Presiding Bishop announces communication transition

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Posted Jun 14, 2018

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry announces that with the election of the Rev. Michael Hunn, canon to the Presiding Bishop for ministry within the Episcopal Church, as bishop of the Diocese of Rio Grande, the canon’s role is being re-defined and the Office of Communication will transition to reporting through the Rev. Deacon Geoffrey Smith, chief operating officer.

“Canon Hunn has significantly strengthened the communication team and broadened communications channels into digital and social media. He has successfully shifted the focus of our communications towards evangelism, and strengthened the Office of Communication’s relationships with diocesan communicators.  His work in this area has been invaluable.” Curry said.  “With our communications strategy now well defined, and with some changes to the canon’s role, we needed to restructure the canon’s job description. Geof’s proven track record of managing operational functions and his close working relationship with me should help the Communication team continue to succeed in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

Hunn will retain responsibility for communication work through General Convention as Smith comes up to speed on the work and needs of the department.  Smith will begin work to reimagine the role or roles needed for a public affairs officer and director of communication.

The revised canon to the Presiding Bishop for ministry within the Episcopal Church position description and posting will be released shortly.


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