A personal message from Father Brad:
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bradley Callaway Dyche. And yes, it’s pronounced “Dike”. That means, if you are wondering, I often prefer to be called simply “Brad”, “Father Brad”, or as some other Southerners call me, “Bradley C.” “Father Dyche” seems too laden with irony. I am originally from Oklahoma, which you will probably hear about in my sermons, and I have lived in the New York area for most of my adult life. But speaking of odd names and titles, I would like to explore my own title, that of "Rector." Sure, I know that it is closely related to the title “director”, but I also found this: according to the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, the word "Rector" comes from a combination of two things. First, it is derived from the Latin word for "ruler". Interesting, I must confess. And second, “rector” refers to the person, "entitled to the whole tithes of the parish." In other words, I am supposed to be the person who rules the parish and gets to spend your money? Can you see me clasping my hands and cackling? Perhaps, not!
In my vision, Church is a shared ministry in which we participate in the love of God and proceed to share it with one another and the world. We are all the ministers of the congregation of St. Augustine's. In some cases, I do get to be the “buck” where an issue “stops,” but when I do, I do so as a leader amongst leaders. This is a mutual endeavor.
I am glad that you have found St. Augustine's. For 8 years, this has been my place of employ and my spiritual home, and I invite you and yours to risk being a part of our community and following the God of Love with me and this amazing community.
Bradley C. Dyche