Deacons are one of the three orders of ordained clergy in the Episcopal Church. Historically the order began after Bishops needed assistance with the distribution of alms to the poor.  Currently, after completing a program of study and formation and meeting all canonical requirements, deacons are assigned to a local church and work under the overall direction of a bishop serving as the boots on the ground for bishops.

Deacons typically bring unique sets of skills  to the church to help the church meet the needs of those in the world who are poor, sick, marginalized, and disenfranchised.  Deacons are a bridge between the church and the world bringing the needs of the world to the attention of the church and helping the church develop ministries to meet those needs.  Deacons are also icons of servant ministry offering their skills and time to the work of the church in a non-stipendiary capacity. 

While deacons are "utility infielders" and can be found doing a variety of tasks, Deacons Sally and Pam have different areas of focus.  Deacon Pam supports "in reach" activities, Stephen Ministry, and pastoral support.  Deacon Sally supports outreach ministries, Opioid Addiction Task Force efforts, the Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship, and provides support for the Diocesan School for Ministry.


Last Published: April 24, 2019 1:56 PM