Raised in Baltimore and New York City, Tim graduated from Tufts University, with a BA in Political Science in 1991, where he was also enrolled in Army ROTC. Trained as a tank platoon leader and paratrooper, Tim served in the Army Reserve while working as a political campaign manager for candidates on the federal, state, and local levels. He received a Master of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, in 2000, where he served as student body president and won the prize for best student preacher.
Tim has served as rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, MA, on Boston’s South Shore, since 2009. A parish priest for 22 years, he has also served as rector of All Saints’ in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and as curate at Old St. Paul’s in Baltimore, MD.
Tim brings to Bethesda his gifts as a preacher, writer, and digital communicator. He takes particular pride in growing vibrant and joyful worshiping communities. He is well known throughout the Episcopal Church as the creator of the wildly popular online devotion Lent Madness (think 32 saints in an NCAA-style bracket).
Tim is the author of five books full of humor and faith including, most recently, Holy Grounds: The Surprising Connection Between Coffee and Faith – From Dancing Goats to Satan’s Drink (Fortress Press). Active on social media, where you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @FatherTim, he has long used digital spaces to keep communities connected and thriving. He has been an active advocate for the online /in person church, also known as “hybrid” church. To hear one of Tim’s messages regarding this worship model, follow the link below:
Hybrid Church with the Rev. Tim Schenck