Deon Johnson

V Missouri

"A single bracelet does not jingle." I have often used this Congolese proverb as a reminder we were made for community, connection, and collaboration. I currently serve as the Bishop of the Diocese of Missouri and previous to that the Rector of a parish in the Diocese of Michigan. As a bishop and parish priest I am at my best when working with others to affect change. The Episcopal Church is in the midst of transformation. Change always involves naming and grieving what has been, while dreaming and daring about what could be. I hope that my experience in bringing others together could be used both as a Trustee of General Theological Seminary an on the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop. In this season of naming, grieving, dreaming and daring it would be an honor to serve the wider church as we envision the next normal to which God is call us as form a more Beloved Community.