EES Executive Director Day Smith Pritchartt to retire

Episcopal Evangelism Society
Posted May 15, 2023

EES Executive Director Day Smith Pritchartt in Durham, NC.

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With gratitude, the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES) announced today the retirement of Executive Director Day Smith Pritchartt in early 2024. Day has served in the position since 2007.

“It has been a privilege, an honor, and lots of fun to serve in this position for so long,” said Pritchartt. “To support the work of our Board as we, along with the Episcopal Church, have evolved to a more profound understanding of Episcopal evangelism today, has been inspiring. The changes in theological education that have happened during my tenure continue to challenge us to ask where, and how, the most impactful grant work might be generated. And the opportunity to coach individual grant applicants to develop the evangelism dimension of their vocation has been deeply rewarding.”

“Day Smith Pritchartt has been a force for defining what it means to be an evangelist in the Episcopal tradition, and EES is immensely blessed to have had her at the helm for such a key moment in the history of our organization and our denomination. We are deeply grateful for her wisdom, intelligence, innovation and heart for Jesus, and will miss her very much. Day’s shoes will be tough to fill, but we are hopeful, and the search for her successor will begin soon,”  said the Rev. Canon Alissa Newton, Board Co-Chair.

“I am so grateful for Day’s leadership of EES, which has been nothing less than transformative. She has pushed me personally to think so differently about evangelism, to question my precepts, to expand my understanding of how Jesus is showing up in the world. And I know this is true for so many who have been part of EES during her tenure,” said the Rev. Philip DeVaul, Board Co-Chair. “Day always puts relationships first, working alongside our applicants and grantees with abiding faithfulness and challenging thoughtfulness. She leaves us in a position of great strength, with excitement for what’s to come, and this is a great gift, as is she.”

About the Episcopal Evangelism Society

EES supports innovative evangelism by awarding grants for projects that will share the Gospel in new and exciting ways, and support the formation of grantees as innovative evangelists. Any Episcopalian in any accredited seminary community or local formation program (ie. diocesan school, Iona Collaborative) is eligible. This includes students, faculty or staff or the Episcopalian spouse or partner of a student, faculty or staff member. Contact the Executive Director or the Multi-Cultural Missioner for coaching with your application. Get contact information, read about the grant work others have done, and download the application at