The Rev. Suzanne Watson will lead the strategic planning and strategic collaboration efforts at the Episcopal Church Center, effective May 4.
Linda Watt, Chief Operations Officer for the Episcopal Church Center, announced that Watson will leave her post as Director of the Evangelism and Congregational Life to assume her new tasks.
“Suzanne has been an energetic and optimistic force for Mission,” Watt commented. “We are thrilled that she will continue on in this critical new role for the future of The Episcopal Church.”
The Strategic Planning Task Force was created by Executive Council at its January meeting in Stockton, California, to focus on a strategic-planning process and to a draft ten-year strategic vision with planned periodic updates.
Watson was named to the Task Force jointly by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson. She will lead the strategic planning efforts on a part time basis while she pursues her doctorate degree. She will also be working on collaborative events, resources and planning.
Since January 2008, Watson has served as the first director of the Center for Evangelism and Congregational Life, created through the reorganization of the Church Center staff. She began her ministry at the Church Center as a staff officer for Congregational Development with special responsibility for small and rural congregations.
Watt also congratulated the Rev. Dr. Robert Honeychurch, Program Officer for Congregational Vitality, who was appointed Interim Director of the Evangelism and Congregational Life Center.