The Very Reverend David J.A. Halt was called to serve as the XXIII Rector of Saint James Episcopal Church of Texarkana, beginning August 1, 2020.
Fr. Dave came to us from the parish of St. Matthews, in Bloomington, Illinois, where he had served faithfully as Rector for the preceding ten years.
Fr. Dave was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised on a hog farm in Michigan. He attended a small high school where he was involved in theatre, football, wrestling, track, and forensics (debate). He is a graduate of Spring Arbor University (BA 1995), United Theological Seminary (MATS 2002), and Bexley Hall (MDIV 2003). Fr. Dave is currently a PhD Candidate with the Antiochian House of Studies.
Fr. Dave was ordained to the Priesthood on 19 June 2004 in Southern Ohio, and has served several congregations over the past 16 years. For 12 years he was a member of the Ohio Army National Guard, where he earned his spurs with the Cavalry.
He is a Rotarian and in their prior homes, has served community organizations in multiple capacities including board work and fundraising. He has served in various diocesan offices, most recently as Dean of a rural deanery, member of Council, and the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Springfield. In his spare time, he has coached football and baseball, officiated all levels of youth and high school football, and likes to read, enjoy outdoor activities, and do home improvement projects.
In 2022 he completed a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.