Dear Kanuga Community,
With joy we announce the appointment of the Reverend Richmond Jones as Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain.
Over the last months, I have worked with our Board, several focus groups, and our Senior Leadership Team to consider the direction of our youth and adult programming. We know that we have incredible traditions to build upon while at the same time accepting that the role of conferences has changed over the years. The availability of online programming and increased access to content challenges the ways large national centers like Kanuga provide the best experiences possible. To be our best, we know we need to plan and execute incredible and diverse offerings that strengthen individuals for their work in the world.
We did not have a full-time director for our formation program, and working with the Board, we identified the need for this new position as a part of our Senior Leadership Team. Richmond brings not only extensive experience but just as importantly, deep relationships in the Kanuga community that will allow us to build our program substantively.
Richmond grew up at Kanuga, having served youth conferences here for over 12 years. Active in several diocesan Happening events and conferences, a keynoter at diocesan youth events, and in his current parish of St. Francis, Macon, Georgia, he has also served as a resident chaplain at Sewanee and most recently as Campus Missioner at Mercer University and Wesleyan College. His theological training and expertise, combined with extensive networks throughout the Episcopal Church, will help us strengthen our program across the board.
He will join our staff in July. Richmond will oversee the development of our programming for youth and adults, increasing offerings through new or revitalized programs, as well as through the development of retreats. Because he is a priest, he will also serve a new role, Resident Chaplain, to increase and build upon our historic and important guest chaplaincies throughout the year. His role will also bring chaplaincy to our staff, an immense bonus for us on campus.
Join me in welcoming Richmond “home” as he helps us strengthen our mission for the future.
All the best,
Michael R. Sullivan