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Staff Announcements from Bishop Jolly

Dear Ones,

I write today with great joy in my heart in recognizing that I have been serving alongside you in the Diocese of Ohio for a year now. We are putting in the work to listen and hear the ways God is calling us to live out our lives in community and come together as a part of the body of Christ. With that in mind, I am delighted to share news of how that is currently manifesting in the diocese. The Rev. Aaron Gerlach, the Rev. Bryan Gillooly, and Ms. Miriam McKenney are joining the bishop’s staff, and the Rev. Rosalind Hughes is expanding her role. We have also hired Mr. Jay Gillett and Mr. Darien McCoy at Bellwether Farm.

As previously announced, the Rev. Margaret D’Anieri, Canon for Mission and Transition, will be retiring on March 31. We have been working on transitioning her many areas of ministry to new staff for several months. With great intentionality to create a space of discernment, listening, and planning about what mission means in the Diocese of Ohio, the following positions on the bishop’s staff are 6-month interim positions. This allows us the ability to continue to learn and discern what kind of staffing we need in order to live into that call to serve.

The Rev. Rosalind Hughes has accepted a new role as Interim Canon for Mission. This position will migrate over the current work she has been doing as Missioner for Peace as well as discerning and developing systems and structures to ensure clergy and lay people have the training, tools, and intersectional connections necessary to engage in transformational peace and justice ministries in their own unique contexts. She will continue in her role serving as rector at Epiphany, Euclid.

The Rev. Aaron Gerlach has joined the bishop’s staff as Interim Missioner for Innovation and Transition. Aaron began this work on a limited basis in February and will become part-time in June. In this position, he will work closely with the Rev. Jessie Gutgsell Dodson, Canon to the Ordinary, and the Rev. Audra Abt, Canon for Innovation and Congregational Development, to support congregations through transitions and foster imaginative and innovative ministries. Aaron has served as a priest in the Diocese of Ohio since 2009, serving at St. Mark’s, Sidney, and is now at Old Trinity, Tiffin, where he will continue to serve as rector while in this role. His leadership on the community kitchen project in Tiffin is an excellent example of the kind of work we are excited to see brought further into the diocese. He also brings his wisdom and experience of working as a search consultant in the diocese for many years.

The Rev. Bryan Gillooly will join as the Interim Archdeacon on March 18. In this role, Bryan will work with Rosalind and will equip and form the deacons of the Diocese of Ohio to serve as leaders and collaborators in creating connective opportunities for peace, justice, and care throughout the diocese. Ordained in 1992, as one of six of the Diocese of Ohio’s first vocational deacons, Bryan has served at Trinity Cathedral; St. Luke’s, Cleveland; St. Thomas, Berea; and on several diocesan commissions and committees. His leadership in Cleveland’s non-profit sector has involved directing agencies and programs related to hunger, housing, and homelessness and he will continue to serve as executive director of a west side community development corporation.

Also beginning on March 18, Ms. Miriam McKenny will join us as the Interim Missioner for Beloved Community, serving with the Interim Canon for Mission and me to learn, audit, and build clarity around the mission and vision of our diocese as it relates to racial reconciliation and healing. She will also help equip congregations to become active and reconciling members of the Beloved Community, sharing the Good News of Christ in the world. Miriam currently serves on the staff at the Diocese of Southern Ohio as Director of Dismantling Racism and will continue to do so. She is also on staff at Forward Movement as Director of Mission. This is a great example of how we can partner with Bishop Kristin Uffelman White and the Diocese of Southern Ohio in ministry with the mentality of being “Episcopalians in Ohio.”

At Bellwether Farm, Mr. Jay Gillet joined as The Farm-to-Table Director in mid-February, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the fruit & produce farm, as well as the Bellwether Farm culinary program. Jay has more than 30 years of experience in the food services industry, including previous roles as Executive Chef and Culinary Instructor. He also owned and operated a small tomato farm in Branson, MO called The Tomato House, which included a farmstand and bakery.

Mr. Darien McCoy has accepted the role of Bellwether Hospitality Associate and Summer Camp Coordinator, beginning on March 18. Key areas of responsibility for this position include providing a ministry of hospitality for all guests at Bellwether Farm and to work with our Canon for Formation, the Rev. Anna Sutterisch, to design, develop, and manage a summer camp program that meets the developmental needs of campers while fulfilling Bellwether’s mission. Darien comes to us from the Diocese of Southern Ohio previously serving as the Director of Children and Youth Formation at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Columbus and Camp Coordinator of Procter Center in London, Ohio.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming each of these individuals as they join us in this work. Also, please remember to mark your calendars to attend the celebration of shared ministry with the Rev. Margaret D’Anieri on April 20 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Bellwether Farm. We have much to be thankful for!

God’s Peace,

The Rt. Rev. Anne B Jolly
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

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