A self-described radical, the Rev. Dan Lediard has started delivering sermons and conducting 9 a.m. Sunday services at St. Johns Episcopal Church at 665 E. Gladys Ave. in Hermiston.
His wife Jody is also an Episcopalian priest, and she is five years his senior in terms of ordination.
The pair met in Nevada and have been married for more than 40 years.
A former registered nurse, Jody worked in maternal and child health for more than three decades before joining the clergy.
She served as a missioner in seven parishes in rural Nevada and has established agreements to supply sacramental needs to churches in Kennewick and Pendleton.
Its all about relationships and how we treat each other and all people, Jody said in reference to her own theology.
Dan said he intends to teach the three-legged stool of Episcopalianism to patrons of St. Johns and Sunday School students: scripture, tradition and reason.
As a fourth grader in Florida, a priest told Dan that the church had no room for boys like him a curious mind had developed a poor reputation, unbeknownst to Dan.
That mind hasnt quit asking questions, but Dan said he highly regards respect for others beliefs.
The were right and youre wrong mentality we have got to get out of that, he said, adding that all humans have much to learn about their world and each other.
Jody said people are sometimes afraid to show their inner goodness and their loving side because theyre afraid theyll get hurt.
We need to show each other that we can love and be loved, she said. Thats why we do the church thing.