Ed Keithly is Vocational Development Minister. Ed seeks to provide a healthy trajectory from discernment to deployment (and beyond) for the clergy of this diocese. He manages the discernment and ordination process; clergy support vehicles like Fresh Start, New Clergy Orientation, and New Rector Orientation; and guides parishes seeking to call associate rectors. Ed sees his ministry as being primarily about connection and clearing the way for seekers, seminarians and clergy to be in the right place at the right time for their formation.
From 2014-2018, Ed was the deputy transition minister. In January 2019, Ed was named vocational development minister by Bishop Goff, responding to the changing needs and priorities of this diocese, namely that with clergy mobility on the decline and retirements on the rise, the Diocese of Virginia will continue and increase its focus on recruiting, forming and encouraging the clergy of this Church.
At General Convention in 2015 and 2018, Ed served as the managing editor of Center Aisle. He helped found The View from the Mountain, Shrine Mont Camps' blog and served as editor in 2013 and 2014.
Ed graduated from Sewanee in 2010 with a major in English and a minor in economics. He was a Navy brat, his family finally settling in Fairfax, Va. In college spent his summers in college working at St. George’s Camp at Shrine Mont. He has an irresponsibly large collection of board games and claims to be training for a half marathon.