The Rev. T.J. Freeman, Associate Rector
The Reverend T.J. Freeman is Calvary Episcopal Church’s Associate Rector. He was born in Oxford, Indiana, where he lived until attending college at Hanover College in Madison, Indiana. He graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in History. He met his wife, Annie, at Hanover. After college, T.J. was a counselor for the Ulster Project, an international peace project geared towards ending "The Troubles” that have been plaguing Northern Ireland for decades. It was during this summer that he first recognized that God was calling him to the priesthood.
In response to this call he spent the next five and a half years in the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout. T.J. spent 25 months in combat; he was a Reconnaissance Team Leader in Baghdad, Iraq and served as the Operations Sergeant for his unit in the mountains of Afghanistan. During his time in the military, T.J.’s sense of call to the priesthood continued to grow. In September of 2009, he began the ordination process through the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. He was ordained a Deacon March 8, 2014, graduated from Seminary of the Southwest with his Masters in Divinity on May 13th, and was ordained a priest on the 29th of August.
During the summer of 2013, T.J. made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. He began in Saint Jean Pied-de-Port, France and arrived in Santiago de Compostela thirty days later. From Santiago he continued to the coastal cities of Finisterre and Muxía before walking back to Santiago.
T.J. has been active in the national church as a member of the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. He currently serves on the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and the board of Sheldon Calvary Camp.
T.J. and Annie have two children, Ellie and Jack, and a cat named Hermione. They are enjoying getting to know Pittsburgh and her various neighborhoods. In his free time Father Freeman can be found watching baseball (Go Cubs! Sorry!), soccer (football), especially Manchester United, or basketball. He also enjoys the outdoors, particularly backpacking, day hiking, and fly-fishing.
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