Between Generations: Using Narrative for Intergenerational Faith Development


Between Generations: Using Narrative for Intergenerational Faith Development


Forty years ago I was on a journey of discovery that would lead me to the life changing waters of baptism and a new chapter in my life. My journey began with a deep yearning to learn more about God and Jesus, but my pursuit for answers was wrought with many challenges.

I did not grow up in a Christian home and had no access to a Bible or other
Christian resources. What I did have were two men who shared their faith stories with me. These stories opened my eyes and helped me address some of the more profound questions of faith that were stirring in my heart.

Padre R.N. Jackson and Bishop Henry Hill were very different people. One was a military chaplain at the military college I attended; the other was a retired bishop of a neighboring diocese. Both men entered my life at times when I was questioning my faith and beliefs. They shared stories of how they came to faith and how their faith made a difference in their lives, especially in times of difficulty.

Listening to their faith narratives changed my life and moved me in a direction that would shape me for ministry. It also provided me with a model of formation which forms the basis for my project.


Leibovitch, Warren Neil




Copyright Warren Neil Leibovitch




Project Thesis
Date Added
November 14, 2023
VTS Doctoral Theses
Leibovitch, Warren Neil , “Between Generations: Using Narrative for Intergenerational Faith Development,” Bishop Payne Library at Virginia Theological Seminary, accessed April 14, 2024,