Michael Barlowe named General Convention Executive Officer

Earlier today President of the House of Deputies Gay Jennings and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announced that the Rev. Cn. Michael Barlowe, currently Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of California, will be the next General Convention Executive Officer.

From the Episcopal News Service, “Among the duties of the position are: to serve as Executive Officer for General Convention, and, if elected, as Secretary to Executive Council; to coordinate the work of the Committees, Commissions, Agencies, and Boards (CCABs) that are funded by General Convention; to supervise and manage the General Convention office staff, located at the Church Center in New York City; [and] to participate as a member of the executive oversight group of the churchwide DFMS staff.”

About the announcement the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus said, “My dominant feeling about Michael’s appointment as Executive Officer of General Convention is one of great joy for both our church and for Michael. No one could better fulfill this important role for our church than him. At the same time, I will keenly miss the close work Michael and I have done together in the Diocese of California. Michael, Paul, Sheila, and I met during the walkabouts for the election of a bishop of California when he was already on the staff of the diocese. Thus, it has been my privilege to work with him for nearly seven years.”

“Together with the whole DioHouse team and the elected leadership of the Diocese of California we have been part of a beautiful period of transformation of our diocese to more and more respond to the deepending needs of the San Francisco Bay Area,” Andrus continued. “Michael's deep intelligence, strength of character, and piety combine to make him an exemplary priest. The Episcopal Church’s gain is not really our loss — Michael has made an incalculable difference in the life of the diocese that will continue to reverberate. With the senior staff we are already working to shape the position of Canon to the Ordinary for the future so that we can provide as smooth, swift, and appropriate a transition as possible.”

About his exciting news, Canon Barlowe offered, “I feel honored to have been called to this new ministry, but am extremely sad that it means that I will no longer be ministering daily with Bishop Marc and my colleagues and friends throughout the diocese. What a great diocese this is: visionary, creative, and faithful. As I begin this new work, I look forward to sharing some of the reimagining of the church that we have pioneered in the Diocese of California. I am grateful to the bishop and to all of the diocese for the extraordinary opportunities for mission and ministry we have shared.”

Barlowe begins his new position in January 2013.