Non-denominational Evangelical minister, Episcopal priest: One man leads two congregations in historic Catonsville church
It's 8 a.m. Sunday at St. Hilda's in Catonsville, and the priest in the pulpit wears a white robe and green chasuble to celebrate the Episcopal Mass — a formal liturgy with roots that date to the 16th century.
Two hours later, he has exchanged the alb and chasuble for a black Joe Flacco jersey to lead an evangelical service — his language now part Billy Graham, part Rodney Dangerfield.
New Hope Community Church and St. Hilda's Episcopal Church join together for Thursday night's Service of Prayer for The Feast of St. Michael & All Angels honoring police and first responders.
The Rev. Jason Poling, an evangelical pastor, is also a priest of the Diocese of Maryland.
As spring arrives in Maryland, the Episcopal faithful are testing the soil to see if a new type of church plant can take root in a diocese that has not raised up a new congregation in more than 30 years.