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The Right Reverend Jennifer L. Baskerville-Burrows was consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on April 29, 2017. She is the first African American woman to be consecrated diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church and the first woman to succeed a woman as bishop.
Bishop Jennifer, as she is known, is from New York, ordained by the Diocese of Central New York, and is a graduate of Smith College, Cornell University, and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She has served on the executive bishop’s staff in the Diocese of Chicago as well as congregations in the dioceses of Central New York, Newark (northern New Jersey), and California. She has expertise in architecture and has been a historic preservation consultant restoring chapels and small churches in the northeast. She has passion for issues including gun violence, food justice, and racial and class reconciliation. She is a trained facilitator in Fierce Conversations and has offered trainings in Seattle and throughout the Midwest.
Bishop Jennifer and her husband, Harrison Burrows, have a son, Timothy. An endurance athlete, knitter and former food-writer, watching American Ninja Warrior is her favorite guilty pleasure. On February 9 2019, The Right Reverend Jennifer L. Baskerville-Burrows was the preacher at the Commemoration of Absalom Jones at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine service.
[Published Winter 2020]