Calvary Episcopal Batavia–Joel’s History and Connection

I started attending Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia, IL ( on Easter Sunday, 2014.

CalvaryEpiscopalBatavia--Joel's History and Connectioin
Calvary Episcopal Church, Batavia, IL










I am a life-long Episcopalian, growing up at the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, FL (222 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236–Tel. 941-955-4263– (where I was confirmed and served as an acolyte).  That church felt like “home” to me and Father Tom Fitzgerald was a model priest.

During my childhood, after I went off to college, and during my10-year career in the US Army, the Church of the Redeemer was my “official” church home.

CalvaryEpiscopalBatavia--Joel's History and Connection
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, FL














I served in the Army for ten years and, during my last tour of duty, was stationed at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.  I was a member of Saint Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St, NW Washington, DC 20016–202-363-4119–  Father Bill Swing was the rector.  (In 1979 he became the 7th Bishop of California and I attended his consecration in San Francisco. The 8th Bishop of California was elected in 2009.) This church, too, felt like home.  I was very actively involved in youth ministry and young adult ministry.  Working closely with Nora–the priest serving the youth community.  While here I was going through the process to be approved to go to an Episcopal seminary and to study for the priesthood.  (Episcopal priests can marry and have families.)  I was completing 10 years in the U.S. Army and was a captain.  The youth minister suggested I take human relations training and sent me on my first weekend with the MidAtlantic Association for Training and Consulting out of Washington DC–This was a Human Relations training.  I liked it so much I continued on for more than 500 hours of hands-on experiential training and eventually (in 1979) became certified as an organizational change consultant (focused initially as a consultant in Episcopal churches), an advanced experiential education designer, and as a T-group facilitator and an Advanced T-group facilitator.

CalvaryEpiscopalBatavia--Joel's History and Connection
St Columba’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

This training led me to change my careers from the Army to being an Organizational Change Consultant.  Also, in 1979, through my connections with the training from MATC, I went to Philadelphia to take a training from Insight Training Seminars out of Santa Monica, CA.  At that first training I met John-Roger, who seemed like a person with acute insight himself.  (I later learned that he was a leading figure in a non-denominational Christian church called the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness with headquarters in Los Angeles CA.)

I continued my training with Insight Training Seminars and, when I finished my Army career, moved to Los Angeles to start my consulting practice and to be close to both Insight and MSIA.  After a few months I was hired as a Management Consultant in the Litigation Management Practice of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in Los Angeles.  I also volunteered quite a bit with Insight Training Seminars and studied the teachings of MSIA.  On August 2, 1981, I was ordained as a minister in MSIA.  (Ministers focus on service rather than on leading a church or administering sacraments.  Many ministers may be involved in other religious denominations as well.)

I moved to Geneva, IL, in 1993, after completing my doctorate degree (EdD) in Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Florida International University (FIU), the public university in Miami.

My parents moved from Sarasota, Florida to Carol Stream, IL in December, 1992–just after my commencement exercises at FIU.  They had taken such good care of me as a child, I wanted to be around to help them in their retirement.  Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) had a learning center in Saint Charles, IL, and I was brought in as a consultant for a few months.  In July, 1993, I was offered a contract as a Change Management Consultant with Andersen Consulting and was with them in St Charles for five years.  In November, 1998, I left them and joined Origin Technology in Business (now Atos) in January, 1999, to focus once again on the organizational change side of consulting.

After 9-11-2001, I decided to make a difference in K-12 education and, because I passed the proficiency exam in Spanish for the state of Illinois, became a full-time bilingual (Spanish) teacher in K-12 schools starting in December, 2002.  I did this full-time for six years in schools supported by the Kane County Regional Office of Education.  For the past five years I have been a substitute teacher in the Kaneland school district (Maple Park, IL).  I lived for 20 years in Geneva and, in February, 2014, downsized from a 2-bedroom house with garage and basement to a 1-bedroom apartment in Batavia, IL.

I had seen Calvary Episcopal Church (located near the Batavia Public Library) when I first moved to Batavia and had thought about attending.  Another motivation is that my mother, who joined the Episcopal church after she married my Dad, is now 99 and may want some of the services the church provides.

Two friends I know from the Delnor Wellness Center (now Cadence Fitness and Health Center) had started attending this church and were going to be at the Easter service as well.  I went to the 8:00AM service and met Father Mike Racicci, the rector, and got acquainted with the other parishioners at the “coffee hour” following the service.  Calvary Episcopal Batavia is the third Episcopal Church I’ve attended that has felt like home.

As I became acquainted with Father Mike, who celebrated the 34th anniversary of his ordination in June, 2014, I shared with him that I’ll be celebrating the 33rd anniversary of my ordination in August, 2014.  He suggested I check with Dick Watts, the Chaplain at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, to see if he needed any more volunteer, on-call Chaplains for nights, weekends, and holidays.  I followed through with Dick and started as a volunteer on-call Chaplain for Delnor Hospital on July 4th, 2014.

I’m becoming more involved in my volunteer service at Calvary Episcopal in Batavia–it’s very inviting and everyone there is welcoming and supportive.  I’m on the Worship committee and have volunteered to be coordinator for the second “Mass on the Grass Celebration” on July 27, 2014.  This has me contacting lots more people and brings to mind the work I did with Episcopal Churches at the start of my consulting care



Connecting With Subscribers of

We have 774 subscribers and 3 administrators for  Thanks to each and all of you who have registered.  I hope this post reaches you.

We were integrated with Aweber–a responder system that would normally let me know that each of you was added to the website.  Somehow that doesn’t seem to be happening.

Now that I know I have that many subscribers, I need to know what you want more of.  My posts in this blog have been largely “stream of consciousness”–what’s on my mind for any particular day.

I have the SEO attributes set for this post.  I have emails from people who registered, though, according to Aweber, I only have 67 people on mailing lists.  Very strange.  I haven’t been using Aweber effectively and I’ve had the service for more than two years.

Here’s what I can do.  I can make a sign-up link right here so that you can sign-on to an Aweber list for  That way, if you want to, you’ll have an easy way to do it.

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Abundance and Wealth–Instant Response

As you can tell, I was pretty frustrated yesterday when I wrote the post about things being ridiculous.

Today I received an email from a new friend, Brittney Poppano, who invited me to see a replay of a presentation she shared last night.  Her presentation put me in touch with a company that has a system for building an Internet Information Marketing business.  I’ve been involved with that since the 1980s, though haven’t made any money.

With this new organization, my entire financial situation can be turned around in less than a month, though it will take longer to build a good business.

I’m an Advanced Practitioner in the Law of Abundance-Wealth.  While my earlier post may not seem so, I’ve been working on myself for the past several months, replacing my dis-empowering habits of thought and action with empowering habits of thought and action.  This result is one of the indicators that things are working well.



This is Ridiculous!! Want to help?

This is ridiculous–and I’m not laughing!!  (See the YouTube video at this link.)

In 2001, after 9/11/2001, I made a decision to make a difference for kids in grades K-12.  I stopped being a full-time management consultant/organizational change consultant/instructional designer and became a classroom teacher, working with the English Language Learner population in public schools served in Illinois by the Kane County Regional Office of Education (ROE).

Prior to that time, while I was a performance coach for teachers in the Dade and Broward school systems in Florida while finishing my doctorate degree in Education from Florida International University in Miami, my primary focus was on working with adults.  I had been teaching thousands of adults (over 40 years) (I was a volunteer instructor and instructor-trainer for the American Red Cross in Health and Safety courses for 33 years.)  I was also a professional trainer and instructional designer in addition to being an organizational change management consultant.

I was aware of some of the challenges being experienced by K-12 schools when I went to get my doctorate and focused on adult education and human resource development because I saw there would be an ongoing need for adults to learn what they didn’t learn in school.  For my doctoral dissertation, working with teachers-in-training, I developed and tested a new theory of how we learn from experience.  I’ve used that learning since completing the doctorate in a variety of ways.

As everyone knows, the economy (and school budgets) started taking hits over the last several years.  In 2009, shortly after completing a post-doctoral Master of Arts in Teaching, I was laid off.  Since then I have been a substitute teacher because most schools can get two recent graduates for the salary the unions require for someone with a masters’ degree (districts don’t even have to pay for the doctorate or second masters).

Substitute teaching pays $12 per hour ($90 per day–with $78 showing up in the bank) or $45 for one-half day with less than that showing up in the bank.)  I love substitute teaching because I can make a difference for both students and teachers.

This summer I can’t find employment at the moment.  I can work with clients, do contract work at the local, state, and federal level, offer workshops on expanding memory, changing moods, Integrative Learning, and provide coaching for teachers, executives, organizations, and teams.  So far, no one is interested.

I’ve applied for lots of entry-level jobs and, when I made the mistake of telling the whole of my education, found myself not getting calls for interviews.  I was advised just to tell people I have an undergraduate degree–which I do.

I need to pay the rent and to set money aside for some bills and for the future.  I need to stay in the Chicagoland area because my Mom is 99 and I think it’s important to give her some quality time every evening to make sure she can eat and get her medicine and remember me tomorrow.

I have lots of websites which I have just upgraded, reducing some that produce no traffic.  These aren’t bringing in the money yet.

Yesterday I received an email from someone who wants to split a huge amount of money with me if I pretend to be someone’s long lost relative.  Yes, I need income right away–for next month’s rent, for example.  No, I don’t want to get involved with shady deals.

I’m writing this post to ask your your help–not with cash, with either clients or a job–at least for the summer.  Some of the ones I’ve applied for are “out of left field” and will still help pay the bills.

If you have information or a suggestion for me, please send me an email at


Welcome to My Blog!

Joel-Montgomery-JoelMonty-small  Welcome to My Blog!

I’m glad you’re here.  Me, too.  My LinkedIn profile steers you to this blog, so here’s where I need to be writing.  For the past few years I’ve blogged a bit on several websites, in connection with the projects I’ve been focused on.  Starting in the summer of 2014, I’ll be focusing my energies on this blog and will provide links to the other websites as appropriate.

My LinkedIn profile can be found at  When you click on blog, it will bring you here.

This seems to be a good time for reflection, and for deciding what works and what doesn’t do what I want it to do.  I developed lots of websites, some of which get next to no traffic.  (Most of those will disappear soon.)

Come often.  I’ll be posting about a variety of topics.  I’m glad you found your way here today.

Best Regards,

Joel Montgomery (JoelMonty)