Statement from House of Deputies President-elect Gay Jennings

Posted Jul 10, 2012

Gay Jennings

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Statement from the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, clerical deputy, Diocese of Ohio, on her election on July 10 as President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church.

I am honored to have been chosen by my colleagues in the House of Deputies as their next president, and I’m grateful to all of the people across the church—deputies, bishops, and many other leaders—who have expressed their confidence in me and shared their ideas. I’m especially grateful to Deputy Martha Alexander and Deputy Frank Logue for offering their gifts to the church, and I look forward to working with them during the next triennium.

I am a priest, ordained in 1979, born and raised and ordained in the Diocese of Central New York, and an eight-time deputy from the Diocese of Ohio. I stood for election as president of the House of Deputies because I believe that God is calling me to work with leaders across the church to change the way we do business in the next triennium. For the Episcopal Church to matter in the 21st century, we have to find ways to move forward together.

As president of the House of Deputies, I intend to foster the leadership of young people, people of color, and others who have not always been at the table. I have strong relationships with many bishops, and I look forward to working with the House of Bishops for wholeness, reconciliation and justice that will benefit the entire Episcopal Church.


Comments (9)

  1. Jamel K Shimpfky says:

    Hallelujah!!!!!! Congratulations to a vibrant, energetic, creative voice to lead us
    into the new future. This is the day the Lord has made!!!!!

  2. Delois Ward says:

    God blessing and God Speed as you take on this new phase of your ministry.

  3. Denise Miller says:

    You will be fabulous. How can St. Hubert’s help you? Call on us for anything!!

  4. Linda Northcraft says:

    Congratulations from the Diocese of Michigan

  5. Lester V Mackenzie says:

    Congratulations indeed President-Elect Jennings and we look forward to taking this journey with you.
    Peace and love from the Diocese of Los Angeles.

  6. (The Rev.) Charles Grover says:

    From another former Central New Yorker, I am so pleased! Congratulations and thank you for all your service to us. – Charlie Grover

    1. blair frodelius says:

      Rev. Grover, would you please email me at blair (at) frodelius (dot) com? I went to Manlius Pebble Hill with your son Dave.


  7. Jess Petty says:

    Congratulations and best wishes as you begin this new ministry. I admire your courage in accepting this challenging opportunity. You will be in our prayers and even though I am happily retired, if I can ever be of assistance to you, don’t hestate to ask.
    Peace and blessings, Jess

  8. Fran Toy says:

    Dear Gay,
    I echo everything that has been said, especially what Jess Petty wrote.
    Blessings, my friend!

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