Transition Missioner Stays Put

Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has named the Rev. Meghan Froehlich as missioner for transition ministry, a member of his staff, following an extensive churchwide search. She has served as acting missioner for transition ministry since January 2015.

“During her time as acting missioner, Meghan has been a great support to the transition officers as well as clergy and laity in transition in the Episcopal Church,” Bishop Curry said. “She is also a master when it comes to talking to computers — that’s a rare combination and we are blessed and grateful that she is going to continue in this work.”

“I am honored to serve on the presiding bishop’s staff and to support the work of dioceses, bishops, the Board for Transition Ministry, transition ministers, and all those in discernment and transition,” Froehlich said.

Froehlich was recommended by a search committee:

  • Judy Stark, Diocese of Southwest Florida, chairwoman, Board of Transition Ministry
  • Michael Spencer, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of East Michigan, and vice chairman, Board of Transition Ministry
  • Denise Obando, transition minister, Diocese of California
  • Karen Olson, missioner for ministry, Diocese of Minnesota
  • The Rev. Canon James Pritchett, Jr., canon to the ordinary and transition ministry officer, Diocese of Western North Carolina
  • John E. Colón, the Episcopal Church’s human resources director (ex officio)
  • The Rev. Canon Michael B. Hunn, canon to the presiding bishop for ministries within the Episcopal Church (ex officio)
  • Bronwyn Clark Skov, team leader, the Episcopal Church’s formation and congregational development and youth ministries officer (ex officio, committee facilitator)

“We’re delighted that Meghan has been chosen as the permanent missioner,” Stark said. “She is an experienced, invaluable resource and friend to the transition community. We look forward to working with her to serve and support that community and to develop creative strategies at a time of interesting challenges and great opportunities in the church today.”

As missioner for transition ministry, her duties include overseeing the programmatic, managerial and budgetary responsibilities for the Episcopal Church’s Office of Transition Ministry, working with clergy, dioceses, transition ministers throughout the church, and laity.

She will also analyze the employment needs and trends in the Episcopal Church in order to plan strategically and offer recommendations for transition ministry programs to enhance the ministry of transition with an emphasis on spiritual health and wellness.

Before her service as acting missioner, Froehlich was interim canon to the ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and has served as the rector or assistant rector of churches in the dioceses of Dallas, Ohio, and Western North Carolina. She has also been a chaplain, a faculty member of Fresh Start, a consultant, and executive leadership coach.

She holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Divinity School of Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Old Dominion University in Virginia. She was ordained to the priesthood in June 2000 in the Diocese of Western North Carolina. She will work from Ohio.

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