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Exciting leadership news

The Rev. Keisha Stokes has been appointed Pastoral Leader for Zion Church, Palmyra and Pastoral Associate for St. John’s Church, Canandaigua by the Bishop, with affirmation of the Vestries. You may remember that Keisha's Deacon Ordination was May 17th of this year.

“Keisha, is a rising woman leader in our church. She was raised in our diocese and is promising to be a thoughtful, pastoral and passionate follower of Jesus. I know she will be a terrific leader who empowers others.”  said Bishop Singh.

Keisha added, " I am so excited for this opportunity to continue my ministry with the wonderful people at Zion in Palmyra and St. John's in Canandaigua. It is a blessing to serve in the Diocese in which I grew up and I am feeling incredibly grateful for all of the communities and people who have helped shape my ministry. My love for the Episcopal Church was fostered at Good Shepherd, Webster where I was given endless opportunities to participate in liturgy, music, and youth group. My first forays into leadership begin with our Diocesan youth program and have grown from there. As I began seminary at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, I was not exactly sure where God would lead me, but I know now that this is exactly what I am called to do, and I can't wait to begin this next adventure. I am so grateful to the communities at Good Shepherd, CRCDS, Incarnation, Two Saints, and Trinity, Greece who have all helped me become who I am today. What a joy it is to serve God in our Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement." 

Gail Rapp said, "As a warden of Zion Episcopal Church Palmyra, I view Kiesha's role as our pastoral leader who will serve and guide our parish to move forward our vision to develop and grow in Christ.  We have every confidence that Keisha will unleash her intellect, talents, enthusiasm and energy in ways that will inspire and impact young and old alike to engage in thought, participation and connection with God and church." 

The Very Rev. David Hefling of St. John's Canandaigua said, "We are feeling both excited and blessed to be able to welcome Keisha to St. John's. Her strong background in youth ministry and knowledge of the  diocese will enable us all to hit the ground running as we work toward our shared goals.  To have a young woman  of her caliber working with us is a real cause for celebration!"

Keisha starts her new roles on October 1.