The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Ed Barton

Watch Ed's video interview.

Family at the Cathedral:
wife Tasha, and son, James, born November 2011

Member since: 1999

Originally from: Memphis, now lives in Roswell

Education: Ed graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in economics. He was the first person in his family to go to college.

Profession: Global Strategic Sourcing Director, First Data Corporation

Cathedral Activities: usher, adult acolyte, lector, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Evening Prayer leader, attends Dean’s Men’s Bible Study

On becoming involved: “You can get a lot out of the church without being very connected. But you get so much more out of it when you become involved. And part of that is just by volunteering. You find out what are the things going on in the church and ask, ‘where can I help?’”

On Evening Prayer: “Once a month I lead Evening Prayer which has been such a rewarding experience. Sometimes I’m the only one in the service. But Evening Prayer is just so beautiful and no matter what’s gone on during the day or how difficult it was to get to the Cathedral by 5:45 p.m., I’m glad that I’m here. I feel spiritually fulfilled by leading it.”

Dean’s Men’s Bible Study: “When I heard about the Bible study here I wanted to start attending. [Dean] Sam Candler, who leads it, is a great teacher with considerable knowledge; he definitely knows the Bible. But I didn’t anticipate how much I’d learn from the other people who attend the study. There are people from all walks of life and hearing their perspectives and some of the questions they ask when they read the Bible has been interesting. I’ve learned almost as much from the other class members as I have from Sam.“

Religious background:
Ed was raised a Southern Baptist but visited several of his friends’ churches as a teenager. He attended the confirmation class at the Cathedral and was confirmed in 1999. “I’m always interested to hear about people’s faith journeys. It’s one of the reasons why the Episcopal Church, and St. Philip’s in particular, was so appealing to me because there really isn’t one path. What I’ve learned from the Episcopal Church is that we don’t ever arrive at all the answers; that we’re continually seekers of God’s love, and understanding and communion with God. I don’t think we ever quite get it. Certainly we come much closer on that continuum than where we began, but the exploration is important.”