New Canon Theologian
The Rev. Jordan Hylden has been called to serve as Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, effective August 1. Fr. Hylden and his wife, the Rev. Emily Hylden, have lived for the past several years in Columbia, South Carolina, where Emily served as Canon for Young Adults at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Jordan served as Curate and Assistant for Christian Formation at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Jordan will also serve half-time as Associate Editor for The Living Church, and Emily as an associate priest at St. Augustine's Oak Cliff in Dallas.
Jordan is a doctoral candidate in theology and ethics at Duke University, presently finishing his dissertation on the Catholic philosopher Yves Simon, a student of Jacques Maritain whose pioneering work on Christian democracy was composed after fleeing France with his family in the late 1930's to teach at Notre Dame. His M.Div. is also from Duke (2010), with an A.B. in government from Harvard (2006). He is a 2014 Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow, and has recently taught courses in theology and ethics at Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary (Columbia, SC) and Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO). He has written a number of academic essays and reviews, along with writing for The Living Church, First Things, Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and other publications. Presently, he is co-editing a collection of essays on justification in the Anglican tradition with Dr. Daniel Westberg of Nashotah House. He serves on the Task Force on Marriage for the Episcopal Church, and previously served on the board of examining chaplains and the Task Force on Unity and Faithfulness for the diocese of Upper South Carolina. Jordan was ordained to the diaconate in 2012 and the priesthood in 2013.
Jordan grew up on a farm in North Dakota, and enjoys reading fiction, playing basketball, and watching more Duke sports than is good for him. He spent a summer as a seminarian at Church of the Incarnation, and despite how hot it was he couldn't help but love a state that had its own "national beer." He looks forward to serving with Bishop Sumner's extraordinary team, and is passionate about helping parishes make disciples of Jesus and pass along the great treasure of the Gospel.