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10 Questions with Jay Biedenharn, Priest Associate for Faith Development

1. What was your first job?
I made tacos and burritos at a fast food restaurant (Taco Casa) in Vicksburg, MS.

2. What is your favorite gadget?
My pocket bird call. It’s just this simple little chalk and rosin tool. I can pull it out and have a conversation with the birds anytime I want.

3. What chore do you hate?
Stooping over to wash the dishes in a sink is real hard on the back when you’re 6’9”.

4. What is your favorite movie?
O Brother Where Art Thou since it was filmed in and around my hometown, Vicksburg, MS and I recognize the landscape in almost every scene of that film.

5. What is your job at Christ Church and what drew you here?
I am the Associate for Faith Development. This job kinda found me. I hope to tell you the story in person one day soon, it’s a good one.

6. What book is on your nightstand?
The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor. It won the Pulitzer prize in 1962. A priest I respect told me he thought it captured the life of a priest better than any other fiction he’d read.

7. Are you a good dancer?
Not even close…

8. I can’t live without my...
Journal and fountain pen.

9. What was your first car?
I had a 1989 F-150 pickup truck. It had two gas tanks and the headlight switch was on the floorboard. It was gray with this really ugly blue stripe down the side. I loved that old truck.

10. What excites you most about this new role?
I love teaching and preaching, so I am excited to work with the Faith Development staff. I am joining a group of people who have been doing excellent work and I’m thrilled to join them in growing into a deeper faith. I am excited to join the common life of Christ Church - the hospitality and kind welcome I have received so far have been overwhelming. I look forward to bringing my children up in this warm and welcoming place.