Associate for Riverway and Discipleship Ministries

The Rev. R. Wesley Arning

The Rev. R. Wesley Arning joined St. Martin’s in 2021, after serving as the Priest in Charge and then Rector of St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Madison, Tenn. At St. Martin’s, he works with a number of groups and programs including young adults and small group efforts. He serves as the Clergy Leader for the Riverway Service and is the co-host of St. Martin’s Wayside Podcast.

He earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and Biblical studies from Gordon College (Boston), where he studied abroad in Jerusalem for a semester focusing on Rabbinic thought and literature and Biblical archaeology. He has written a six-week devotional titled, “Waters of Baptism.”

He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. His ministry interests include evangelism, developing small groups and anything connected to C.S. Lewis. He has served as the ecumenical officer for the Diocese of Tennessee and was a member of the Standing Committee for the diocese.

He enjoys hiking in the national parks, playing sports and cheering for his beloved Boston Red Sox. He and his wife, Megan, welcomed their first child in 2021. They also have a Golden Retriever, Sadie.