The Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, former Bishop of Maine and current Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island, will visit St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 22. The Rev. Eyleen Farmer, Associate Rector of Calvary Church, Memphis, and the wife of the Rev. Tom Momberg, will also join us that day.
Bishop Knudsen received her M. Div. from Seabury- Western Theological Seminary in 1980, and ordained in 1981. In 1987, she was called as Pastoral Care Officer (later Canon for Pastoral Care) in the Diocese of Chicago, where she developed a nationwide ministry of consulting and training about Sexual Misconduct in church settings. The material she developed continues to be widely used. Additionally, Bishop Knudsen has a long and personal interest in issues of addiction and recovery, especially regarding systems (congregations, dioceses, organizations) that have experienced the subtle yet powerful effects of addiction-in all its forms-in clergy or lay leaders. She planted three new Maine congregations (including Maine’s only Latino congregation) and led in the revitalization of several congregations, including congregations that suffered from the aftermath of addiction in their leadership.
The Rev. Eyleen Farmer, a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, was ordained in the Southern Baptist tradition in 1994 and made an Episcopal priest in 2007. Formerly a hospice chaplain, she has served as associate rector of Calvary Church in Memphis for more than seven years. Her responsibilities are pastoral care and Christian formation, including oversight of Calvary’s 90-year-old Lenten Preaching Series. She is an avid gardener and counts her five grandchildren among her bounties. Currently she is leading the development of a multi-faceted outreach initiative for some of Memphis’ most vulnerable women.
Please welcome Bishop Knudsen and Rev. Farmer on June 22!