The Rev. Gary England

deacongaryengland@gmail.com
Business Consultant | Working Group for Congregational Ministries


On January 1, the Rev. Gary England began his diaconal appointment as Business Consultant on the Bishop’s staff as part of the Working Group for Congregational Ministries and in collaboration with the Finance Working Group. Gary’s ministry will be to assist leadership throughout the diocese in enhancing business acumen by assessing current needs, identifying skills and resources, and establishing mechanisms for collaboratively sharing and deploying these skills and resources among congregations and institutions. Areas might include HR, facilities management, financial and strategic planning, vestry development, and legal issues. 

Gary Wm England was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Kentucky in August 2011 and became resident in the Diocese of California in 2020.  He is married to John Reliford and has three children Ana, 23, Jimmy, 26, and Adrian, 29. Gary is a native of Alabama and until his relocation to the Bay Area in 2018, he lived in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.  Gary is an attorney admitted to the bar in all these states and spent his 40+ year career as a business attorney and Human Resources professional. Gary retired as General Counsel of a large private investment firm in June 2018 but continues to work part time as an arbitrator and as GC and HR Consultant for a few long-term clients. In addition to parish liturgical and pastoral duties, as Deacon, Gary has worked with parishes to accomplish visioning and strategic planning, dealing with organizational restructuring and human resources issues, as well as planning stewardship campaigns and mission and outreach initiatives.