The Rev. Jenifer Gamber
I am thrilled to announce that the Rev. Jenifer Gamber has accepted the call to serve as Special Missioner for the School of Christian Faith and Leadership to assist us in the implementation of the School and of the Strategic Plan. This is a one-year appointment, beginning in July 2020, funded by the Corten Trust, a bequest the Diocese of Washington received in 2018 restricted for educational purposes.
Jenifer brings with her a commitment to ministry and growing faith in all people, knowledge of the practices and ethos of the Episcopal Church, and connections with people and resources across the Episcopal Church. She was instrumental, along with the Race and Social Justice Committee, in gathering a team in the Diocese this past year to equip leaders to offer the Sacred Ground Dialogue series in our congregations. She serves as co-convener with the Rev. Richard Weinberg of a committee studying liturgy in response to the General Convention resolution regarding liturgical revision. At the church-wide level, Jenifer serves on the Working Group for the Way of Love out of the Presiding Bishop’s Office and on the faculty for Forma’s Certificate in Youth and Children Formation program as theologian.
A 2018 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Jenifer was ordained into the priesthood in June 2019 and has served since July 2018 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Day School and departs as the Associate Rector and Day School Chaplain. She is the author of A Teen’s Guide to the Episcopal Church (2006), Your Faith Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church (2009), Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People (2012) and most recently Common Prayer for Children and Families (2020).
While Jenifer officially joins the staff in July, organizational and planning work for the School has begun, drawing upon the many resources within our diocese and beyond. Jenifer shares:
“I am excited to join the gifted staff at the Diocese of Washington as together we continue to take bold steps toward Becoming Good Soil so that God’s seeds of love might flourish in our time and place. It is my hope that The School for Christian Faith and Leadership grows to become the first place our congregations and people turn to find trusted resources that equip leaders for faithful ministry and form disciples for the sake of being Jesus’ love in our world.”
Please join me in welcoming Jenifer in her new role. You will be hearing more from us about the School for Christian Faith and Leadership soon.