We are pleased to welcome new members to the Mission Council and Standing Committee. Thank you to all who were willing to serve.
Amjad John Samuel
Present Involvement in ECCT: Served for the last three years on Mission Council; Convener Companions in Mission Ministry Network; Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Shelton, CT
Community Involvement: Board member Africa Education Partnership that builds schools and related projects in Africa. Support local community organizations through two clergy associations in the area.
Personal Statement: I am a non-conformist. I believe post Covid-19 Church needs people in leadership who can think outside the box. During Covid-19 I led the formation of a virtual choir that spans over 6 States; a virtual partnership with another Episcopal Church; and have been successful in bringing unchurched people into the Church through the care offered by our Church’s virtual ministries, including Bible Studies, Small Groups, and Neighborhood Care Groups that now serve people from much beyond the 30 minutes driving distance radius we served before. I will bring innovative thinking to our Standing Committee especially when it affects ECCT’s response to Racial Reconciliation.
Present Involvement in ECCT:
St. John’s, Bridgeport
- Past Senior Warden
- Vestry Member
- Lay Eucharistic Ministry
- Property Committee
- Co-chair Altar Guild
- Finance Committee
- Episcopal Church Women
- Past Board Member, St. John’s Family Center
- Coordinate Church’s calendar for use of property
- Volunteer St. John’s Community Suppers Program
- President, West Indian American Association of
Personal Statement: I am a devoted member of the ECCT. I have been an Anglican all my life and am committed to serving on the Standing Committee to continue the important work of the committee in accordance with the canons.
Present Involvement in ECCT:
Missional Priest-in-Charge at Trinity, Wethersfield
Member of Companions in Mission Ministry Network
Community Involvement: President and Executive Director of Kateri Medical Services, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation which works in partnership with local dioceses in the Anglican Church of Nigeria to build and run full-time medical clinics to serve the rural and urban poor. We currently run six clinics in the Dioceses of Kaduna, Gasau, Kafanchan, Bari and Niger Delta North. We have plans to build three more clinics in the near future.
Associate Missionary with Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS) based in Ambridge, PA. I split my time between several medical mission trips to Nigeria each year and raising funds here in the US.
Personal Statement: I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ in 1977 and have tried to be a credible witness to the Gospel ever since. For me, the heart of the Gospel is Matthew 25: Seeing the face of Jesus in the hungry, the broken and the lost. In my work as a Missional Priest in Wethersfield and in my work in Nigeria, I try to proclaim by word and deed the life-changing love of Jesus in this broken world.
Present Involvement in ECCT: Active member of St. John’s Vernon since 1998:
*Leader of the Environmental Ministry
*Head Gardener, Community Organic Vegetable Garden
Member of the Climate and Environmental Stewardship Ministry Network
Co-Convenor of the Community Gardening Ministry Network
Member of the Jack Spaeth Environmental Grant Committee
Member, NE Region Food Insecurity Group
Professor, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut (1998-present)
- Currently co-developing an undergraduate course on Language and Racism
- Faculty advisor to UCCO: UConn Collaborative Organizing, a student group which mobilizes grassroots movements for climate and social justice
Member, Tolland Energy Task Force (2008-2013)
- Played a leading role in the successful referendum of Tolland voters, agreeing to bond the Town Hall Geothermal HVAC project (winter 2011).
Board Member, Inter-Religious Eco-Justice Network (2015-present)
- Leader of the Green Houses of Worship Program
- Member of the Gardening Program
Personal Statement: I have been an environmental activist and avid gardener for over 30 years, working primarily at the parish and community levels. I am ready to stretch my activism for caring for God’s Creation more broadly, and would welcome the opportunity to serve the diocese on the Mission Council.
Present Involvement in ECCT: Vice President- ECCT Episcopal Church Women Board, ECCT Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation Ministry
Community Involvement: St. Luke’s Network, St. Luke’s Development Corporation, Community Healing Network, Educator-Hartford Public Schools, member of The Heritage Chorale Community Choir.
Personal Statement: In all that I do, I try to be a good and faithful servant by using my gifts and talents given by God. My years of experience have included leadership roles with adults and children. To name a few, I have been a school leader, coordinator of youth groups, president of a community organization and member of a finance board. In all I do I give my best and pray for God’s guidance.