A Little Bit About Me

To go straight to my latest thoughts, click on this link. If you want to learn more about me… read on!

Well, here you are, at my blog.
The fact that you’re here tells me that you want to know something about me.

Ordination to Christian Ministry, at Foothills Christian Church in Phoenix, AZ, on May 26th, 2013
Ordination to Christian Ministry, at Foothills Christian Church in Phoenix, AZ, on May 26th, 2013

My name is Jimmy Gawne. A child of the early ’80s, I have been a member of congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since I was two years old. I attended Northern Arizona University, graduating in 2009, and I worked in the hotel industry on-and-off (mostly on) from 2007 until 2014. I have been the senior pastor of Gower Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Gower, Missouri, since March of 2014.

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity Class of 2013
The Wake Forest University School of Divinity Class of 2013 at hooding, May 18th, 2013

I spent three years at the Divinity School at Wake Forest University, completing my Master’s Degree in Divinity in 2013. I am an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a chaplain in the US Navy Reserves.

Receiving my first salute from my father at the US Navy's Officer Training Command, June 15th, 2012
Receiving my first salute from my father at the US Navy’s Officer Training Command, June 15th, 2012

I was born and raised in the great state of Arizona, and lived twenty-five years of my life there; I have also lived in southern California and North Carolina. I am a third-generation US serviceman (my father and my grandfather both served before me); I was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy in August of 2011 and completed officer training in June of 2012. My parents have been married since 1980; my sister Colleen has been married since 2004 and has two sons; my sister Elisabeth has been in a committed relationship with her girlfriend since 2012.

My wife, Caitie, and me, in Goodyear, AZ, on May 27th, 2013
My wife, Caitie, and me, in Goodyear, AZ, on May 27th, 2013

I myself got married to Caitie Smith of Asheboro, NC, in May of 2014. The rest of my family lives in Phoenix; I was apparently the only one who decided it would be a good idea to depart the blazing hot desert.

From L to R: my sister's girlfriend, Lacey; my sister, Elisabeth; my father, Jim; my fiancée, Caitie; me; my nephew, Edward; my mom, Debbie; my sister, Colleen
From L to R: my sister’s girlfriend, Lacey; my sister, Elisabeth; my father, Jim; my fiancée, Caitie; me; my nephew, Edward; my mom, Debbie; my sister, Colleen, following my ordination on May 26th, 2013

My interests are wide and varied. On the one end of the spectrum, I am a classically trained pianist and baritone vocalist; on the other end, you can find me in front of a TV on any given Sunday, hoping for either Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, or Jamie McMurray to drive into Victory Lane in that week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. In between, I am a connoisseur of craft beer and good coffee; I am an avid amateur photographer; I am an adventurous and (I think) excellent baker (visit So Good It’s Gawne to see for yourself); I am a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Phoenix Coyotes; and I am a gigantic nerd, with interests ranging from Star Trek to the vast universes of Marvel and DC Comics. Perhaps one of my very favorite interests is camp counseling – since 1994, I have been at church camp in some form every summer except 2001 and 2002; since 2003, I have been a camp counselor for Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences of Southern California, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arizona, Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, NY, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana.

The staff of Chi-Rho Camp for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arizona, June 2nd, 2013
The staff of Chi-Rho Camp for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arizona, June 2nd, 2013

I would welcome you to browse back through my blog, bearing in mind that my mindset has changed greatly over the years since I began this blog and that I have – in my mind – matured quite a bit (you can see that in the fact that when this blog began I may have thrown about salty language somewhat freely and now I use it VERY rarely, if at all). If you would like to join in discussion on my many posts, that would be fantastic. Please bear in mind, I am rather opinionated and I do take multiple fairly liberal points of view throughout this blog, and while I welcome opposing viewpoints on issues, I will not tolerate complaints on my blog about what I have to say (this is, after all, MY blog), nor will I tolerate impolite posts – if you choose to discuss topics on my blog, I must ask you to be civil. Complaints and rudeness will be promptly deleted and subsequently ignored.

One final thing – if you’d like to follow my thoughts in more “real time” than this blog, I would invite you to head over to Twitter, where I can be found at @PastorJMGawne. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!

6 thoughts on “A Little Bit About Me”

  1. Hi Jimmy,

    My name is Ashton Murray and I was was just accepted to Wake Forest Divinity School. I stumbled across your blog while I was researching Wake Div. I was wondering if you might be available to chat about Wake Forest and your experiences. I’ve read a lot of your blog, and it has been really helpful.

    Thanks! Ashton (admurray@live.unc.edu)

    1. Indeed it is. Every member of every class since 2002 (the first graduating M.Div class from Wake) has received a stole. They are usually done in one or more liturgical colors (ours are reversible, gold on one side and green on the other), and are considered to be our first piece of ministerial garb as we enter the world of ministry.

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