The Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger – Canon for Transition Ministries and Leadership Development

kissinger The Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger supports congregations going through the search process and assists clergy and lay professionals looking for a new position as well as represents the diocese at regional and national transition ministry conferences. She offers and oversees clergy continuing education events and oversees the Diocesan Fresh Start program for new clergy and clergy new to their position. She serves as the staff contact for those in the priestly and diaconal ordination process and is staff liaison to the Commission on Ministry, Deacon Formation Program, Personnel, Policy & Compensation, Spiritual Life, Retired Clergy, and Safeguarding programs. She administers grants for: seminarians, deacons, clergy continuing education, lay leadership and congregational program development. She assists the bishop in executing background checks, Letters of Agreement, in cases of misconduct and other types of trauma or conflict that may impact a congregation or clergy person. Most Sundays Debra can be found in one of the many diocesan congregations in transition.

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