Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has announced the retirement of John E. Colón as the Episcopal Church’s director of human resources, a position he has held since 1989.

“John has served the church as a member of the staff of four presiding bishops,” Bishop Curry said. “What a tenure of service and witness! We will miss his kind, faithful, and delightful presence, but we thank God that we have served with him. As was said when John Glenn was about to orbit the earth, we say now, ‘Godspeed’ John Colón.”

“It has been a privilege and an honor to have served at the churchwide offices for more than 28 years under four presiding bishops and with current and former colleagues,” Colón said. “Be assured that as the Jesus Movement continues to revive us in this Church, I will be there walking alongside you in prayer, action, and thanksgiving.”

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Colón joined the staff of the Episcopal Church in September 1988 and was named director of human resources in June 1989. Before working for the Episcopal Church, Colón was corporate secretary, director of personnel, and director of the youth program for Christian Herald Children’s Home, and Bowery Mission and Young Men’s Home in New York City.

He has taught courses as a lead adjunct instructor at Cornell University-NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations and as an adjunct faculty member at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is a program coordinator for Camp Viva (Family Services of Westchester), where he began serving in 2001.

Colón will retire on Feb. 28. In his retirement, he will provide consultant services focused on diversity, inclusion, and managing difference in varied organizational systems.

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