THE REV. CANON DR. SALLY FRENCH

Canon for Regional Ministry and Collaborative Innovation, Diocese of North Carolina

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THE REV. CANON DR. SALLY FRENCH

Greetings, friends. I am honored to be in discernment with you in your search for the thirteenth Bishop of New Jersey. 


I currently serve as Canon for Regional Ministry and Collaborative Innovation in the Diocese of North Carolina. My work provides congregational support to churches in our Raleigh, Durham, and Rocky Mount convocations, about half of the 110+ congregations in the Diocese of North Carolina. I work with clergy and lay leaders to strengthen vitality and foster collaboration. I see myself as a bridge-builder, connecting congregations to their communities and the diocese. I’m passionate about this work and about helping churches and people to grow as followers of Jesus working towards beloved community. 

Prior to joining diocesan staff, I spent twenty years in parish ministry. I served congregations of all sizes and types, in a variety of roles and capacities. Most recently, I designed and oversaw the process to revise the Journey to Adulthood youth ministry curriculum, a program of Christian education for teens that has been used by thousands of Episcopal congregations since 1995. 

In North Carolina, I have served as President of the Standing Committee (2019). There, I initiated work to address systemic racism and bias. In my first year on the Standing Committee, there was no racial diversity. This year, more than half of the members are People of Color. I remain committed to work to end racism and white supremacy and continue to serve as a chaplain for our diocesan anti-racism training programs. 

I grew up in Toronto, Canada in a secular home. I was baptized, confirmed and sponsored for ordination through campus ministries at the University of Toronto. I would not be a priest today without the support of that loving and faithful community that welcomed and formed me, nurtured my gifts and named my calling. 


My undergraduate degree is from Trinity College, University of Toronto (Economics, History). I completed a Master of Divinity degree through the Toronto School of Theology before being ordained deacon (2000) and priest (2001) in the Diocese of Edmonton, Anglican Church of Canada. My Doctor of Ministry degree is from Virginia Theological Seminary.

I am married to Clarke, who is the rector of Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and we are parents to Jack (16) and Libby (12). We began our time in the U.S. in Staten Island, where we first discovered our appreciation for the Garden State. My personal interests include reading and writing, pilgrimage, walking, jogging (slowly!) and hiking.

As a priest, I approach challenges as a pastor. I value relationships and I want to know and be known by the people I serve. I bring my heart for connection into this discernment, and I have gifts and experience in leadership and administration, building vital, just and inclusive congregations, formation and discipleship. I see in you a diocese with tremendous resources of people, faith, and possibilities, with much holy and God-given potential. I look forward to walking with you in this discernment. 

 
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