The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese of Virginia, announced today that she has filled two key positions on the diocesan staff. The Rev. Mignon "Sarah" Brockenbrough has been named Transition Minister, effective March 18. Anita Lisk has been named Executive Assistant to the Bishop, effective April 8.
The Rev. Sarah Brockenbrough
As Transition Minister, the Rev. Sarah Brockenbrough will manage and oversee the deployment and transition process for clergy and congregations to ensure a faithful and successful process of calling clergy to new cures in the diocese. She will also assist clergy as they discern whether God is calling them to a new opportunity to serve, within the Diocese of Virginia or beyond.
Sarah succeeds the Rev. Dr. Mary Thorpe, who became Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese in December. Canon Thorpe said, "Sarah is a marvelous addition to our team. She brings grace, patience, outstanding skills for engaging and 'reading' parish systems quickly and accurately, and -- perhaps most important -- a great pastoral heart, which is so often needed when talking with parishioners who are anxious or priests who are seeking their next call. Her energy and intellect will serve this Diocese well and her sense of humor will serve her well as she takes on this new call."
Most recently, Sarah served the congregation of Emmanuel, Greenwood. She also served at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, and as a member of the lay staff at Christ Church, Savannah, Ga.
Sarah says she is passionate about "discovering God's call to new life in the midst of change and is eager to support congregations as they renew themselves as sacred centers of inspiration, strength and peace."
A native of Savannah, Sarah holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, the University of Georgia, and Virginia Theological Seminary. Her earlier work was in the field of community and economic development. Sarah and her husband, Will, will reside in Richmond.
As Executive Assistant, Anita Lisk will provide vital assistance to the Bishop in carrying out the vision and priorities of diocesan leadership. Among her many duties, Anita will coordinate the visitations of all Virginia Bishops to congregations, schools and other diocesan organizations; coordinate Bishop Goff's travel and daily schedule; oversee a variety of functions required by the Canons; and work with diocesan staff, clergy and lay leaders to advance the mission of the Church.
"Anita brings skill, passion and energy to this ministry," said Bishop Goff. "I am delighted that she will be a part of our diocesan team and look forward to seeing how we will grow and thrive together."
Anita comes to the diocesan staff from St. James's Episcopal Church, Richmond, where she has served as the Parish Coordinator since 2001. Prior to her appointment as the Parish Coordinator, Anita served as St. James's Director of Christian Education for 3 ½ years.
"I'm excited to join the diocesan staff and work with Bishop Goff at this transitional time in the history of the Diocese." says Anita. "I look forward to getting to know more about the work of the Diocese and how I can best assist the bishops."
Anita and her husband, Tom, joined St. James's shortly after moving to Richmond for Tom to begin his legal career. They have two adult children, Sarah and Matthew.
During this time of transition, the Diocese thanks Tammy Shackelford, former assistant to the bishop, who left the position in January in order to take a new job with Chesterfield County Schools, and Sierra Gore, interim assistant, who will continue on the diocesan staff part time as Project Coordinator.