The board of directors of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation (EGR) on May 14 announced the Rev. Devon Anderson has been named executive director, replacing the Rev. Michael Kinman, as of May 15.
EGR is a grassroots organization that uses the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to organize Episcopalians to eradicate world poverty.
"It's about building leadership and leadership capacity in the church, and trying to set measurable goals and strategies organized around global policy," said Anderson in a telephone interview, adding that she is excited to work with EGR and its board in this mission.
"In my theology, promises made to the poor are particularly sacred. I think we've reached a defining moment in our church. We could decide as a church to move on to the next thing, or we could follow through on the promises we've made to the poor. I am confident the church will redouble its efforts."
Anderson said she feels her previous work--both in the church and in government--has prepared her for this position.
"Devon combines experience at the local and national church level with experience in Washington, D.C., and in community organizing. But most important is her passion for the MDGs and the mission of EGR," said John Hammock, board president, in a news release.
Anderson, 42, has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master's in divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She was ordained a deacon in 1997 and a priest in 1998.
About 20 years ago, Anderson served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI). From 1998 to 2007, she served as an associate rector, first at St. Clare of Assisi in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and then at St. John the Baptist in Minneapolis. Within the Episcopal Church, she has served on a number of committees and national bodies including a six-year term on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (2003-09).
For the last two years, Anderson has led the Diocese of Minnesota in its initiative to mobilize congregations around the MDGs.
She also serves on the leadership team for the Episcopal public narrative project which will teach the art of using personal narrative to deputies attending General Convention July 8-17 in Anaheim, California.
Anderson is the daughter of House of Deputies President