation - a re-evaluation of mathematics
from a Hegelian perspective - and focused on being the best dad he could be.
The Spirit works its will and eventually, in early
2005, mere months before his son Noah was born, David felt the strong pull
toward ordination and began the discernment process. Thus began several
years of being thoroughly processed (much like his beloved liverwurst).
David graduated from seminary (St Bernard's School
of Theology in Rochester,
NY) in May 2010, was called to serve St
Ann's, Afton, St Paul's, Oxford
Greene in Feb 2011, ordained a transitional deacon in May 2011, and ordained a
priest in Nov 2011.
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