Joe Chambers appointed Canon for Mission and Young Adults

January 14, 2015
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Bishop Wayne Smith has appointed the Rev. Joseph Cortright Chambers to Canon for Mission and Young Adults. Joe will continue as Chaplain of Rockwell House, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Washington University in St. Louis. He will begin to expand campus ministry relationships in the diocese as well as network young adult ministry and assist the work of Canon to the Ordinary Dan Smith with congregational transitions. The bishop sees this position as one of visioning and involvement in missional projects.

Joe brings expertise from campus ministry.  He is in his ninth year of serving as a chaplain in the diocese and has served in a variety of campus ministry related leadership positions locally and church-wide. He served on the Young Adult Ministry Council of the Episcopal Church and continues to work with TEC on projects for young adults. Joe was one of the 24 members of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church ("TREC") appointed by the Presiding Bishop. A former president of diocesan Standing Committee, Joe worked to develop its mission of visioning for the diocese and the life of the world.  Joe also serves on the faculty of CREDO, a Church Pension Group wellness conference and retreat for clergy in the Episcopal Church.  
Not only is Joe the chaplain of Rockwell House, he is also an alumnus. As a student at Saint Louis University he participated in the life of the Rockwell House from 2001 until 2003 when he was sponsored for ordination to the priesthood.  Joe attended The General Theological Seminary and graduated with an M.Div in 2006. 
He is married to Canon Amy Chambers Cortright, Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral, and they have two beautiful children. Joe is an avid runner and mountain climber; he loves the outdoors and playing golf. His interests are wide-ranging, from music and playing guitar to graphic design and website development.
Joe's schedule will include time at Rockwell House, time on the road, and time in the Offices of the Bishop. You can contact him at or office phone: 314-255-1377.

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