New Executive Team Announced

October 31, 2011

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Episcopal Bishop of Chicago, announced today that he has named three people to his executive team.

The Rev. Jim Steen, who had served as the diocese’s associate for congregations and administration, has become director of ministries.

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who has been rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Syracuse, New York and Episcopal chaplain at Syracuse University since 2004, will become director of networking at the end of January 2012.

Courtney Reid, currently senior director of organizational effectiveness at the Center on Halsted, a community center for Chicago's LGBT community, will become director of operations on November 14.

“As you can imagine, the prospect of working with these gifted people has ignited in me a new sense of possibility and a passion for our work together,” Lee said in a letter to the diocese.

Steen served as rector of St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church from 1998-2010, a period of extraordinary growth for that congregation, and has also served congregations in Washington DC and New York City. He holds an MDiv from General Theological Seminary and a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University. He is the father of a grown son and lives in Hyde Park with his partner, Tom Chesrown.

Baskerville-Burrows was previously director of alumni and church relations at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, from which she holds an MDiv. She is also a graduate of Smith College and holds an MA from Cornell University in historic preservation planning. Baskerville-Burrows, a triathlete, blogs at Cookin' in the 'Cuse, is an editor at Edible Finger Lakes magazine and has been published in the anthology Bread, Body, Spirit. She will relocate to Chicago with her husband, Harrison, and their ten-month old son.

Reid, a member of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Ravenswood, has worked in management at Chicago-area health and social service non-profit organizations for fifteen years. She holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MDiv from Yale University. She has done work at the Center for Non-Profit Management at Northwestern University and earned a certificate in non-profit financial accounting. She and her partner, Pam, live on the north side of Chicago with their three young daughters.

In November 2010, Lee announced that he was beginning a process to examine the diocese’s culture and effectiveness. In May, based on recommendations from report prepared by consultants from the CREDO Institute, he announced a restructuring that included eliminating nine positions and beginning the search for three executive team members that has culminated in these hires.

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