(Nominees are listed in alphabetical order)
The Rev. Kenneth Brannon is Rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he has served since 2007.
“You are honest. Your profile did a wonderful job of shining light on your strengths, as well as your challenges. An honest foundation will serve us in good times and bad. You are leaders. You may be in the northeast corner of the nation, but you are at the center of Episcopal Church leadership. I, too, have a passion for good governance and look forward to partnering with you on behalf of this remarkable branch of the Jesus Movement.
The Rev. Thomas James Brown is Rector of The Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts, where he has served since 2009.
“There is a legacy of strong leadership, and when one is new, it’s a gift to imagine building upon a foundation of health. No community or diocese is perfect, but you have a history that leads me toward you, and makes me wonder whether my gifts for loving and leading might be put to use among you. . . The next Bishop of Maine will be embraced by loving and wise colleagues, and that’s a huge draw.”
The Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee is Executive Vice President and Chief Ecclesiastical Officer of The Church Pension Group, located in New York City, a position she has held since 2014.
“You may not see the future clearly, but you have faith that it will become clear. ….Most importantly, it is this future you envision for the diocese where every Maine Episcopalian is a faithful force for good wherever they are, that attracts me to the idea of being the 10th Bishop of Maine. I believe I have the experience and gifts to help you on that journey.”
The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton is Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Everett, Washington, where she has served since 2011.
“I know the Church as a living organism, and I am committed to honoring the Spirit of its diverse people, expanding its collective heart and love for one another, and ensuring that the people of the Church live into a sustainable and faithful future. I believe that the sum of my professional and personal experience can benefit the Diocese of Maine. The prospect of walking with your diocese fills me with excitement; it would feel like coming home.”
The Rev. Canon Janet C. Waggoner has served since 2013 as Canon to the Ordinary, Transition Ministry Officer and Administrative Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas.
“The bishops who have served you as faithful shepherds have left a legacy of wholeness and an atmosphere of hopefulness. With experience in both healthy and broken systems in the Church, I am well prepared to lead the Diocese of Maine from strength to strength spiritually, as we work together to courageously and creatively engage the array of practical challenges that congregations are facing in the twenty first century.”