Abbot Dan Nobles

Greetings in Christ! I am The Venerable Danny G. Nobles. It is not a “title” that I deserve, but the Church bestowed on me the duties that demand I strive to live in the style suggested by such honors. I serve as the leader of Christ Mission Abbey and the fourth abbot of the Anglican Communion Benedictines. Born into a fairly large Christian family in rural Alabama as the youngest of six boys, I enjoyed the freedom of country living. My father was a laborer at a large metal factory who taught my brother and me the values of duty, serving others, and confidence in God’s saving grace. Our mother instilled in us the values of structure, order, and compassion. She was always there with wise counsel and loving embrace.

Following a “less than stellar” high school education, I enlisted in the military. Serving first as a sergeant in the Air Force, before transferring to the U.S. Army and completing Officer Candidate School. I served in the military for more than 30 years as an Engineer Officer. My duties centered on strategic planning for senior commands including three Pentagon tours with the Department of the Army and the Joint Staff. I was selected to command at various levels from an Engineer Company to an Army Installation. I was promoted to colonel during my second Pentagon assignment and moved to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin as the installation commander. I then returned for his third tour at the Pentagon.

My growing sense of call to ministry led me to retire and enter seminary. My military experience had sparked a love for learning that had enabled me to complete an undergraduate degree and two master’s degree programs. After retiring, I entered seminary to begin a Master of Divinity course of study but was encouraged to transfer into a doctoral program at Trinity Theological Seminary. I completed a Ph.D. in Ministry Leadership and was ordained a deacon and later a priest serving the Anglican Communion of the Church. I also taught on-line courses as an adjunct professor for Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia. My initial posting as a priest was as the executive pastor (“chief of staff”) of Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, North Carolina. Later, I served as the Chaplain of Oak Ridge Military Academy. After my first year as Chaplain, the board of trustees elected me to become the 50th President of the Academy.

For three years, I led that private school for young men and women in the 7th through 12th grades. Feeling called to more focused ministry, I left Oak Ridge and served for two years as a hospital chaplain in Burlington, North Carolina. I completed the four-unit course of study in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program.

Throughout my ministry, I longed for greater community, deeper prayer devotion, and different approach to study. I encountered such a community during personal retreats at Belmont Abbey in Gastonia, North Carolina. The Benedictine Monks there welcomed me into their community. Their rhythm of prayers was different from anything I had experienced. Their humble approach to Bible study was unique. They never stressed to master the understanding of Holy Scripture but opened themselves to its influence as the Word seemed to seep into their spirits.

I began to pursue their Oblate process. During a diocesan conference, I met a fellow priest who began to speak of The Rule of St. Benedict. That priest was abbot an Anglican Order of St. Benedict. I soon entered the Order as a Postulant and quickly drew deep into personal commitment, taking his solemn vows in 2016. I was assigned the duties Dean of Formation (commonly known as Novice Master).

In May 2019, our abbot retired. On June 1, 2019, I was installed as the 4th Abbot of the Anglican Communion Benedictines by our Bishop-Protector, the Right Reverend Felix Orji, with the unanimous consent of the community. My wife and I have been married for more than 43 years. We have two grown daughters and seven grandchildren. The congregation of Anglican Communion Benedictines is a dispersed community of Brothers and Sisters throughout the United States. We are beginning to grow in Europe with inquiries in Germany, France, and Hungary. The first anchorite (hermit) was received into our Order in August 2019. He lives in his hermitage in Bielefeld, Germany.

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