The Office of Black Ministries seeks to inspire, transform and empower the people of the African Diaspora to live fully into the Jesus Movement.
The history of contributions to The Episcopal Church by people of the African Diaspora is long and inspiring. The Church pays tribute to this legacy by supporting and fostering the growth and development of black communities through partnerships that reach across ethnic and racial boundaries, from the Episcopal provinces, dioceses, and deaneries to local worshipping communities.
A revised biography of Absalom Jones with improved accuracy and errors removed is now available in full on the website of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. It is the official biography in Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018 (page 90).
Missional priorities of the Office of Black Ministries (OBM):
- To provide an overview of and/or processes for developing congregations’ vitality through investment in people
- To offer resources and support to congregations as they learn the skills to be adaptable and vital through modeling, mentoring, and regional events and academies
- To educate and empower congregations and leaders to engage in processes for strategic revitalization
- To offer scholarly support and mentoring
- To develop and support lay and ordained leadership
- To strengthen communities through partnerships and alliances
- To connect congregations to resources that will foster vitality
Meet the Missioner
The Rev. Ronald Byrd, Sr. serves as The Episcopal Church Missioner for Black Ministries, and is a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. In previous ministries, Ron has worked with many kinds of Black congregations where he has focused on practical leadership development and congregational vitality.