AED Board Nominee - 2018 Election
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Priest Candidate - Electing 1
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
Present Employment: Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Harrisburg PA; Chaplain, St Stephen’s Episcopal School, Harrisburg PA; Faculty, The Stevenson School for Ministry
Current Ministries: In addition to currently serving on the board for AED, I serve on the Standing Committee for Diocese of Central PA, am a deputy to General Convention for 8 conventions, having served on the Committee for Small Churches and the Committee for Congregational Vitality. I have served on AED’s Vocation Discernment Committee and acted as chaplain for AED’s board meetings. In Central PA, I work with Heeding God’s Call for Eliminating Gun Violence, Equality First for seeking equality in funding for public schools, serve on the Social Justice Network for DCPA. In the area of Vocational Formation, I was dean of our local ministry school and now am on the faculty.
Current Church Assignment: St Paul’s, Harrisburg
Previous Positions: Rector, St. Michael and All Angels, Middletown PA; Dean, The School of Christian Studies; Canon for Formation, Diocese of CPA; Canon for Liturgy, Diocese of CPA
Education: BSEd, University of Georgia; MA, Michigan State University; MDiv, Yale Divinity School
Prior Board Experience: I have served on the board of AED as presbyter and acted as chaplain to the board. I also serve as co-chair of AED's Vocational Development Committee, the General Convention Committee, the planning committee for the annual A3D conference, and the Planning Committee for Triennial. I have served on the board of St Stephen’s Episcopal School, The Board of Christian Churches United, the Board of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the board of the School of Christian Studies (Diocese CPA). I am ex officio on the board of the Beacon Health Clinic and St. Barnabas Center.
Skill sets: I have extensive experience with non-profits, have worked in the area of public policy and legislative advocacy. I am involved with community organizing groups in the Central PA area. I also bring the skillset of work in vocational formation.
Question #1 How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
I am truly passionate about the diaconate, about the ministry that calls us all to service calling us to servant leadership, calling us to heed the suffering of the world and calling us to point to the hope of God’s action in the world. I am a voice for the diaconate on a local level and on the broader church level. As a priest, I have served faithfully on the AED board, on committees, and to the Archdeacon & Deacon Directors' Conference. I envision contributing to the AED board through my experience and skills in formation, broadening and deepening both programs and interest in the formation of diaconal ministry. I also bring gifts and experience from my work in social justice and advocacy.
Question #2 What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
I believe that AED has a significant role in the future of the church, not just as an association for deacons but also as a voice for the entire church. As an association, AED will continue to serve to strengthen the role of the diaconate, encourage the formation and call of deacons to serve in the church, and continue to be a prophetic voice calling the church and the world to attend to the issues of service, social justice, and mission. I believe it is important that the diaconate be understood and embraced by the entire church, by bishops, priests, and the baptized as well as by deacons. My vision for the Association for Episcopal Deacons is to continue to educate the whole church on the ministry of the diaconate, being a voice in the wider church in the many countries The Episcopal Church represents. This is a voice that will increase the understanding of the significance of this ministry and increase the ministry of the diaconate itself. It is important to grow membership in AED and to grow the numbers of deacons in the church. I see the future of AED as a strong voice in the church that encourages diaconal ministry, diaconal formation, and attentiveness to the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.