The Very Rev. David Thurlow
The Church of the Cross, Bluffton
PO Box 1397 Bluffton SC 29910
The Rev. David Thurlow is originally from Canada. Born and raised in Ottawa, he attended St. Mary’s Anglican Church, where his commitment to Christ as Lord grew tremendously under the godly leadership of a Spirit-filled youth group. David attended Carleton University in Ottawa, where he was accepted into the UNTD Naval Reserve Officer Training Program in the Canadian Navy. David graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History in May 1990, and received his commission as a Naval Officer in August. In 1991, after taking a year of graduate studies in Business Management, David continued his naval training and was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate. He then served on ships at sea based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, until the spring of 1992 when the Lord led him ashore to enter the discernment process for holy orders. After being accepted as a postulant for ordination the Lord guided David to pursue his Master of Divinity degree at Wycliffe College in Toronto where he would meet his beloved wife. He graduated from seminary in 1995 and answered the call to serve in the Diocese of Saskatchewan as curate at the Cathedral Church of St. Alban the Marty in Prince Albert and Priest in Charge of St. Christopher’s Christopher Lake. David and Lynn were married in 1996 and together they served in the Diocese of Saskatchewan for five and one half years. In 1998 David attended the Canadian Forces Chaplain School and Centre and re-classified to serve as Navy Chaplain. In 2001, The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr., Bishop of South Carolina, extended the call to David to serve at St. Matthias Church in Summerton. In September of that year David and his growing family moved to South Carolina where he has been serving in the Diocese ever since. David and his wife Lynn live in Bluffton and they have four children, two sons in college and two daughters still at home. David is involved in community outreach through service as a chaplain with the Bluffton Fire Department, and as a chaplain with the South Carolina State Guard. He considers it a blessing to assist at Church of the Cross and serve under the leadership of Fr. Owens.