The Reverend Daniel K. Layden was ordained a priest on June 1st 2002. He has been the rector of Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church, in Fort Wayne, since February 1st of 2007. Father Layden is a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ our Lord. He enjoys teaching, preaching and seeking God with others. Father Layden has a wonderful wife, Erin, and two daughters, Lydia and Anna.
Born on January 7th 1971, Father Layden cannot remember a time when he was not brought to church by his mother. He remembers vividly his early days worshipping and going to vacation bible school at his home parish of Saint George’s in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up in the church, he loved to serve as an acolyte and leader of the Youth Group.
During his years in college Father Layden grew in his love for our Lord. He was privileged to serve as a counselor at the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s summer camp program. He also served as a part-time youth minister at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating with a bachelors of science degree in psychology from The Ohio Sate University in 1994, Father Layden continued to develop his passion for youth work. He served as the youth minister at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. After a year and a half working for NCR in Dayton, he returned to his love for youth ministry at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Father Layden attended seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He remembers his time there as challenging and edifying. While there, he did his field work at Christ Church in Chaptico, Maryland, one of the oldest and most wonderful churches in the country. While attending seminary Father Layden particularly enjoyed his studies in Biblical exegesis and pastoral theology. Upon graduation form seminary, Father Layden served Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, Ohio for five years.