The Rev. Daniel J. Sparks is vicar (pastor) of St. Paul’s. He came to the church in May 2015.
Prior to his move to Indiana, Mr. Sparks was an assisting priest at Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal Church in Tyler, Texas. At Good Shepherd for over three years (2011-2015), he served the last 18 months as interim head of the parochial school (K4-12).
In January 2006, Mr. Sparks entered active duty as a U.S. Army chaplain. His first assignment was with the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment (2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division) at Fort Carson, Colorado. He deployed with 3-61 CAV to Iraq in October 2006, coming home in December 2007. His next military assignment was as battalion chaplain for the 43rd Special Troops Battalion (43rd Sustainment Brigade) on the same installation.
In 2008, the 2nd Engineer Battalion was reactivated at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Mr. Sparks served with the newly-formed unit from November 2008 through December 2011. He deployed with 2 EN to Afghanistan from April 2009 to March 2010, and he separated from the military at the end of 2011.
Before his military service, Mr. Sparks worked as an assistant pastor in three Alabama parishes. He also served as a university campus ministry aide for one year.
Mr. Sparks earned the Master of Divinity degree at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. His Bachelor of Arts degree in American Political History was completed at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).
A native of Alabama, Mr. Sparks has served in ordained ministry for 14 years. He founded the Anglican Bible and Book Society and serves as its president. During much of his time in parish ministry, he has also worked in accounting, which he continues to do while pastoring St. Paul’s. He enjoys traditional folk music, reading, and hiking.