Bishop-elect Burgess is pleased to announce that Ms. Erin McCrary will begin her tenure as Executive Assistant to the Diocesan Bishop beginning June 8th. With this appointment being canonically approved by Diocesan Council during their May 13th regular meeting, Erin enters into a professional relationship with our Diocese as a full-time Diocesan Assistant (Canon 29.6).
Erin has held various leadership roles within the Diocese of Springfield, which include serving as Senior Warden of her parish (St. John’s, Centralia) as well as Synod Delegate and Deanery Representative, Parish 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, concerning herself with the liturgy and the fully scripted service book for the Mass of Consecration. Erin is faithful, bright, highly professional, respected and celebrated throughout our Diocese.
Erin has earned an Associates of Arts degree from Kaskaskia College in Centralia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign. She has succeeded as a business analyst, manager of annual giving and coordinator of donor relations for both not-for-profit and for-profit institutions. Most recently, Erin has offered her extensive talent as a development consultant and grant writer for Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Administrative Assistant to the Diocesan Bishop will concern herself with the orderly support of that apostolic ministry in this historic Diocese. 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. The Executive Assistant to the Bishop is often the first point of contact for those seeking to engage our Church at the Diocesan level and the personality that reflects the particular spirituality of the Anglican Communion.
In her own words, Erin shared with Bishop-elect Burgess how she finds “having the opportunity to support various church functions from worship services to working with the people of the church and Diocese extremely rewarding.”
Erin plans to move to the Springfield area some time after the Mass of episcopal consecration in order to be an in-office presence on a full-time basis. Please keep Erin and the mission of our Diocese in your evening prayer. Specifically, that we may never be destitute of such gifts.