The Rev. Bradley Callaway Dyche was installed as rector of St. Luke’s, Stephenville, on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, by Bishop Scott Mayer. The Rev. David Krause, Interim Rector of St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in Temple, was the preacher. He was the Canterbury Chaplain at Texas Tech University where Dyche began to discern a call to ordained ministry.
Watch a short video of the evening, on YouTube or below.
Dyche was elected rector of St. Luke’s in early 2018 and officially began his role on Easter Day. He originally hails from Enid, Oklahoma, and his family’s wheat and cattle farm is near there. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He has a Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He was a senior in seminary on 9/11 and actively worked at Ground Zero as a chaplain. He then served in the Diocese of New York for 16 years, his last call serving as rector at St. Augustine’s Church, Croton on Hudson, NY. Through all his work, he has been inspired by the vision of former Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning, who declared that in this Church, “There will be no outcasts.”
Dyche is father to Sheridan and husband to Frank De Jesus. He enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, gardening and reading. He finds purpose in working with youth, in campus ministry, in education, and through pastoral care. He also has great theological interest in the works of Rene Girard concerning Mimetic Anthropology. He has served as president of Theology and Peace, a group dedicated to this theological work and asking how and why humans scapegoat others and how Jesus models another way for us to be human.
There was a reception following the worship service. Parishioners had brought silver items from home for the flowers, which were generously arranged throughout the parish hall. A harpist played during the reception. The photos in the slideshow below were taken by Flight Reach Studios of Stephenville.
The occasion was made even more special for Dyche because of the presence of Krause, the preacher, who was the Canterbury chaplain with whom he first began to discern a call to ordained ministry, and Bishop Sam Hulsey, who confirmed him.