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The Right Reverend Brian Kendall Burgess, Bishop
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The Rt. Rev. Brian K. Burgess is the Twelfth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield. He was ordained and consecrated a bishop and seated within the Cathedral Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Springfield, Illinois, on May 21, 2022.

A native of Southwest Florida, Bishop Burgess grew up attending Episcopal day schools and public schools while singing in an Anglican choir of men and boys. He attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he received a B.S. in Music Education. Before attending seminary, Bishop Burgess served as a law enforcement officer for the Lee County Port Authority Police Department.

Bishop Burgess attended seminary at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, (MDiv., cum laude). As priest, he has served parishes within the Dioceses of Southwest Florida, Louisiana and New Jersey. Throughout these tenures, he served on diocesan council, standing committee, ecumenical and inter-faith relations committee, the Episcopal Community Services board, clerical compensation committee, and fifteen (nonconsecutive) years as dean of a three-county deanery of parishes and missions.

Bishop Burgess is married to his college sweetheart, Denise Lee (née Swing), and together they have two grown children, Robert Kendall and Catherine Marian.

 

The Reverend Canon Mark Evans, Canon-to-the-Ordinary
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Canon Mark was ordained priest in 2009.  For a time he was on staff at Nashotah House Seminary, where he had received his MDiv.  In 2011 he was called as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, IL and served until 2020.  In early 2020, he was appointed Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese.  Prior to seminary, Canon Mark worked as an investment professional for 25 years.

Father Mark is married to Sandy Moore and they have three adult daughters and two grandchildren.

 

 

Zachary Buscher, Communications Coordinator
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Zachary Buscher is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University with a BA in Biblical Studies. He currently lives in Lincoln, IL with his wife Bethany. Before his time in the Anglican Communion, he was a part of the United Methodist Church where he served as a worship leader for five years. The pair currently attend Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, IL.

Zach’s interests include reading, photography, baking, and playing instruments. Together, they enjoy traveling to national parks, taking walks around their neighborhood, and working in their local community garden.

 

 

 

Erin McCrary, Executive Assistant to the Bishop
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Erin has served both not-for-profit and for-profit institutions, with experience as a business analyst, manager of annual giving, development coordinator, manager of donor relations and grant writer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Erin’s various leadership roles within the Diocese of Springfield include serving as Senior Warden of her parish St. John’s, Centralia for two different terms. She has also served as a Synod Delegate, Deanery Representative, Office Administrator of St. Michael’s Church in O’Fallon, Lay Director of the Cursillo Secretariat, and most recently as a member of the XII Bishop Transition Committee, where she led organizing the liturgy and creating the fully scripted service book for the Mass of Consecration.

As Executive Assistant to the Diocesan Bishop, she is responsible for the orderly support of that apostolic ministry in this historic Diocese of Springfield. Specifically, keeping his calendar, administrating the functioning of the Diocesan office, maintaining all databases and files, assisting with Diocesan communications, administering all correspondence while supporting the mission of our Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, Investment Fund trustees as well as other Diocesan boards, chapters, ministries, and offices that exist under the Diocesan Bishop’s shield.

 

Gerry Smith, Treasurer
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Gerry was raised in the Episcopal Church being both baptized and confirmed. He has been a part of Christ the King, Normal since its formation as a mission in 1978. Gerry has served in several parish leadership positions including Senior Warden five times as well as multiple volunteer positions.

He has served on the Diocesan level in several positions including Standing Committee (currently & previously 2008-2010), Commission on Ministry (06’-09’), Deanery Representative, Synod delegate (7 times), four different terms on Diocesan Council, co-chair of Department of Mission (16’-19’), and lay deputy at General Convention four times.

Gerry was married to his wife, Linda, who passed away in March 2019. They have four adult children: Gerry III, Tony, Lindsay, and Ashley. He retired from State Farm Insurance in Bloomington after almost 20 years as a Software Solution Developer. Previously, he was an Electrical Maintenance Director at Clinton Power Station for 16 years and a former Navy Submariner.

 

The Reverend John R. Henry, Archivist

The Rev. John R. Henry is the Historiographer for the Diocese of Springfield. He is the retired Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Carlinville and St. Peter’s Episcopal Chapel in Chesterfield. He is currently a very busy supply priest in the Diocese. Fr. Henry is a graduate of Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Before entering seminary he was an educator. He has a strong interest in history and genealogy. He lives at Lake Catatoga—-south of Carlinville. Fr. John is a widower. He has 4 adult daughters and 13 grandchildren.