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October 30, 2017

The Rev. Ronald Byrd of Haslett, Michigan, has been named the Episcopal Church Missioner for Black Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

“I am thrilled that Ron has accepted the call to serve as the next Missioner for Black Ministries,” commented the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, Episcopal Church Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Director of Ethnic Ministries. “I am thankful for the hard work that the search committee undertook during the search process. In previous ministries, he has worked with many kinds of Black congregations where he has focused on practical leadership development and congregational vitality. His collaborative and innovative spirit will fit well with the Department of Ethnic Ministries.”

In his new position, Byrd will be a part of the Department of Ethnic Ministries, representing the Black community throughout the Episcopal Church. Among the varied duties, Byrd will work to ensure Black congregational vitality; to inspire and equip Black Episcopalians in every context to be agents of reconciliation; and to foster unity, collaboration and communication among individuals, ministries and organizations concerned about Black people and the Episcopal Church.

His office will be located in Michigan and he begins his new position on November 6. At that time, he can be reached at

Meet the Rev. Ronald Byrd

Since 2011, Byrd has served as the rector of St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church, Williamston, MI (Diocese of Michigan). He previously served churches in Michigan, Washington, DC, and Virginia. He served on numerous committees and groups in the Diocese of Michigan including the Diocesan Council.

In addition to serving as a deputy to General Convention 2015, Byrd has extensive experience on Episcopal Church committees including: Design Team Member for the International Black Clergy Conference, Houston, TX (2016); member of the Joint Nominating Committee for Presiding Bishop (2015 – present); and Executive Committee, Fund Raising, National Union of Black Episcopalians (2013 – 2016)


Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer