Our Pastor

I am a storyteller with a passion for justice.

That comes, I suppose, from being a southerner of a certain age. I was born in Alabama at the height of the modern Civil Rights Movement, and I grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn. After 18 years in the Southeast, I served equal time in the Midwest: college years in Ohio, grad school in Chicago (a masters in religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Ph.D. in philosophy from DePaul University), and the first seven years of a 10-year career as a writer and policy analyst for the Council of State Governments.

Ministry is a second career – the result of losing a 20-year wrestling match with God, and of finding a remarkable mission-focused church in Lexington, Ky., when CSG work took us back South for what turned out to be three and a half amazing and transformative years.

You'll find my ministry mission statement here.

I have been a lifelong student of and admirer of the work and words of Martin Luther King, Jr. This fuels a passion for peacemaking and working for justice that shapes my ministry. The picture here is from a public witness for marriage equality that Clarendon led at the Arlington County Courthouse on a cold, windy day in early 2009.

I have served in a small congregation for the past five years, and, having also served in large churches, cannot imagine a more compelling setting for ministry. In addition to the joys of relationships that come with small congregations and the opportunities to engage in every aspect of congregational life, the greater flexibility enables me to respond to my deepest and most joyous calling: being dad to three children and husband to my wife of more than 25 years.

At Clarendon Presbyterian we share a commitment to a more just and inclusive church and community, and a foundational believe that God calls us to work for a future of justice. These commitments form the framework for living each day, and thus they provide the experiences and stories through which I try to communicate the love and justice of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

David Ensign

Pastor's blog and sermons

Join the lively conversation at the pastor's blog, Faithful Agitation, where David regularly posts under a "nom de blog" - just because he likes the name "Christian Wright."   David also posts his weekly sermons for all to read. And watch a video of one of David's recent sermons.