Dear Siblings in Christ in the Diocese of Maryland,

Grace and peace to you all. I pray that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are beginning to feel ready for the Advent season that is almost upon us. God is about to do a new thing, and so we prepare ourselves in this community of love to enter this sacred time. As I shared in my recent letter to you on November 9, we are making some changes in diocesan staff leadership. I am very excited to announce these two new additions to our staff team. Both will begin on January 15, 2024.

As Canon for Mission, the Rev. Randy Callender will work to support the congregations and programs of the diocese as we address the missional challenges of our communities and respond to God’s call in increasingly faithful, impactful ways. Randy+ has served as rector of St. Philip’s, Annapolis since July 2012 and been an active part of diocesan leadership in a variety of expressions. Several examples of creative partnerships beyond the church include working toward the founding of the Racial Reconciliation Collaborative, work with Anne Arundel Connecting Together in community organizing efforts, and supporting Winter Relief to house neighbors that are homeless. You can read more about Randy’s+ ministry with the people of St. Philip’s in his announcement letter here.

As Canon for Development and Stewardship, the Rev. Dina van Klaveren will lead the fundraising efforts of the diocese and support our congregations and ministry partners in the work of stewardship and resource development. Dina+ has served as the rector of St. Andrew’s, Glenwood for 15 years, and also became the priest-in-partnership of St. Paul’s, Poplar Springs in September 2021. Her ministry in our diocese and in the wider church is extensive and includes powerful partnership and capacity building work with the Claggett Center, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS), El Hogar (Honduras), the General Convention Opioid Task Force, as well as consulting work. You can read Dina’s+ letter to her congregations here.

Both Randy+ and Dina+ have served these congregations and our wider diocese in beautiful, grace-filled ways. I am grateful that their discernment has led them to say yes to these calls. Please join me in welcoming them into these leadership opportunities, as we all seek to prepare ourselves for the new and powerful things that God is doing in our midst.


The Rt. Rev. Carrie Schofield-Broadbent
Bishop Coadjutor of Maryland