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127th Annual Council

Diocese of Southern Virginia

February 8 & 9, 2019 • Williamsburg Lodge – Williamsburg, Virginia

Fresh Expressions of Gospel Relationships

Keynote Speakers

“A Future for the Church”

Gannon Sims

Gannon Sims serves as Director of Ministry Formation at Fresh Expressions, an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Sims earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baylor University and the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. Prior to entering seminary, he worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and as a public affairs officer in the anti-human trafficking office at the U.S. State Department.

He has served in various roles at several churches, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Anglican. Gannon and his wife, Carey co-direct The Center for Faith and Leadership, an incubator for fresh expressions of church among the collegiate and young adult community in Fredericksburg.

“From Maintenance to Mission: Taking the Church Back to What Jesus Started”

The Rev. Bobbe Fitzhugh

The Rev. Bobbe Fitzhugh is the Missioner for Fresh Expressions of Church for the Diocese of Wyoming. Bobbe ministers to parishes across the Diocese to help discern how the Holy Spirit may be leading Christ’s church in fresh, new ways. She steers efforts to recognize and develop Fresh Expressions of church by practicing the Great Commission and the Great Commandment – loving God and loving people and helping build communities of faith in the world in which we live.

The Rev. Fitzhugh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming and a certificate in Theological Studies from the Seminary of the Southwest Wyoming Iona Initiative. She was ordained into the priesthood in 2015 and is a life-long Episcopalian. The Rev. Fitzhugh continues to serve Christ Church Douglas as one of its priests

Bishop Magness’ Address to Council

Click here for the text of Bishop Magness’ address to Council

Elections at Council

  • Standing Committee: Helen Sharpe-Williams (Grace, Norfolk) and the Rev. Cameron Randle (Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach)
  • Disciplinary Board: Bob Motley (Ascension, Norfolk); the Rev. Charles Bauer (Hickory Neck, Toano); the Rev. Lauren McDonald (Bruton Parish, Williamsburg)
  • Provincial Synod: Alice Webley (All Saints, Virginia Beach) and the Rev. Grant Stokes (Trinity, Portsmouth)