The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has appointed the Rev. Roger Joslin as vicar of two North Fork parishes: Church of the Redeemer in Mattituck and Holy Trinity Church in Greenport.
As Vicar of Church of the Redeemer and Holy Trinity Church, Joslin will serve as a missioner for both congregations and be responsible for cultivating mission opportunities as an ambassador for North Fork Episcopal Ministries.
Bishop Provenzano said, "North Fork Episcopal Ministries will serve the needs of the ever growing --- but sometimes invisible --- population of day workers, farm workers and the families of day laborers who live, work and travel the North Fork of Long Island. The ministry of the church is to serve, support and provide for all of God's people in any given place. On the North Fork, the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island is determined to care for those most in need by deliberate inclusion and pastoral, liturgical and sacramental care. Fr. Joslin will provide the leadership and witness for this emerging ministry."
Joslin is a native Texan, receiving both a BA and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin. He did additional graduate work in International Relations at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. After working for over 20 years in the architectural woodwork business, Roger graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in 2005.
Joslin arrived in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2006 to form an Episcopal congregation in the hometown of Wal-Mart, the world's largest company. All Saints', founded on the principle that all are welcome, grew to be the fifth largest and most diverse congregation in the Diocese of Arkansas, with an average Sunday attendance of over 230.
For the past two years, Joslin has played a leadership role in the creation of a tri-faith alliance in Bentonville, aimed at building a sacred space where local Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations will worship under the same roof.
He is the author of two books: Running the Spiritual Path: A Runner's Guide to Breathing, Meditating, and Exploring the Prayerful Dimension of the Sport and
School of Love: Planting a Church Community in the Shadow of Empire. Joslin continues to run and write as dimensions of his spiritual practice.
In the summer of 2016, while on sabbatical and walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in France and Spain, Joslin was interviewed for the public radio program On Being. The interview may be found at: https://onbeing.org/blog/preparing-for-both-the-run-and-the-prayer-roger-joslin/8804/.