The Episcopal Church’s ministry of evangelism has taken a major step forward with the hire of Jerusalem Greer, of Greenbrier, Arkansas, as the staff officer for evangelism on the Presiding Bishop’s staff.
In this new full-time position, Greer will coordinate church-wide efforts to inspire, gather, equip, send, and celebrate Episcopalians for the ministry of evangelism and discipleship, especially through initiatives like the Way of Love, Episcopal Revivals, Evangelism 101 trainings, resource development, and many more.
“It was a great day at General Convention when we secured the funding and mandate for this position. It’s even more of a joy to now welcome Jerusalem Greer to serve as staff officer,” said The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers, canon to the Presiding Bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care. “She is an inspiring evangelist, teacher, preacher and lover of souls, and she brings a breadth of wisdom, creativity, organizational savvy and expertise that are beyond what we could’ve hoped for.”
Spellers noted that nearly 40 people applied for the position. “Evangelism is becoming a core part of our church’s life, and these evangelists are leading all of us to seek, name and celebrate Jesus’s loving presence in the stories of everyone we meet,” she said. “Everywhere we go, people are proud to announce, ‘I’m an Episcopal Evangelist.’”
Meet Ms. Greer
Greer is the minister for formation and connection at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Arkansas. For the past year, she partnered with the Presiding Bishop’s Evangelism Team, as a consulting evangelist and as a member of the working group on the Way of Love. Greer also served as the Project Evangelist for Baptized for Life: An Episcopal Discipleship Initiative from Virginia Theological Seminary, as the creator and coordinator for Forma’s Faith-at-Home resources, and as the author of multiple curricula through Forward Movement and Episcopal Relief and Development. Greer has also written two books: At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises, and A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together, both published by Paraclete Press. She is an in-demand speaker and contributor around the topics of evangelism, discipleship, welcoming former evangelicals, and ministry with families and children.