Bishop Shannon Johnston announced today that he has created a new position on the diocesan staff that will focus full-time on Diocesan Development – identifying and pursuing new sources of financial support for diocesan programs. Stephanie Higgins, a five-year member of the staff, has been designated as Diocesan Development Officer.
“I am delighted that Stephanie will be taking on this new assignment for the Diocese,” said Bishop Johnston. “Her work, together with that of others on the staff, will be absolutely essential for finding new ways to support the growing mission and ministry of the Diocese. This is especially important now because our pledged giving has remained essentially flat while some other sources of funding once available to the Diocese have been cut or eliminated altogether.
“Stephanie already has worked for us over the past few years in pursuing grants for our projects and, now, with a full-time focus, I am confident that we will add new resources to support our work together.”
Stephanie has been serving as the Bishop’s Assistant for Congregational Support, assisting Bishop Suffragan Susan Goff and the staff officer for congregational development and stewardship. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in organizational learning from George Mason University.
In addition to the creation of the new Diocesan Development position, the diocesan staff is in the process of filling a position on the communications team headed by Director of Communications Tanya Howard. More information on that position is available on the diocesan website.