Newsflash: Bishop Gibbs Announces new Whitaker Institute Director

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I am pleased to announce that The Rev. Vicki Hesse has accepted the call to serve as Director of the Whitaker Institute for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

She has most recently served as Associate Priest for Parish Life and Christian Formation at Christ Church Grosse Pointe since 2015. Previously, she served as an assisting priest at St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson, AZ, while teaching and overseeing the pastoral care and evangelism ministry teams. She earned her diploma of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2012, following her Chaplain Residency at Spartanburg Regional Hospital, South Carolina, while serving in various areas at All Souls Cathedral in Asheville, North Carolina. She earned her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology (Denver, CO) 2007 where she met her now partner, Leah.

Born and raised in Southern California, Vicki was active in what might be called the “church of the outdoor sports,” including tree-climbing, swimming and horseback riding. After completing a B.S. Degree in Business Administration, her first career was a management consultant and international project manager for computer implementations in Europe. Vicki is married to Leah, who is UCC clergy and currently engaged in urban gardening and food justice issues in Detroit. Vicki and Leah enjoy running, hiking (getting outdoors!), playing scrabble and walking Boogies, the cat, on her leash.

“As a life-long learner myself, I hope to engage in mutual learning and teaching while building on the solid programs that already exist in Whitaker Institute. I look forward to working throughout the Diocese and engaging the many gifted disciples who yearn for relevant and inspiring education that equips the saints for the work of ministry.”

Effective July 1, 2017, Vicki will assume her responsibilities as Director of the Whitaker Institute, while retaining some pastoral and liturgical duties at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe. Effective August 1, Vicki will move into full time ministry as a member of the Bishop’s staff.

Faithfully,

Bishop Gibbs,

The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.

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