With more than a half of century of service to the diocese combined, Canon Christyn Perkons and Debbie Young are retiring from their roles at the Synod office.
Earlier in the fall, Canon Christyn Perkons, director of congregational support and development, announced her retirement, effective January 31. Christyn has ministered as a member of the diocesan staff team for 20 years, expanding her responsibilities over the years from her initial position as a program consultant for youth ministry to a coordinator position, and culminating in her present senior leadership role as a director.
“Christyn has compassionately and conscientiously served our diocese through her ministry that spans the decades,” says Bishop Susan Bell. “Her work in creating the diocesan Mission Action Plan will be a legacy gift for this diocese for many years to come; she has truly left her mark on us and we will miss not only her skills but her wisdom.”
Throughout her ministry, Christyn has helped guide the unfolding of God’s kingdom in parishes across the diocese and beyond, and through the lives of countless people who have been transformed by her faithful witness. “Her godly leadership is sustained and constantly made new by her steadfast faith,” said the bishop.
Christyn joins Debbie Young, who retired at the end of the year after 35 years of service to the diocese. Her roles with the finance team varied over the years but her steadfast and supportive presence has been a constant at Cathedral Place.
“As a staff team and as a diocese we have been blessed by Debbie’s dedication and friendship,” said Archdeacon Bill Mous, executive officer and secretary of synod. “Keeping track of payroll details, spreadsheet data, and financial transactions, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; Debbie’s finance and administrative work over three decades has better equipped our diocese and its parishes for the missional ministry God calls us to come alongside.”
Bishop Susan Bell invites your prayers for Christyn and Debbie, along with their families as they embark on their well-deserved retirements and begin their next chapters.