New Canon for Transition Announced


“I’m most excited about working in this ‘come and see’ Diocese where I’m able to be a part of making Jesus known; and the transformation that ultimately takes place as part of that knowing,” said Reverend Arlette D. Benoit Joseph, the Diocesan’s new Canon for Transition. In her role Benoit will support congregations with clergy recruitment, clergy deployment, the ordination process, placement for the newly ordained, clergy continuing education and interim ministry.

“I knew when I first met Reverend Benoit that she had the right personality and experience to ‘lift up’ clergy and provide support for them,” said Bishop Gutiérrez. “Her role is critical.”

Benoit will take the place of Jill Mathis who is retiring after 27 years of work. The Diocese has restructured its staff without increasing the budget. “It is all about investing in congregations and answering the need.” Benoit was chosen from dozens of candidates over a five-month interview process.

In 2013, Benoit was ordained to the priesthood in Atlanta and recently served as Associate to the Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for four years. During her tenure at St. Paul’s, her ministry expanded to serving and engaging the students of the Atlanta University Center as the Campus Missioner for Absalom Jones Center.

Her other ministry affiliations include serving as consultant for the Office of Black Ministries, and as a Youth Ministry Liaison for the Office of Youth Ministries of The Episcopal Church.

Benoit is a graduate of General Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned her Masters in Divinity with a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. She served as seminarian at Trinity Wall Street and St. Ann’s Church for the Deaf during her time in New York City. Before seminary, Joseph worked as a Marketing Analyst for UPS Mail Innovations in Atlanta. Benoit has moved to Philadelphia with her husband Junior.