In early December, Bishop Jennifer wrote to the people of the diocese about upcoming staff changes that she said would support the shared vision for the diocese that had emerged at listening sessions and leadership meetings in the fall of 2017.

Two of those transitions are now underway. Janet Brinkworth, Bishop Jennifer’s new executive assistant, began work on January 8. She succeeds Sally Cassidy, who held the position for 20 years. Brinkworth, who was parish administrator at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington for seven years before joining the bishop’s staff, can be reached at 317-926-5454 x201 or In her new role, Brinkworth will support Bishop Jennifer’s ministry by managing her appointments, correspondence and public events, maintaining clergy records, and serving as clerk of Executive Council.

“I’m grateful to Janet for sharing her wide experience and terrific organizational skills with me and our team,” said Bishop Jennifer. “Her commitment to collaboration and hospitality is already making a significant contribution to our shared ministry.”

The diocesan communications program also entered a period of transition at the end of 2017 when Kathy Copas finished nearly 15 years of work with the diocese. During the first several months of 2018, the Vandersall Collective will develop a new visual identity and website for the diocese, while Canticle Communications will implement and manage a new communications plan. Vandersall began its work by leading an Executive Council retreat in November, while Canticle has interviewed clergy and lay leaders from across the diocese to gather input and ideas.

In the transition, members of the diocese can send news about parish ministries and events, new initiatives, deanery updates and community news to

“Building a strong, responsive communications program takes plenty of collaboration and conversation,” said Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, canon for evangelism and administration. “Expect to see changes in communications during the first half of 2018, and look for plenty of opportunities to tell us about how the diocesan communications program can support your ministries.”

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