AED Board - 2022 Election
Present Employment: Rector, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church
Current Ministries: Church Pension Group Trustee, Diocese of Oregon Trustee
Current Church Assignment: St. Francis of Assisi, Wilsonville, OR
Previous Positions: Rector, St. Stephen's, Portland, OR
Education: DMin, Bexley Seabury; ThM, Jesuit School of Theology; MDiv, CDSP; JD, Washington; BA, Harvard
Prior Board Experience: CDSP, Diocesan Council, Here Together, CareOregon, Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Skill sets: Finance, law, investments, public policy/advocacy
How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
There are several ways that I hope to be able to help AED as a board member. I envision helping AED to update its legal structure generally, and specifically, to update its bylaws to reflect the current context of ministry. I also hope that my legal background could be helpful in other ways. In addition, I have extensive experience in finance and investments that I hope could help aid the sustainability of the organization. I am developing new resources for providing pastoral care in extreme conditions, like pandemics and climate change. I envision working with AED to refine those resources and develop additional resources to meet these needs. Finally, I have developed resources for addressing faith and finance that I would like to share with others, so that discussions of money could be normalized in congregational settings.
What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
After the last few years, our world is facing an unprecedented amount of trauma. There are few institutions well positioned to aid in the recovery from trauma. The Church generally and AED specifically could play an important role in journeying with people in their recovery from trauma. Moreover, trauma is not just limited to individuals. Institutions, communities and the planet have all experienced trauma, and we are called to help to remedy the damage that has been done to God’s creations. This work descends from a doctrine of God and salvation that results in provisions for all healing of all God’s creation. It also reflects an incarnation and embodiment of sacramental grace. Deacons have always been the hands and feet of Christ, and there may be a new opportunity to offer new forms of healing ministry in which AED supports healing for individuals, institutions, communities and the planet. The needs for deacons has never been greater, and I hope to facilitate diaconal ministry in whatever ways possible.