[Diocese of Virginia] Lindsay Ryland, director of transition ministry, has announced plans to retire in September 2014, after 13 years of service on diocesan staff.
Lindsay joined the staff in 2001 to serve as assistant for deployment, and became the diocesan deployment officer in 2003. She has worked with parishes in search of clergy as well as clergy in search of new ministries.
Lindsay is a member of Immanuel, Old Church, in Hanover County. Her ministry in the wider Church includes serving as a member of the Transition Ministry Conference executive committee and the Board for Transition Ministry, and as a CREDO faculty member. She is a volunteer reader at the Virginia Voice in Richmond and has served as president of the Hanover County Historical Society, as well as in a number of positions with the Mary Baldwin College Alumnae Association. Prior to joining diocesan staff, she served as a senior vice president at Bank of America.
“In her years on staff, Lindsay has built a reputation – both in Virginia and across the Episcopal Church – for excellence in ministry,” said Bishop Johnston. “She has been a pastoral and professional presence for hundreds of clergy and scores of congregations in times of transition. I am most grateful for her unique combination of passion, dedication, knowledge and skill. She has been not only a most valued colleague, but also a good friend.”
Parishes who are currently involved in search processes can be assured that they will continue to receive support from the bishop’s office as they continue their discernment in calling new clergy. The Bishop will soon start a search for a new staff member to work in the transition ministry field.