Dear Friends and Supporters of EAM,
Over the last 7 years I have served as the Executive Coordinator of Episcopal Appalachian Ministries (EAM). There is so much we have been able to do in helping discern EAM’s ministry in the world and more importantly to help those people of Appalachia who live in poverty.
As we all know, change is inevitable. And as human beings and children of God, we just have a hard time with change. We hear in the Psalms so many times the preface, “Sing to the Lord a new song…”. But for many of us, we would rather just have the old ones! Nonetheless, we need to learn how embrace change and look to what God is calling us to do out in our neighborhoods and in the world.
On March 31st of 2017, I will be resigning as Executive Director of EAM. It is time for me to move into other things and other ministries in the world. My life has been truly blessed and enriched by the work that has been done and continues to be done in Appalachia. There is still so much need in this part of the country.
As we move into the season of Lent, as always, it is a good time to reflect and look back but also, more importantly, look forward. EAM as an organization has changed a great deal since its beginnings as APSO (Appalachian People’s Service Organization). And EAM will continue to change as we move forward. The EAM Board of Governors is committed to serving the people of Appalachia and discerning where God is leading EAM next.
In the interim, The Ven. Bryant Kibler, our current President of EAM, will be overseeing the daily administration of the organization. All contributions, correspondence and inquiries should be directed to him at:
Episcopal Appalachian Ministries
c/o The Ven. Bryant Kibler
Diocese of Lexington
PO Box 656
Irvine, KY 40336-0656
Phone: 859-252-6527 ext. 113 or option 2
Again, I am truly thankful for having had the opportunity to follow Christ in this way over the last 7 years. I wish you all a Blessed Lent and God’s Peace in the days ahead.
Warm regards and in Christ’s Name,
The Rev. L. Gordon Brewer, Jr.
Past Executive Coordinator
The mission of Episcopal Appalachian Ministries is to inspire, nurture, and affirm those who address the environmental, cultural, and social needs of the people of Appalachia. Affirming our commitment to proclaiming the good news of God’s realm, we engage in advocacy, education, networking, and grassroots ministries in the Appalachian region.
- A commitment to our Baptismal Covenant and vows
- Stewardship of God’s creation and the cultures of the people of Appalachia.
- A commitment to a strong and vital Episcopal presence in Appalachia and in the places where Appalachians have migrated.
We do this by…
- Educating the Church and community to the unique needs of the people of Appalachia through the annual Mountain Grace Conference.
- Helping the Church, individuals and groups find the resources needed to advocate for public policy issues affecting the people of Appalachia.
- Providing resources for new and ongoing ministries within the Appalachian region through the Appalachian Small Grants Initiative.
- Supporting missionary work in Appalachia through work camps and mission sites.
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