African Descent Ministries

Discernment Academy


The Office of African Descent Ministries is working to establish churchwide and diocesan leadership opportunities through the Discernment Academy.

  • The Office of African Descent Ministries
  • Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary
  • Episcopal Bishops of African Descent
  • The Union of Black Episcopalians

The Discernment Academy focuses on encouraging and supporting persons of the Black/African Diaspora in discerning leadership roles within The Episcopal Church as a whole. Four areas of particular interest include:

Episcopacy Track
– Diocesan/ Suffragan / Assisting Bishop

Diocesan Track
– Canon to the Ordinary / Transition / Formation / Congregational Development
– Cathedral Dean
– CFO / Administrator

Academic Track
– Dean
– Campus Chaplain
– Professor

The Episcopal Church (TEC)
– Board / Agency Member
– General Convention Participant / Deputy
– Diocesan Leadership

The Rev. Canon Ronald C. Byrd Sr.

Missioner for African Descent Ministries

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