The Very Rev. Abbott Bailey


The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus has announced that the Very Rev. Abbott Bailey has been named Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of California. She begins her new ministry in the diocese in mid-February of 2018.

Bailey has served as the rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Richmond, Virginia since January 2008. In that role, she has also served as chaplain and board member at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and co-executive director of Grace-on-the-Hill, an Episcopal Service Corps Program. Prior to 2008, she was an associate rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. The Rev. Bailey received a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, Anglican Diploma from Berkeley Divinity School, and Certificate in Liturgical Studies from the Institute of Sacred Music. 

Prior to ordination, Bailey worked as an executive in several regional and statewide nonprofit organizations in the areas of community health care, health policy, and health philanthropy. She has a Master of Public Administration with honors from The George Washington University, and a B.A. from Eckerd College. She has served on the Standing Committee and the Commission on Lay Ministry in the Diocese of Virginia and is currently the Dean of the Central Richmond Region. 

"Along with this impressive background, Abbott brings a host of unique gifts to this ministry of leadership and pastoral presence. I look forward to her assisting me and the diocese as we move forward together in growing and strengthening our Beloved Community," Bishop Andrus said in a letter to the clergy.

Bailey is looking forward to beginning her new call. "I am so compelled by the vision and commitments of the Diocese of California and am beyond delighted to be joining Bishop Marc's staff and the people of the diocese in continuing such Spirit-led work in this unique corner of God’s creation," Bailey said.

Originally from West Virginia, Bailey maintains a great love of the outdoors and enjoys wandering in the wilderness, tending her “beautiful mess” of a flower garden, and taking long meandering walks with her pup, Alice.

Please check back on this page for updates regarding her pending installation as Canon to the Ordinary.