Getting to Know our Seminarian Wayne Hanway
As a second-year student in the Diocese of Oklahoma’s deacon formation program, I am assigned to St. Luke’s for the field training part of the program. I want to thank everyone at St. Luke’s for being so welcoming, encouraging, and supportive.
I was born and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1970. I had #6 in the first Vietnam War draft lottery, so I served in Vietnam and at the Pentagon. Then I got a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Iowa and began a 41-year career as a public library administrator: in Fort Madison, Iowa 1974 – 1981; in Norfolk, Nebraska 1981 – 1991; and in McAlester, Oklahoma from 1991 until my retirement at the end of 2015, as CEO of the Southeastern Public Library System, serving seven counties through 15 branch libraries.
I am a cradle Episcopalian. I have been a lay reader and choir member since my freshman year of college. I became a certified mentor in the Education for Ministry program (EfM) in 1987 and have been a mentor or co-mentor most of the time since then. I began doing prison ministry after I retired.
In 1970, I married Sally. She is the organist/choir director at All Saints, McAlester. We have two children. Our son Doug lives in New York City. Our daughter Cheryl lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. We especially enjoy classical music concerts and we like to play mah jong and cribbage.