I am a firm believer in what Paul calls the "gifts of the spirit." We are all given gifts from God with which we are called to ministry in the world. The challenge for us is to discern these gifts, then find ways to apply them in service to others. As a person called to ordained ministry later in life, I had a long career in the insurance industry which provided me with a set of skills in that area. These skills, combined with my experience in parish and diocesan life, could benefit the CPG and give me an outlet to utilize these gifts of the spirit.