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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.

 

 

Hannah Dallman, Communications Coordinator
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Hannah brings a varied interdisciplinary background to this ministry. A storyteller and filmmaker by training, she has had numerous short films screened at regional as well as international film festivals, from Kankakee to Mumbai. In addition to her narrative work, Hannah’s work as an independent producer and director includes both internal corporate work as well as video identity pieces for businesses. She has teaching experience in film and the arts both at the undergraduate level all the way through to early-childhood. She has served in non-profit management at arts presenters and theaters in Minneapolis and New York. Ms. Dallman holds an MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA from Macalester College in St Paul, MN.

Hannah is married to Fr. Matthew C. Dallman Obl.S.B., and together they five children, Twyla, Isadora, Oona, Marla, and Martin, with a sixth due in November. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and cooking when she’s not outside at the beach or in the woods with the kids. She is currently training as a Level I catechist for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

 

 

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.

 

Rod Matthews, Treasurer
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Rod was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1992 at All Saints, Frederick, MD. He served on the Vestry at St Paul’s, Murfreesboro, TN. He completed Cursillo in the Episcopal Diocese of TN in the spring of 1997.  A member of Christ the King, Normal for many years, he served multiple terms on Christ the King’s Mission Leadership Team and served as Rector’s/Senior Warden 3 times. He also has served the Diocese of Springfield as a member of the Diocesan Council, a Synod delegate, a Deanery representative, and member of the Standing Committee, and as a delegate to the Nominating and Election Synods for the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield. In 2020-21 he was co-chair of the Bishop Election Committee. Elected Treasurer of the Diocese of Springfield in 2015 by the Diocesan Synod, he continues to serve in that role.

A native of Virginia, Matthews received a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. He earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1985.Rod retired from State Farm Insurance Companies in 2014 after 38 years of service. He began with the company in 1979 in the Charlottesville, Va. office and held a variety of positions, including those at the senior executive level, in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, and Illinois.

Matthews is a past chair and director on the board of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). In addition, he served on the boards of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).

Rod recently moved to Florida with Dee, his wife of 41 years. Rod and Dee have two sons, David and Michael.