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Interim Rector

The Rev. Cynthia Garman

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Cynthia spent the first 17 years of her life in the anthracite coal mining region of northeastern Pennsylvania where her ancestors had resided since before the Revolutionary War.  Leaving for the University in Arizona turned into a 24 years  spent earning a counseling degree, marrying, giving birth to her daughter, volunteering, and serving in diocesan and parish leadership. 

She completed Education for Ministry and soon after headed for Cambridge, MA to earn a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School.  Following graduation, her special competency in medical ethics and love of pastoral care led to completing two hospital chaplain residencies in Hartford, CT and Wichita, KS.   Before ordination in Kansas, Cynthia became a Physician Assistant.  Mother Cynthia has been ordained for 13 years, serving churches in Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Michigan.  She has served our Diocesan Council, drafting a process that eventually resulted in the Vitality and Sustainability Committee.  

Mother Cynthia’s Pennsylvania parish was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.  She relocated the parish to a storefront and led the parish process to decide to not return to the property, initiating the process to secure federal, state, and township funds for a buyout.  Her vocational interests include justice issues, emerging church, design of sacred space and liturgy, and empowering ministry to answer community needs with special interest in the working poor and jobless. 

Cynthia’s hobbies include reading, travel, shooting sporting clays and expanding her genealogy chart. Her daughter Ashley is a paramedic in Overland Park, Kansas and her special friend Jim is an environmental engineer in Ann Arbor now working in federal firearm compliance. Mother Cynthia a certified interim, discerning where and how God wishes her to next serve the Church. 

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