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Meet our new Canon Missioner for Development

At our last diocesan convention, we approved a budget that included funding for a part-time program position at the Duvall Center that will increase and deepen our efforts in congregational development. We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Kathryn Mary (Kammy) Young has accepted a call to serve in this position entitled Canon Missioner for Development: Evangelism and Mission Engagement. The specific areas of focus of Kammy’s ministry are:

  1. Consultation/ Coaching: Work with the Panama City Beach congregations, clergy and lay leaders as they engage in a three [3] year exploration and determination of “the most effective model for an Episcopal communal ministry between the bridges of Panama City Beach area.”

  2. Mission Engagement Training: Develop and deliver training in each of the diocesan convocations, with the first two scheduled in 2018. Training will focus on clergy and laity of the diocese in the area of evangelism and community engagement.

  3. Congregational Consultants: Recruit, train, deploy and support team of congregational coaches and consultants for the diocese keying in on stewardship, strategic planning, and conflict mediation.

  4. Evangelism Task Force: Whereas the Congregational Enrichment Venture (CEV) has the focus of redevelopment of congregations within existing structures, this will be a team recruited to support moving beyond the existing structures.

  • Oversight of DataStory & Baptized for Life Projects

  • New Missional Initiatives

  • Latino Ministry

  • Cultivate Relationships between congregations

Here is a bit more information about Kammy:

The Rev. Kathryn Mary (Kammy) Young was the director of contextual education and lecturer in contextual theology at the School of Theology, Sewanee, Tennessee from 2011-2017. Prior to joining the faculty in Sewanee, Young served as associate rector for spirituality and justice with Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This calling followed 10 years of ministry with St. George Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, where she had been called in 1998 to serve as the first woman rector in the Diocese of Florida.

Kammy’s work at Sewanee expanded the seminary’s program to include the Missional Engagement Initiative (MEI), which enabled students and lay ministers to collaborate in leading change in their communities and in the world. Through MEI, Episcopal congregations in three area dioceses worked together in teams, and collaborated with churches, schools, or other organizations to develop a mission project that addressed pressing needs in their community. She also designed a curriculum to incorporate project-based learning into a course called “Transforming Congregations and Communities,” The project-based aspect of the course work and MEI was developed in conversation with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Leadership Development Initiative in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

Her work has been inspired by experiences with congregation-based community organizations in Jacksonville, Florida and Knoxville, Tennessee, affiliated with the Direct Action and Research Training (DART) Center. She serves on the national Board of Directors for DART and is currently working with community leaders to explore forming an interfaith, congregation-based justice ministry organization in the Pensacola area.

Kammy is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and received her Master of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1992. She is married to the Rt. Rev. George D. Young, III and they have two grown children, George and Lucy, son-in-law, Robert, and a grandchild on the way.

Kammy can be reached at the Duvall Center at 850.434.7337 or


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