Celebrating Black Voices In The Episcopal Church

In celebration of Black History Month, Church Pension Group’s (CPG) People of African Descent affinity group hosted an honest conversation with five Black leaders who serve The Episcopal Church. Collectively, their service to the Church spans more than 150 years, and each of them continues to serve in ways that make a difference.

The conversation explored the panel’s experiences and thoughts around Becoming Beloved Community; examine themes around social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion; and discuss the challenges and opportunities they see in a predominantly white Church.

Replay the February 28, 2022 event:

 

Welcome/Opening Prayer

Kimtoya Williams (Moderator)
Assistant Manager Digital Production
Chairperson, People of African Descent Affinity Group
Church Pension Group

The Reverend Canon Anne Mallonee
Chief Ecclesiastical Officer
Church Pension Group

Panelists

The Right Reverend Dr. Nathan Baxter
Senior Adjunct Professor of Practice
Lancaster Theological Seminary

Patricia Favreau
Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
Church Pension Group

The Reverend Glenna J. Huber
Rector
The Church of the Epiphany (Washington, DC)

The Honorable Byron Rushing
Vice President
House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church

The Very Reverend Sandye Wilson
Dean
The Cathedral Church of All Saints (St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands)
Member, The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees

Opening Prayer

The Reverend Canon Anne Mallonee
Chief Ecclesiastical Officer
Church Pension Group

The Reverend Canon Anne Mallonee is Executive Vice President and Chief Ecclesiastical Officer for CPG. She serves as an ambassador for CPG and is a key advisor to the organization. She joined CPG in 2014.

Immediately prior to joining CPG, she served as Vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City for ten years. Ordained for over 30 years, her ministry has been at the diocesan level and in campus, parish, and cathedral settings.

She holds a BA from the University of Kansas and an MDiv from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University.

Welcoming Remarks and Moderator

Kimtoya Williams
Assistant Manager Digital Production
Chairperson, People of African Descent Affinity Group
Church Pension Group

Kimtoya serves as Assistant Manager Digital Production where her primary responsibility is to use a variety of multimedia platforms to create and design PowerPoint presentations, print, and digital graphics. As a member of the Presentation Guild with more than 20 years of experience in graphic design, communications, and marketing, she also provides project management support. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Church Pension Group’s President’s Award for Exceptional Service to the Organization. Prior to joining CPG, she managed the creative teams at various financial institutions including Morgan Stanley Prime Brokerage.

Kimtoya serves as the Chairperson of the People of African Descent affinity group, where she helps lead the development of presentations and activities that educate and inform employees about the culture of the African diaspora.

Panelists

The Right Reverend Dr. Nathan D. Baxter
Senior Adjunct Professor of Practice
Lancaster Theological Seminary

The Right Reverend Dr. Nathan D. Baxter serves as Senior Adjunct Professor of Practice at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Previously, he served as Bishop of the Central Pennsylvania Episcopal Diocese and as Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

An in-demand preacher, theologian, and professor, he has taught at, among others, Harvard Divinity School, Virginia Theological Seminary, Princeton University, and the Episcopal Divinity School, and has served as Acting President and Dean of Lancaster Theological Seminary. He has received numerous awards from universities, colleges, and seminaries including eight honorary degrees and 11 distinguished medals and citations. He has been married to Mary Ellen Baxter for 52 years. 

Patricia Favreau
Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Church Pension Group

Patricia Favreau serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of the Church Pension Group. She is responsible for CPG’s communication, research, and web strategies. She also oversees institutional relationship management and the Recorder of Ordination functions assigned to CPF by the General Convention. She joined CPG in 2008.

Prior to joining CPG, she served as President of Redscout, a brand strategy, consulting, and product development firm with clients ranging from not-for-profits to major international companies. Before that, she worked at New York Life, where she managed new market development, product positioning, and customer relationship management as Chief Marketing Officer of its U.S. Life & Annuity business.

She holds a BA from Amherst College and a JD degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

The Reverend Glenna J. Huber
Rector
The Church of the Epiphany
(Washington, DC)

The Reverend Glenna J. Huber is the 15th Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, D.C. Before joining Epiphany, she served as Vicar at the Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Baltimore. She has also served as a consultant for urban congregations on the efficacy of community organizing in congregational development.

For the past 20 years, Reverend Huber has served in a number of ordained pastoral roles in Baltimore, Atlanta, and Washington D.C., including ecumenical and educational positions. This range in ministry has provided her with the opportunity to offer pastoral care and counsel to teachers, seniors, and parents, and students from preschool to high school.

She has experience working in a variety of communities ranging from suburban affluent neighborhoods to underserved and economically depressed environments.

In relationship to her capacity within the church, Reverend Huber is a sought-out lecturer and has addressed subjects ranging from leadership in the church and in the community to faith and justice and systemic injustice, including urban poverty, education, housing, redlining, and how the church can respond to issues affecting our community, to racism and reconciliation.

Reverend Huber received a Master of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary (New York) and her undergraduate degree in history from Spelman College (Georgia).

She is married to Richard, and they have two children, two dogs, and lots of fish.

The Honorable Byron Rushing
Vice President
House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church

Byron Rushing served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1983 to 2018, where his priorities were civil and human rights; local community, economic and housing development; and housing and healthcare for all. He was a leader of the Commonwealth’s anti-apartheid efforts and a sponsor of its twinning relationship with the Eastern Cape province in South Africa. Byron was an original sponsor of the gay rights bill and the chief sponsor of the law to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public schools. He was one of the leaders in the constitutional convention to maintain same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. He successfully co-sponsored the transgender civil rights bills. 

During 1972 to 1985, he was President of the Museum of Afro-American History, when the Museum purchased and began the restoration of the African Meeting House, the oldest extant Black church building in the United States. In 1979, Byron oversaw the lobbying effort in Congress to establish the Boston African American National Historical Site, a component of the National Park Service. 

During the 1960s he was active in the civil rights movement—working for CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and for the Northern Student Movement. He directed a group of organizers, Roxbury Associates, who helped to found the Lower Roxbury Community Corporation, one of the first CDCs in the nation.

Byron has been a lay deputy to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church since 1973, the chaplain to its House of Deputies in 1994—the first layperson to hold this position. He was elected Vice-President of the House of Deputies in 2012. He is a founding member of the Episcopal Urban Caucus.

The Very Rev. Sandye Wilson
Dean, The Cathedral Church of All Saints
(St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands)
Member, The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees

The Very Rev. Sandye Wilson serves as Dean of The Cathedral Church of All Saints in the Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands. She is also serving her first term as a member of The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees and serves on the Investment and Audit Committees.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she is an Episcopal Priest who has led congregations and institutions for over four decades. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Saint Augustine’s University and as Rector of parishes in the Dioceses of Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Newark, and New Jersey. She has been the National President of the Union of Black Episcopalians, President of Province VI of The Episcopal Church, a longtime Member of Executive Council, and Senior Deputy to General Convention.

Dean Wilson has served as an Acting University Chaplain and Lecturer in Ethics at Vassar College; and as an Adjunct Faculty member at Yale University Divinity School, Iliff School of Theology at the University of Denver, University of Minnesota Graduate School of Liberal Studies, and Seabury-Western Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program. She is also a trained professional executive and life coach, and a consultant to various organizations and individuals on systems, conflict, transitions, moral courage, spirituality, and the transformation of society. She was awarded an honorary DD from St. Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, Virginia, and studied at Goethe Institutes in Germany, the University of Vienna, Austria, and as a John M. Allin Fellow at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland.

She holds a DMin and an MBA from The Graduate Theological Foundation, an MSWSIFI from Fordham University, an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, and a BA from Vassar College.