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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

In this new full-time position, the Associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care will be responsible for a wide range of primarily administrative tasks that are essential to the evangelism, reconciliation, justice and environmental stewardship ministries in the Episcopal Church, with a special emphasis on financial administration. The associate will work as a member of a collaborative pool of associates who handle a variety of administrative and programmatic tasks for these ministries.

The position is based in New York and runs from September 2017 through the end of December 2018, and reports to the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care.

More information and application instructions for this position are available here.

Deadline for applying is August 9.

For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at hrm@episcopalchurch.org.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. In this new full-time position, the Associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation
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Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer Geoffrey Smith has announced the retirement of Richard Serota as Director of Information Technology at the Episcopal Church.

Serota joined the staff in 1990 and was named Director of Information Technology in 1995.

“My years with the DFMS have been by far the longest tenure during my almost half-century of employment in Information Technology,” Serota said. “Much more importantly, they have been the most enriching years by every measure —professional, personal, and spiritual.”

“Richard started the IT function at the Episcopal Church Center, building desktop computers the year before Senator Al Gore sponsored the High Performance Computing Act, which led to the internet,” Smith commented. “In his tenure, he has been responsible for or played a part in bringing to the DFMS every technological innovation we use today, and his legacy is an outstanding team of IT professionals who will carry on our work going forward.  We are deeply indebted to his efforts.”

Serota will retire on August 31. Until then he can be reached at rserota@episcopalchurch.org.

 

 

Applications are currently being accepted for the Episcopal Church Director of Information Technology, based in New York City. Application information is available here.

 

Deadline is August 28.

Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer Geoffrey Smith has announced the retirement of Richard Serota as Director of Information Technology at the Episcopal Church. Serota joined the staff in 1990 and was named Director of Information Technology
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Douglas K. Anning Esq. of Kansas City, MO, has been named Episcopal Church Acting Chief Legal Officer, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. The appointment was made by the Episcopal Church Executive Council following the joint nomination by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings.

"Doug Anning is an answer to prayer,” commented Presiding Bishop Curry. “He brings all of the skill and wisdom of an attorney of wide experience and great stature. But more than that, he brings the heart of a servant, and a spirit that truly seeks to follow and live the way of Jesus. It is a real joy to announce his election and to welcome his arrival."

“We’ve long needed a chief legal officer who could manage the comprehensive, long-term legal requirements of the churchwide governance structure and keep Executive Council, our governing board, informed,” said Jennings. “Doug Anning is a smart, faithful, experienced lawyer and lifelong Episcopalian, and I can’t think of anyone better to fill this essential, exciting new role. I am delighted to have the chance to work with him.”

As acting chief legal officer, Anning will function as general counsel and be responsible for assuring the reliable and timely provision of high quality legal advice and services to Executive Council, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the Presiding Bishop, the President of the House of Deputies and the Executive Officer of the General Convention.

The position of chief legal officer is new and was created by General Convention in 2015 as part of its response to proposals from TREC (The Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church) to restructure Executive Council. The legal needs of the churchwide structure have previously been provided by staff lawyers, the Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop, the Chancellor to the President of the House of Deputies and outside law firms. In his new role, Anning will supervise staff lawyers, work closely with the two chancellors, and retain outside counsel as needed. His full job description is available here.

The acting chief legal officer reports to, and is accountable to, the Presiding Bishop and will serve as a senior member of the Presiding Bishop’s leadership team. The acting chief legal officer will also report to Executive Council at each of its meetings.

"Today's society calls for responsible conduct as well as theological and spiritual integrity from our religious institutions,” Anning said. “I have long held a deep love and reverence for both the Episcopal Church and the law, and I look forward to combining these passions with the wisdom and dedication of Presiding Bishop Curry and President Jennings and other leaders of the church as we work together to move into our future."

Anning begins his duties on July 5.  He can be contacted at danning@episcopalchurch.org.

Meet Douglas K. Anning, Esq.

Anning is Vice-Chair, Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Group for Polsinelli PC, in Kansas City, MO.

He boasts extensive legal experience working with non-profits, tax-exempt entities, large university academic medical systems, hospital and healthcare systems, government affairs and public policy, and religious organizations and churches.  He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Law at the University Of Missouri School Of Law, the University Of Kansas School Of Law, and the University of Kansas School of Health Policy and Management.

Among his many awards and honors, he was recognized as the 2017 Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Kansas City.

In the Episcopal Church, Anning is a lifelong communicant at St. Michael and All Angels in Mission, Kansas.  He served as treasurer and member of the Diocesan Council of Trustees at the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. Anning worked with diocesan leadership in the creation of the Kemper School for Ministry for Deacons and Priests in coordination with three neighboring Episcopal dioceses. 

He holds both a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas.

Nominating Advisory Committee

At the June 2017 Executive Council Meeting, Executive Council approved a resolution naming Anning as Acting Chief Legal Officer through August 31, 2018, which follows the next General Convention.

According to Canon I.4.2(h): Upon joint nomination by the Chair (Presiding Bishop) and the Vice-Chair (President of the House of Deputies), the (Executive) Council shall appoint a Chief Legal Officer who shall function as general counsel and serve at the pleasure of, and report and be accountable to, the Chair.

Resumes were reviewed by a Chief Legal Officer Nominating Advisory Committee that was comprised of lawyers who are Episcopalians and chancellors of Episcopal Dioceses including: Nancy Mahoney Cohen, chancellor, Diocese of El Camino Real; G. William Haas, Diocese of New York and a member of the Joint Audit Committee of the Executive Council; Christopher J. Hayes, chancellor, Diocese of California; George Wade, chancellor, Diocese of New York.

 

Douglas K. Anning Esq. of Kansas City, MO, has been named Episcopal Church Acting Chief Legal Officer, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. The appointment was made by the Episcopal Church Executive Council following the joint nomination by
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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the full-time position of Missioner for Black Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

As part of the Department of Ethnic Ministries, the Missioner for Black Ministries represents the Black community throughout the Episcopal Church. Among the varied duties, the Missioner will work to ensure Black congregational vitality; to inspire and equip Black Episcopalians in every context to be agents of reconciliation; and to foster unity, collaboration and communication among individuals, ministries and organizations concerned about Black people and the Episcopal Church.

Detailed position information and application instructions are available here

Deadline for applying is July 19.

For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at hrm@episcopalchurch.org.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, 30.sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

 

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the full-time position of Missioner for Black Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. As part of the Department of Ethnic Ministries, the Missioner for Black Ministries represents the
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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the full-time position of Domestic & Environmental Policy Advisor, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

As part of the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations based in Washington DC, the Domestic & Environmental Policy Advisor focuses on environmental policy and U.S. domestic policy. The Advisor represents the Episcopal Church to the U.S. Congress, the Administration, and other domestic and foreign government bodies and mobilizes Episcopalians to undertake advocacy on critical issues supported by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention Policy.

Detailed position information and application instructions are available here

Deadline for applying is June 15.   

For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at hrm@episcopalchurch.org.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the full-time position of Domestic & Environmental Policy Advisor, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. As part of the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations based in Washington
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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the new full-time position of Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

The Church Planting and Mission Development Department is overseeing the creation of a churchwide network for planting congregations, recruiting and training church planters, and establishing new ministries throughout the Episcopal Church. The Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure will collaborate in the design, development and implementation of resources, strategies and structures that foster a churchwide movement of new ministries. In addition to experience with developing congregations among congregations historically under-represented in the Episcopal Church, Spanish language proficiency is preferred.

Detailed position information and application instructions are available here

Deadline for applying is May 22.  

For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at hrm@episcopalchurch.org.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

 

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the new full-time position of Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. The Church Planting and Mission Development Department is overseeing the
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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has named Bishop Todd Ousley of Eastern Michigan as Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

“Bishop Ousley is an experienced bishop with a depth of pastoral and leadership skills,” Presiding Bishop Curry said. “I am very thankful to him for his willingness to assume this particular ministry which is vital to the spiritual life and vitality of our bishops and, through them, the Episcopal Church. I have known and worked with him for several years and, like my brothers and sisters in the community of bishops and spouses, Bishop Ousley has my deep respect, affection and trust.”

“While it is difficult to cease being bishop in the Diocese of Eastern Michigan, I am honored to serve the Presiding Bishop, the House of Bishops, and the Episcopal Church in a vital role of sustaining the health of our bishops and dioceses,” Ousley said. “For almost 16 years I have had the privilege of serving the Diocese of Eastern Michigan as Canon and as Bishop, and through it all, we have been sustained by the power of deep relationships, trust in God and trust in one another. I look forward to working with my colleagues, the Presiding Bishop, and the churchwide staff in further enhancing healthy dioceses and healthy bishops.”

Ousley was appointed following a process in which a committee led by Bishop Jim Waggoner (Spokane, resigned) interviewed and recommended finalists who were then interviewed by the Presiding Bishop and members of the committee working together.

Ousley begins his new position on July 5 and at that time, he can be contacted at tousley@episcopalchurch.org. He will be based in Michigan. 

Meet Bishop Ousley
Ousley has been Bishop of Eastern Michigan since 2007, having been elected Bishop Coadjutor in 2006.  He was Canon to the Ordinary for five years prior.

Before his service in Eastern Michigan, he was rector in churches in Texas. Prior to ordination, Ousley was a therapist and business manager at a psychiatric hospital in Texas.                   

Among his extensive Episcopal Church activities, Ousley was

  • At the 78th General Convention in 2015, HOB Liaison with House of Deputies Committee on Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop and Vice-Chairperson for the HOB Legislative Committee on Ministry.
  • At the 77th General Convention in 2012, Chairperson of the HOB Legislative Committee on Small Congregations.
  • Member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence.
  • Member of the HOB Planning Committee, Chairperson since 2015 and Co-Chairperson 2012 – 2015.
  • Member of HOB Pastoral Development Committee since 2007; Chairperson since 2016.
  • Member of the Court of Review for Trial of a Bishop 2007 – 2011.
  • Board member of Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, 1990 – 1991 and 2003 – 2005.

Ousley holds a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary; Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest; Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Baylor University. Ousley also holds various licenses, certificates and continuing education credentials.

Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development

In this full-time position that reports directly to the Presiding Bishop, the Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development serves as chaplain to bishops and families as a pastoral point person for and with the Presiding Bishop.

Among the responsibilities for the Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development:

  • Provide confidential non-judgmental listening, counsel, guidance, direction and support in crisis and disaster intervention: bereavement counseling, as well as conflict resolution. 
  • Participate with the Planning Committee for the House of Bishops gatherings and meetings in an ex officio capacity.
  • Responsible for the process of Title III, including the pastoral functions such as pastoral guidance and training. 
  • In Title IV responsibilities, focus on pastoral and coordinator roles and ensure that the process moves in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Provide oversight of the Episcopal Search Processes churchwide, which includes providing materials and support for the Episcopal Election Process.

Ousley assumes the position from Bishop Clay Matthews who is retiring.  

“As chaplain to bishops and families and pastoral point person for and with the Presiding Bishop, I will continue the firm foundation laid by the current Bishop for Pastoral Development, Bishop Clay Matthews,” Ousley continued. “His nearly two decades of service in this role have been marked by formational and relational work that have helped heal a divided House of Bishops and enabled us to be more responsive to significant challenges in the church and the culture.”

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has named Bishop Todd Ousley of Eastern Michigan as Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. “Bishop Ousley is an experienced bishop with
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Episcopal News Service has announced changes to its editorial and production teams.

Matthew Davies has transitioned into the role of advertising and web manager for the Episcopal Digital Network, which includes Episcopal News Service (ENS); Lynette Wilson has been named the news service’s managing editor; the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg’s title has changed to senior reporter/editor; and David Paulsen has joined the staff as a reporter/editor.

ENS offers in-depth reporting and analysis of local, regional, national and international news for Episcopalians and others interested in the church’s mission and ministry. Providing written and multimedia coverage, it is the officially sponsored online news source of the Episcopal Church.

“This is an exciting time for Episcopal News Service,” said Wilson, who joined the ENS staff in 2009 as a reporter and editor after working for daily newspapers in the South and as the editor of the Diocese of New York’s The Episcopal New Yorker. “We’re about to begin a redesign of the website, and we’re strengthening our coverage of issues that impact people in communities across the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.”

Davies served as an editor, reporter, international correspondent, video journalist and web manager for ENS since February 2004 and has been filling in as interim advertising manager for more than a year.

“It’s an exciting time to be serving on the presiding bishop’s staff as we strive to share the good news of the Jesus Movement, tell our story with the utmost of integrity and explore creative partnerships in advertising and sponsorship,” said Davies.

“Our audience has grown more than 30 percent over the past two years with more than 950,000 unique users visiting our website in 2016 and more than 16,700 opt-in subscribers receiving our newsletters,” he added. “With a combination of editorial excellence and strategic marketing, I believe we can achieve great things and offer a truly vital service to our readers.”

The Episcopal Digital Network also includes Sermons That Work and Lesson Plans That Work and offers weekly worship resources such as bulletin inserts and Bible studies as well as opportunities for advertising and classified listings. Davies can be reached at mdavies@episcopalchurch.org.

Paulsen, a reporter and editor based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, succeeds Davies. Paulsen, who worked for ENS as a freelancer for six months, began his journalism career reporting for small Gannett newspapers before taking on editing roles at FoxNews.com in New York and, more recently, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he was the breaking news editor.

“The Episcopal Church is filled with inspiring people, fascinating stories and dynamic issues,” Paulsen said. “That’s a great feast for any reporter’s plate, and I’m honored to be able to talk to so many in the church, to get their perspectives and tell their stories.”

Meanwhile, Schjonberg has assumed the title of senior reporter/editor. She spent nearly 25 years working as a newspaper reporter, editor, photographer, copy editor and page designer before being ordained in 2000. She began working for ENS in September 2005, having been a volunteer on the staff of the Convention Daily during the 2003 General Convention.

Schjonberg began her work with ENS as national correspondent and was editor of Episcopal News Monthly.

“I remain excited about helping to fulfill ENS’ mission to help tell Episcopalians about the breadth and depth of our church, and to tell the world about the Episcopal Church’s expression of Christianity,” she said. “It is a privilege to tell the stories about the ministry of Episcopalians around the world and by doing so perhaps inspire others to find their calling in the Jesus Movement.”

While Paulsen, Schjonberg and Wilson are all reporting generalists, each will contribute to the news services’ reporting on racial reconciliation and specialize in certain issues and aspects of Episcopal Church life.

Paulsen will focus on the criminal justice system, institutionalized racism, education inequality and how Episcopalians live into their faith in the public sphere. He can be reached at dpaulsen@episcopalchurch.org.

Schjonberg continues to cover a broad range of stories related to church governance and polity, legal issues and issues affecting clergy, as well as stories about the Episcopal Church’s mission and ministry. Recently, she was responsible for the bulk of ENS’ coverage of the church advocacy with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation about the Dakota Access Pipeline. She can be reached at mfschjonberg@episcopalchurch.org.

Wilson will continue to cover the immigration, migration and refugee issues, as well as the environment and climate change. She can be reached at lwilson@episcopalchurch.org.

 

 

Episcopal News Service has announced changes to its editorial and production teams. Matthew Davies has transitioned into the role of advertising and web manager for the Episcopal Digital Network, which includes Episcopal News Service (ENS); Lynette
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Raphaelle Sondak has been named the Episcopal Church Director of Human Resources, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

“I was very impressed with Raphaelle’s background in employee relations and leadership development,” noted the Rev. Deacon Geoffrey Smith, Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer. “I’m excited at the prospect of collaborating with her as we develop our strategies for talent development, compensation management, and the important work on culture change we’re all engaged in.”

“I am honored to be joining the staff of the Episcopal Church,” Sondak said. “The staff is known for its dedication and talent, and I look forward to being a member of a competent, energetic team.”

In her new position, Sondak will report to the Chief Operating Officer and will be responsible for providing organizational development strategies and directing the human resources department in partnering and supporting the mission and ministry goals of the Episcopal Church.  She will be responsible for managing and overseeing the talent acquisition process and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and in-house regulatory requirements and procedures; benefits administration, and compliance with internal personnel policies and procedures.

Sondak boasts extensive experience in Human Resources. Currently, Sondak is the Human Resource Director at Catholic Guardian Services, a social services agency in the New York region. Previously she served as director of Human resource at Visiting Nurses Association of Hudson Valley, American Institute for Foreign Study and HELP, USA. 

In addition, she has been an Adjunct Professor teaching Human Resources Management at Mercy College and has also served on the Board of Directors at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Colby College in Waterville, ME and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

She begins her new position on May 1. Sondak’ s office will be located at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City; as of May 1 she can be reached at rsondak@episcopalchurch.org

Raphaelle Sondak has been named the Episcopal Church Director of Human Resources, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. “I was very impressed with Raphaelle’s background in employee relations and leadership development,” noted the Rev. Deacon
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The Rev. Leslie Nunez Steffensen has been named the Canon to the Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

In this full-time position, Steffensen works with Bishop Carl Wright, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries and among her duties are the direct administrative support of Episcopal priests who serve as federal chaplains in the Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs hospital centers and Federal Bureau of Prisons.  She assists the Bishop Suffragan in the recruitment, support and care of these chaplains.

"This ministry to our Federal Chaplains draws upon my experience in the US Navy, upon hard-won knowledge as a military spouse, upon my international experience, and upon my priesthood," said Steffensen. "The Episcopal Church currently has 110 Federal Chaplains stationed all around the world. I am honored to serve and support my fellow priests in their call to ministry in difficult settings, whether at sea on a battleship, on a battlefield, at a remote duty station, in a prison, or in a hospital."

After graduating from Officer Candidate School and completing studies at the Navy and Marine Intelligence Training Center in 1989, she was on active duty for four years as a Naval Aviation Intelligence Officer, "chasing Soviet submarines at the end of the Cold War," she adds. Steffensen later served as a Volunteer for Mission, the Episcopal Church's program for adult volunteers. She was the Academic Dean and instructor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Msalato Theological College in Dodoma, Tanzania.

Most recently, she was assistant to the rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria ,VA. Prior to that, she was Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary.

For the Episcopal Church, she served on the Bishop for Armed Forces and Federal Ministries Interviewing Committee; the Disciplinary Committee, Diocese of Virginia; and

Co-Editor for The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion.

She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, with a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Theological Studies; and The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD with a Bachelor’s in International Studies.

Steffensen is based in in Washington DC. She can be contacted at lsteffensen@episcopalchurch.org.

 

The Rev. Leslie Nunez Steffensen has been named the Canon to the Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. In this full-time position, Steffensen works with Bishop Carl

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