An Episcopal priest will tithe ten per cent of his winnings after participating in ‘Jeopardy!’ a popular TV game show in the US.
Rev David Sibley, rector of St Paul’s Church in Walla Walla, Washington, pocketed $79,098 after demonstrating his extensive knowledge of trivia.
“It was fun, and that was all I wanted to begin with,” he told Religion News Service.
The episodes were all filmed in a single day during the summer which allowed Rev David to tweet along with viewers when the episodes aired last week.
The 37-year-old used the social media platform to explain why he was tithing ten per cent of his winnings to his church.
He said: “Quite simply, I’m doing well on Jeopardy because of gifts given me to remember lots of stuff and recall it quickly. It’s part of who I am, and who God made me to be. So the proceeds of that? None of it is really mine to begin with!
“It’s all God’s. So giving a tenth of it back to God’s work through St Paul’s Walla Walla - it’s an act of trust in what God has done, what God will do, and a way for me to grow spiritually through that trust.”
Rev David also used his ‘spotlight’ moment to tweet his stance on LGBT issues. He tweeted: "I’m sure the occupation of 'Episcopal Priest' [is] traumatizing or triggering for some #Jeopardy so I want to be unequivocally clear: this priest is affirming of the lives, loves, and vocations of LGBTQIA+ people."
"So for anyone that needs to hear it from a priest: This priest loves you."
He is not the first priest to appear in the decades-long running show. Rev Kit Carlson from Michigan and Rev Scott Russell Virginia took part in the programme in 2008 and 2011 respectively.