Bronwyn Clark Skov named program officer for lifelong Christian formation and youth

May 28, 2009

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has named Bronwyn Clark Skov as program officer for lifelong Christian formation and youth for The Episcopal Church.

"Bronwyn's background in youth ministry will provide insights into opportunities for the Episcopal Church to reach out and connect with today's youth in today's society," said the Rev. Robert Honeychurch, interim director of the Episcopal Church's Evangelism and Congregational Life Center. "The program officer for lifelong Christian formation and youth is a key member of Evangelism and Congregational Life Center."

Working in a team setting, in her new position Skov will be responsible for coordinating the overall lifelong formation ministry work at the Episcopal Church Center. She will also develop youth formation resources using in web, print and multimedia tools; build collaborative working relationships with constituents and networks; and coordinate youth events with a theological understanding. She will be responsible for overall coordination of the lifelong Christian formation staff.

Skov is currently the canon missioner for leadership development in the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota.

"Having worked in congregational, community, regional, diocesan and provincial youth ministry settings, I am concerned that we are stuck in old models for ministry that are becoming more and more impotent in this post-modern, post-Christian era," she wrote in her application letter. "I see great hope in reclaiming youth ministry and faith formation as a primary tool for evangelism in this new century."

Previously, Skov held youth ministry positions in Episcopal churches in Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in Minnesota and a certificate in Youth Ministry and Theology from Princeton Youth Forums, a program of Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey.

She begins her duties July 1 and will attend the 76th General Convention in Anaheim, California, July 8-17. Skov, who lives with her husband and sons in rural Minnesota near Miesville, said she will be setting up a virtual office and is preparing to travel frequently.