Episcopal Service Corps Hires New Executive Director

Patty Olson Lindsey has been named the new Executive Director of the Episcopal Service Corps. She was previously the Executive Director of Ascension School Camp and Conference Center in the Diocese of Eastern Oregon, where she served for 10 years.  Patty grew up in the Diocese and attended summer camp at Ascension School as a child.

Patty is passionate about lifelong Christian formation and helping people find pathways to developing their relationship with God, the environment and each other.

In her role as the executive director of Ascension School Camp and Conference Center, Patty oversaw all operations of the facility including financials, fund development, marketing and youth and adult programming.  She most enjoyed working with her staff to facilitate meaningful program and retreat experiences for the attendees. Patty is also a Board Member for the Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers organization.

Patty received her BA in Sociology from the University of Oregon.  Prior to her work for Ascension School, Patty worked in social services, researching, developing and evaluating programs, grant writing and facilitating long range planning.  She is excited to use her skills from her previous work to further the mission of the Episcopal Service Corps.

She and her husband,

God in the Cloud

“What does the transfiguration have to do with a year of discernment? Why is God represented so often as a cloud?”

Episcopal Service Corps members are given the opportunity to lead worship in partner parishes, and this past Sunday, February 26th, members of Confluence Year In Columbus, Ohio crafted the prayers and sermon for their host parish, St. John’s Franklinton. ESC member, Steven Simpkins delivered the following sermon which wrestles with the above questions.

“It was about a month before my dad died. I had a moment like Peter in the Gospel reading today. I wanted to make a dwelling for the space of the dazzling white I experienced. I was amazed, terrified, and overwhelmed with love all at the same time. I wanted to eternalize that so it could be revered and honored again and again. The small seizures my dad was stricken with made him blind. His Hazelnut eyes were cloudy and he listened to where a voice came from and tried to look in that general direction. He was signing his Power of Attorney over to me. When the lawyer asked my dad if he was certain that he wanted me to be the Power of Attorney, my dad with

#GivingTuesday Social Media Sharing

Hi Episcopal Service Corps Members, Alumni, and Friends! Would you support the continued work of the Episcopal Service Corps by adding one of the following #GivingTuesday images as your profile picture for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? We would also be thrilled if you’d add one of the attached pictures as a post on your social media account Tuesday, November 29th along with a link to our donation page. http://episcopalservicecorps.org/Donate/ Thanks to the hard work of many spreading the word last year, we were able to raise $40,000.00 for the Episcopal Service Corps between Giving Tuesday and the Annual Appeal. Donations may be shared equally with Episcopal Service Corps and a local program. Simply elect it from the list on the online donation form. We appreciate your kind support in both spreading the word and giving, and are grateful to have you continue with us in this movement.

Unlocking New Places in Our Hearts

A reflection by Confluence Year member Nicole Hamme

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already approaching the two-month anniversary of my new job with the Community Refugee and Immigration Services. Although I don’t get to work with them as much as I’d like, the refugee children have especially unlocked a new place in my heart. Their selflessness and bravery for entering a new, uncharted territory with their families in hopes of a better life free from war and violence astonishes me. They have said goodbye to an old life and one might associate this experience as something wounding, but their smiles hardly show it.

Below is a poem I wrote while driving a newly arrived Somalian family to their doctor appointment. The youngest son, just shy of four years old, was beaming with happiness as we drove through Columbus, pointing out the buildings and admiring his new world with wonder. His happiness was so contagious, it left an imprint on me for the rest of the day.

he’s yet to know the fragility of the human heart,

and I pray he’ll never have to, for his father, and sisters and sweet grandmother who smells of honey and spice, will stitch

Welcome Our New Interim Executive Director

We are excited to welcome Jed Dearing as the new Interim Executive Director of the Episcopal Service Corps. Jed joins us from Columbus, Ohio, where he participated in the development of the Confluence Year Episcopal Service Corps Program in the Franklinton neighborhood, and continues to serve as their program director. Jed has contributed to the Episcopal Service Corps as a program director, representing ESC at recruitment fairs, serving on various committees, and as part of the coordinating team for the midwest regional ESC retreat. The ESC Board of Directors  is glad to have Jed working alongside them to continue to develop ESC on behalf of young adults pursuing a life of service and justice which is linked to their faith through intentional community.

Jed also stays busy working with the Diocese of Southern Ohio establishing intentional communities and training pioneer ministers. Jed is passionate about intentional community, and worships with St. John’s Episcopal Franklinton, where he is a community organizer advocating against both unjust housing and policing in impoverished neighborhoods. He recently completed a pilgrimage across the UK visiting Anglican fresh expressions, intentional communities, and pioneer ministries while exploring the formation of ministers for these emerging communities of faith. Jed studied theology

Feeding the Homeless in the US

Take some time to hear from ESC Corps Member Gabriela Machado about her experience working with the Hoboken Shelter during her 2016-17 Episcopal Service Corps year with NEWARK ACTS.

“Since moving to New Jersey in September for my year of service with the Episcopal Service Corps (NEWARK ACTS) I have been volunteering at the Hoboken Shelter during the 11am – 3pm lunch. They shelter 50 people nightly, serve 500 meals daily, host 1,000 showers weekly, and provide support services such as case management, counselling, job and life skills training, creative arts workshops, emergency homelessness prevention grants, and permanent supportive housing solutions.

Volunteering at the Shelter has been a real joy, and I think that is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the dedicated and wonderful members of staff make sure that everyone has fun while volunteering – be it chopping carrots, shucking corn, wiping counters, serving lunch, doing dishes, folding envelopes and keeping the kitchen running. Pictured holding the sign is Q, the chef on Mondays through to Wednesdays. His stories, his cheerful disposition, his jokes, and his CHICKEN (y’all should come just to try his chicken and gravy) always makes for an enjoyable time at

ESC Staff Transition

Dear ESC Friends and Supporters,

It is with true mixed emotions that I share with you that our Executive Director, the Rev. Amity Carrubba, has accepted her next call to serve the larger Episcopal Church community.

Amity will be leaving the staff effective March 18th, but she will continue to work with ESC to insure a smooth transition. She will also be present at ESC’s Spring Meeting in Denver, CO in April.

Amity’s leadership has guided ESC’s development into a fully nation-wide network pointing to the future of the church and the world. We are grateful for her time and her steadfast dedication to the needs of young adults and program directors of ESC.

The ESC board is in the process of recruiting interim leadership, and in the coming weeks will communicate the process for filling the permanent Executive Director position. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any thoughts or questions.

While we are sad that Amity is leaving, we are thankful that she has been such an integral part of the growth and health of the Episcopal Service Corps, and we pray for her future adventures. I hope you will join me in thanking her for her time

ESC Seeks Grant Writer Consultant

Episcopal Service Corps is growing! To ensure that our ministry continues to flourish we are applying to AmeriCorps for a national grant. Do you know an experienced grant writer that is interested in working on this project with us? Details about the project are in the Request for Proposal below.

Scope of Service

The selected consultant will:

-Read and understand AmeriCorps’ 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) found here

-Write the ESC application informed by the 2016 NOFO application instructions

-Collaborate with the ESC AmeriCorps committee and executive director during writing and revision process to request information and incorporate edits

-Track deadlines and submit grant application by deadline of Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Background and Experience

The successful consultant will demonstrate experience in and understanding of the AmeriCorps grant application process. The selected consultant will work in collaboration with the ESC AmeriCorps committee as well as the executive director.

We seek an individual with excellent written communication and organizational skills, a demonstrated record of success with grant writing, and a demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative not-for-profit environment.