Canon Angela Shepherd called to Atlanta

Posted Jan 16, 2018

[Episcopal Diocese of Maryland] The Rev. Angela F. Shepherd, canon for mission in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, will be the new rector of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta.

“We at St. Bartholomew’s, Atlanta are joyful and beyond delighted to welcome Canon Shepherd as our seventh rector,” said Juliana Lancaster, senior warden. “We are looking forward to a rewarding and exciting future, building on our shared commitment to worship and action.”

“My season in Maryland has come to an end. Forever in my heart will be a special place for the people of St. Philip’s, Annapolis, who called me to be their Rector at the turn of the century. From then until now, working with others to bring God’s peace, hope, and love to the world has been a priority,” Shepherd said. Since 2010 she’s been canon for mission on the bishop’s staff and prior to that, rector at St. Philip’s for 11 years.

“Angela’s work has been outstanding in our Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Trail of Souls, and coordinating our unique Sutton Scholars program with Morgan State University,” said the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of Maryland. “I will miss her commitment and passionate work toward reconciliation of all God’s people.”

Shepherd has served on many commissions, committees and boards of ministries in the Diocese of Maryland, including diocesan chaplain to the Daughters of the King. In the wider Episcopal Church she’s a member of the Executive Council Committee on Racism and the Disciplinary Board for Bishops. Since 2013 she has been a trustee of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

“I look forward to moving further south where sweet tea isn’t hard to find,” Shepherd said. “More importantly, my longstanding commitment to social justice, pastoral care, Christian formation, environmental concerns, and stewardship will be brought to the forefront once again. The sheer anticipation of what God has in mind for me and St. Bartholomew’s brings great joy.”

Shepherd is a graduate of the former Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL receiving a master of divinity degree in 1996. She earned a doctor of ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago 2014. In 2016 she received an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from Indiana University, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Shepherd begins her new ministry March 1.