“I am passionate about uplifting the marginalized by building solidarity and proclaiming the gospel,” said Reverend Toneh Williams, the Diocesan’s new Canon for Mission. In her new role, Williams will engage churches, communities, and other denominations in addressing systematic societal conditions that undermine human dignity such as discrimination, food insecurity, economic hardship, addiction, and access to education.
“Reverend Williams’ is answering a true desire for congregations to increase or restructure their mission,” said Bishop Gutiérrez. “Our vision is to know Jesus Christ and make Him known to the world as His disciples and evangelists. As we work together to realize this vision and to respond to the needs communicated in the Diocese during my pilgrimage, we have re-organized the staff to meet those needs. Our call as a staff is to serve you, and these additions to our team is in direct response to that call.”
By restructuring the Diocesan staff, the Canon of Mission position was added without increasing the budget. “It is all about investing in congregations and answering the need.” Williams was selected after a four-month process that included dozens of candidates.
Williams is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree in Health Service Administration. She has more than 13 years’ experience in the non-profit industry working with adults with mental disabilities and veterans. She has worked directly with shelters in Philadelphia to promote the integration of mental health and addiction services into housing initiatives for the homeless; and as a compliance analyst for a behavioral health insurance company under the Philadelphia Department of Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.
Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn but has lived most of her life in Florida. In June 2017 she was ordained as a Deacon with the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania and established a Veterans Ministry shortly thereafter.
Story by Jennifer B. Tucker
Posted on: Tuesday, January 9, 2018