2020 Keynote Speakers
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.
Presiding Bishop Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He was elected to a nine-year term and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015.
Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, reconciliation, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality.
In his three parish ministries in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland, Presiding Bishop Curry had extensive involvement in preaching missions; Crisis Control Ministry; the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children; preaching missions; the Absalom Jones initiative; creation of networks of family day care providers; creation of educational centers; and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner-city neighborhoods.
As Bishop in the Diocese of North Carolina, Presiding Bishop Curry instituted a network of canons, deacons, and youth ministry professionals dedicated to supporting the ministry that happens in local congregations. He refocused the Diocese on The Episcopal Church’s Millennium Development Goals through a $400,000 campaign to buy malaria nets that saved over 100,000 lives.
Presiding Bishop Curry has served on the boards of a large number of organizations, including the Task Force for Reimagining The Episcopal Church (TREC) and as Chair and now Honorary Chair of Episcopal Relief & Development. He was a member of the Commission on Ministry in each of the three dioceses where he has served.
Damaris De Jesus Carrasquillo, Ph.D is a member of the San Juan Bautista Episcopal Cathedral, Diocese of Puerto Rico; collaborator of several local and national initiatives in The Episcopal Church. Professionally, works as a Clinical and Organizational Psychologist, harmonizing clinical practice with private consulting and teaching at the University of Puerto Rico in Carolina. Her topics of interest are: Leadership, Organizational Development, Planning, Quality of Life, Crisis Management, Health Psychology, Gender and Spirituality. Collaborates as volunteer in community based organizations. Mother of Ricardo and Andrea; animal lover. Describes her life mission as “Serve, Love, Inspire, Transcend.”