Matthew P. Payne named director of operations of the Historical Society

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Matthew P. Payne has been selected to serve as Director of Operations of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC). Payne is Lay Canon for Administration for the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac and will be responsible for membership management, subscription management of Anglican and Episcopal History, the Society’s Quarterly Journal, financial and corporate responsibilities, meeting planning and information technology management. He continues in his position with the diocese.

For over a century HSEC has been an association dedicated to preserving and disseminating information about the history of the Episcopal Church. Founded in Philadelphia in 1910 as the Church Historical Society, its members include scholars, writers, teachers, ministers (lay and ordained) and many others who have an interest in the objectives and activities of the Historical Society.

“I look forward to managing the administration of HSEC activities” Payne shared with the search committee. “My goal is for the necessities of operations to function quietly, behind the scenes so the important work of the Society is front and center.”

Over the next month Payne is working to enable a smooth transition with Susan Johnson, who is retiring from the position the end of February.

Payne was selected following a search chaired by HSEC President the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Prichard. The Search Team interviewed multiple candidates before making the selection of Payne. Prichard commented, “The Historical Society has been well served in the past by those talented individuals who been our administrators and directors of operations. We give thanks for the work of Susan Johnson. We were impressed by the talents and experience of all of those whom we interviewed and, and look forward to working with Matthew Payne.”

The change in Director of Operations will result in a new address of 82 Cherry Court, Appleton, Wisconsin 54915. The email address (, toll-free phone (866-989-5851) and website ( remain the same.


Comments (1)

  1. Steven Colburn says:

    I was not aware of the work of the HSEC. Looking forward to hearing more about their activities. Am particularly interested in the transition from COE to TECITUSA during the Colonial to Independence period!

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