Matthew Buccheri named Long Island canon for ministry development and parish support

Posted Jun 8, 2016

Matthew Buccheri

[Episcopal Diocese of Long Island] The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, announced the appointment today of Matthew Buccheri to the position of canon for ministry development and parish support.

Buccheri will be principally focused on the support and encouragement of the local congregation. He will work closely with clergy and lay leadership, providing support, resources, and insights that will encourage the spiritual and organizational health of the parishes of the diocese.

His work will be especially focused on new and redeveloping congregations, aided parishes, and working with diocesan missioners.

Provenzano said, “Matthew is a proven leader with twenty years of ministry experience providing resources and practical ideas in support of the ministry of the church. His addition to the bishop’s senior staff comes to the Diocese of Long Island as we take the next steps in ministry development across the diocese. His call is to encourage a vision of congregational life that is spiritually vibrant, mission-focused, and fully alive in the local community.”

Buccheri was previously an ordained Presbyterian minister and served at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Since becoming an Episcopalian, he has received an S.T.M. from General Theological Seminary and is currently a postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of New York.  He has worked in church planting and has been a coach to church planters and church re-developers in the New York City area.  He is the co-founder and Consulting-Director of Fifth Act Church Planting.

Buccheri said, “As a native Brooklynite, I am excited to bring my ministry development experience and partner with the clergy and lay leaders for the benefit of the Diocese of Long Island.”

Buccheri began his position on June 6.