The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown has appointed the Rev. Martha G. Kirkpatrick as the next canon to the ordinary for vitality and renewal for the Episcopal Church in Delaware. She will begin her new ministry on March 1.

Kirkpatrick has served as the rector of St. Barnabas’ Church in Wilmington since June 2014. She will serve jointly as rector of St. Barnabas and canon to the ordinary through April 28.

“I am excited that Martha has said yes to this call,” Brown said. “She knows church vitality inside and out, as the parishes she has served can attest, and she has an impressive record of accomplishment in administration and legal affairs from her career before priesthood. Martha is creative, thoughtful, and prayerful, and best of all, eager to serve Jesus Christ.”

She is a graduate of Skidmore College, Harvard Divinity School, and George Washington University Law School.

Before her ordination, Kirkpatrick worked in environmental protection for federal and state governments. She was the commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and director of the Bureau of Land and Water Quality. Kirkpatrick has also worked as a staff attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Adapted from Cynde A. Bimbi, Episcopal Church in Delaware