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Triennial 2018 Speakers & Chaplains

Triennial 2018 Speakers & Chaplains



The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is an Episcopal priest, author and popular speaker known for fueling radical welcome across the ecumenical spectrum. She serves as the Presiding Bishop's Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation, spearheading Episcopal efforts to share the good news of God's inclusive love with new communities in new ways. 

Prior to serving in her current post, Spellers worked for years at the intersection of practice and reflection: teaching and directing programs in mission and reconciliation at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and directing new ministry initiatives for the Center for Progressive Renewal, an ecumenical consulting and resource group based in Atlanta. She is the author of "Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation" and most recently co-authored "The Episcopal Way", the first volume in the new Church's Teachings for a Changing World series (with Eric Law).

While she is happy to call New York City home today, Spellers remains close to her large extended family in her hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky. She meets God especially when she’s celebrating Eucharist, dancing and singing, meeting new people and building bridges.



Canon Carrie Boren Headington is the founder of The Good News Initiative which provides resources in evangelism.  She has a passion to see people come to know the abounding unconditional love of God. Carrie speaks throughout the US and around the globe, sharing the abundant life found in Jesus Christ with spiritual seekers and Christians alike. She addresses topics that burn in the human heart and mind, such as: how do we know God exists, who was Jesus really, finding purpose and peace in life, where is God when life hurts, the reliability of the Bible, how can we be agents for justice in an unjust world, and finding joy and strength in everyday life through Jesus. She works with all Christian denominations and serves as Canon for Evangelism in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and Consulting Evangelist for Revivals for The Episcopal Church engaging in evangelistic speaking, apologetics, and equipping congregations to be the hands, feet, and mouthpieces for God in their everyday lives.


Carrie currently serves on the boards of Langham Partnership USA (The global ministry formed by John Stott), Anglicans for Life, The Living Church Foundation, UNITE (an ecumenical justice movement in Dallas) and Gateway of Grace (refugees in Dallas ministry). Carrie is married to Greg, founder of the Global Faith Project, a ministry serving inner city Dallas, Cuba, N. Africa, France, and Latin America. Together they share a lifelong commitment to caring for the poor and equipping the church to be good news.



Through her ministry, Lollie Twyman has come to know the importance of prayer as the foundation for all mission activities. She currently chairs the Diocesan World Mission Committee for the Diocese of Fort Worth, having done so  since 1998.  In addition, Lollie serves on the Board of Trustees of both the Society of Anglican Missionary Senders (SAMS) and the New Wineskins Missionary Network (NWS).  As a member of Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP), she chairs the Mobilizing Task Group that has produced such resources as the Liturgy for Mission and the Parish Mission Leader Certification Program.  Lollie remains active in the mission field and has served in Malawi, Mexico, Belize and Cambodia.  Her daughter and son-in-law, Summer and Guy Benton, serve as SAMS missionaries in Cambodia and New Zealand.


Lollie finds inspiration and encouragement in her ministry from scripture. Her favorite verse is Revelation 7:9.

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.



The Rev. Maria Elena Cristerna, a teacher prior to her ordination, was born in Nueva Rosita in the northern Mexico state of Coahuila. She emigrated to the US in 1970, becoming a US citizen in 1984. After her ordination in 2006, she returned to Mexico where she took on responsibility as assistant rector of two parishes, El Buen Pastor (the Good Shepherd) and The Resurrection in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, in the Diocese of Northern Mexico, alongside her husband, the Rev. Miguel Cristerna. Maria Elena became a Daughter of the King in 2015 in conjunction with the institution of the Talitakum Chapter in Piedras Negras.




The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi

National Chaplain

The Rt. Rev. William Skilton

International Chaplain

The Rev. Deborah Jackson

National Junior Daughters Chaplain


The biographies of our chaplains are available here.

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