Hal is currently the rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd, an hour north of Manhattan in Granite Springs, New York. Originally from Rhode Island, Hal earned a B.A. in religious studies from Yale College from 1983-1998 and earned degrees from the Yale Divinity School (M. Div.), from Berkeley Episcopal Divinity School at Yale (Anglican diploma), and from Tulane University (M.S.W). Hal and his partner of twenty five years, Lori, have one adult daughter in Tennessee and the couple lives in the rectory at Good Shepherd.