Diocese Welcomes the Rev. Kathleen Walker as New Missioner for Black Ministries
By Diocesan House
The Diocese welcomes the Rev. Kathleen Walker as the Missioner for Black Ministries for the Diocese of North Carolina.
Walker’s is a new position created following a desire of diocesan leadership to support more fully our congregations of color and work collaboratively to implement programs for congregational vitality. The scope of work for the new missioner is the result of many voices, including an advisory council and those with whom Walker will be working most closely.
“We are delighted and blessed Kathleen is joining our staff,” said the Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman. “So much of this new position will be about building relationships and partnerships. It is how the position was approached from the start, and with her extensive experience in community work and as a longtime leader in her church, I am eager to see both Kathleen and the congregations she works with thrive.”
Walker’s responsibilities will focus on the vitality of historically Black congregations by helping to weave their diversity into a closer bond of inclusion with other parishes and the Diocese. The goal is to ensure all predominantly Black congregations have the best opportunity to make the fullest use of the resources of their parishes, partnerships and the diocese.
“Our diocese have been blessed by the leadership of people of color from the time of the Rt. Rev. Henry Beard Delany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to that of our own Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, today,” said the Rev. Canon David Sellery, diocesan canon for congregational mission. “We are very excited for Kathleen to build on that legacy of leadership in inspiring profound faith, hope and charity in this important work and ministry.”
Walker currently serves as the associate rector for pastoral care and parish life at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Florida, though her call to church leadership and ministry is one she has answered her entire life. Prior to becoming a member of the clergy, over her lifetime she has served as a licensed lay reader, a lay Eucharistic minister, vestry member and church officer. She was instrumental in the founding of the David Henry Brooks chapter of Union of Black Episcopalians in the Diocese of Florida, and while serving as its president organized multiple forums about the future of Black churches.
She believes strongly in the honoring and continuity of Black churches and hopes in her new role to help as many as possible not only survive, but flourish. She also wants to work with congregations to deepen their churches’ roots in the communities they already serve so well, and build leadership opportunities in the Church for future generations.
"Kathleen's experience in leading organizations through change and transformation, both outside the church and within the church, as a lay leader for many years, and now as an ordained leader, will bring additional strength to our staff team,” said Rodman. “Her enthusiasm for our congregations and for the work of Becoming Beloved Community is inspiring."
Walker begins her tenure with the Diocese in early February.
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