– Hi, I’m Bishop Brian. Couple of significant staff transitions are headed for us as a diocesan staff. I wanted to make you aware of those today. July 6, we will be welcoming Jon Humber to our diocesan staff as a parish support specialist. Jon’s face will be the first face you see when you enter our building here on Episcopal School Way. Jon joins us, he’s a member of the cathedral, sings in the choir there and will be joining us on July 6. We’re excited about this addition to our staff. He will be that primary interface supporting parishes in a variety of ways and their interaction with diocesan staff and diocesan ministries. So you’ll hear more about Jon in the coming days and see him both here at diocesan house and throughout the life of the diocese. So a big welcome to Jon Humber.
Also a significant transition, Laura Nichols, who this coming October will have been here 16 years as executive assistant for Bishop vonRosenberg, for Bishop Young, and also for me will be retiring at the end of August. So Laura has done great work in this office and around the diocese, supporting ministry, clergy conferences, convention, variety of efforts, and has been a significant anchor of this staff for many, many years. She’ll be retiring at the end of August. We will encourage folks, if you want to make a gift in honor of her service here, to make a contribution to the Family Justice Center here in Knoxville. At the end of this video, we will have an address for how to make a gift to that effort. I would encourage you again to be thankful for her good work and good service and to honor her in this way with supporting the work of the Family Justice Center.
Again, your diocesan staff, increasingly we are in the building and back in the full swing of things in post-COVID and in preparation for fall and coming diocesan convention at Johnson City in early 2022.
It’s a joy to serve you, a joy to work with you. Continue to keep your diocesan staff, and your clergy, and lay leaders across the diocese in your prayers as we continue to be people reconciling all things together in Christ in this diocese across this region. Thank you.