Michael Kovach – Senior Warden
I am a true Midwest transplant, having grown up in the mountains of central Pennsylvania in a large Catholic family. I attended Catholic middle and high school and for many years had the Bishop of my home diocese convinced that I was on a path to the priesthood. In the end, I discerned a different vocation and became passionate about crop genetics. My faith has always been a core part of my life—I was always an active parishioner, whether it was working at our Lenten fish fry, selling cards at Bingo, setting up our Summer Festival, or just decorating the church for Christmas and Easter (not to mention some brilliant Altar Boy skills). Through college and graduate school, I remained active in the faith communities at my schools, although I began to feel like something was missing. About 7 years ago, Patrick and I were drawn to the Episcopal Church’s message of openness: “No matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here!”. The St. Martin’s parishioners have been warm, friendly, and just quirky enough to solidify St. Martin’s as our spiritual home base. As a church community, St. Martin’s is now moving beyond a period of tumult and change, and we have the unique opportunity to reaffirm our core identity: who are we and who do we want to become? We have spent a lot of time in the past few years with our energy focused inward. Now with Mother Leslie capably at the helm, I would challenge us all to shift our focus outward—engaging more with our community, building a culture that consistently welcomes those from outside our parish family, and truly being a beacon of Christ’s love in West County.