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It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have a new clergy transition to announce.

The Rev. Elise Johnstone has accepted a call as priest-in-charge of St. John the Baptist, Seattle, and will begin August 8, 2021.

The multiple callings of mother, spouse, and Episcopal priest bring the Rev. Canon Elise Johnstone great joy. She has been serving since 2014 as the Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, in Kentucky. Prior to that call, she served as Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity, Georgetown, KY, and the Assistant Rector of Good Shepherd, Lexington, KY. She has a Bachelor’s in Classics from the University of Georgia, a Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and a Doctor of Ministry in Liturgy from the University of the South School of Theology in Sewanee, TN. She has relished serving the Church on local, diocesan, and church-wide levels, serving multiple triennia as deputy and chair to General Convention, as well as serving on the Episcopal-Presbyterian Dialogue and the Board of the College for Bishops. Her passions, in addition to her family, are liturgy, music, connecting those in need with resources while showing them they are loved and respected, as well as ballet and theatre. She is married to Ryan Shrauner, who is a seminary librarian, ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and a native of the Seattle area. They are the proud parents of Walter, who is a rising 6th grader. As a family, they enjoy hiking, travel, playing board games, The Simpsons, and figuring out what to do with the many LEGO they cohabitate with.

Please join us in welcoming the Rev. Elise Johnstone into her new calling with St. John the Baptist, Seattle, and please keep all congregations experiencing clergy leadership transition in your prayers.

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