Gay Clark Jennings ~ Biography

Gay Clark Jennings ~ Biography

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President of the House of Deputies

At the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2012, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings was elected president of the House of Deputies by her peers. She is the first ordained woman to hold the position.

As president, Gay is committed to fostering a new generation of leaders in the Episcopal Church and encouraging the church to stand with children in need through the actions of General Convention and the work of Episcopalians throughout the church. She works closely with the Presiding Bishop and other church leaders for wholeness, reconciliation and justice in the Episcopal Church and the world. 

Gay is a priest, ordained in 1979, and an eight-time deputy from the Diocese of Ohio. She is also the Episcopal Church’s clergy representative to the Anglican Consultative Council. She previously served for 17 years as canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Ohio and for nine years as associate director of CREDO Institute Inc., a church wellness program.

From 2006-2012, Gay served on the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, which governs the church between General Conventions. She has held many elected and appointed leadership positions since her ordination, including chairing the General Convention legislative committees on Structure, World Mission, Communications, and Canons. She is a founding steering committee member of the Chicago Consultation, which supports the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians.

Gay is a graduate of Colgate University and Episcopal Divinity School. She lives in Sagamore Hills, Ohio (outside Cleveland) with her husband, Albert, who has been a parish priest for 35 years. They have been married for those same 35 years. Their son, Sam, lives nearby and is a sound engineer. Their beloved daughter, Lee, died in 2010.