CHARLES HOFFACKER is an Episcopal priest and writer who has served in parish and other ministries in several states. He is the author of A Matter of Life and Death: Preaching at Funerals (Cowley Publications). Many of his sermons appear on the Episcopal Church’s official website. Hoffacker received the Diocese of Eastern Michigan Excellence in Ministry Award and the Blue Water Peace Award. He has been rector of St. Paul’s Parish in Baden, Maryland since 2014.