2021 GEMN Annual Meeting

Friday, 23 April 2021, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., via Zoom

All GEMN members are invited to participate with voice and vote in the Annual Meeting.

All Global Mission Conference attendees are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting is accessible through the same Zoom connection as the Conference.  



  1. Opening Prayer

            2.  Review Agenda

            3. Affirmation of Board decision that Annual Meeting may be held online

            4. Minutes of 2019 Annual Meeting

                       Minutes are available on the GEMN website.

            5. President’s Report: Rev. Dr. Titus Presler

            6. Interim Coordinator’s Report: Ms. Molly O’Brien

            7. Mission Formation Program Report: Rev. Holly Hartman

            8. Global Mission Digital Toolkit Report: Ms. Jenny Grant and Ms. Tatiana Hoecker

            9. Finance Report: Rev. Dr. Grace Burton-Edwards 

           10. Election of GEMN Board Members

           11. Other Business

           12. Adjournment



The Board consists of 12 members, who can serve two consecutive three-year terms.  Each year four members are elected by the members of GEMN at the Annual Meeting.  The Board presents a slate for consideration at the Annual Meeting.

The Rev. Jean Beniste

Representing Christ Church, Waukegan, Illinois, and Diocese of Chicago

Completing an unexpired term, nominated for a first 3-year term

Rector, Christ Church, Waukegan, Illinois.  Native of Haiti.  Fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. Received into Episcopal Church in 2003 at Trinity Cathedral in Miami.  M.Div. from Virginia Seminary; ordained 2014.  Served St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C.; Holy Redeemer Church, Lake Worth, Florida; canon for Latino ministry, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis. 

The Rev. Jaime Briceño  

Representing Bexley Seabury Seminary

Completing a first 3-year term, nominated for a second 3-year term

Recruiter and digital missioner at Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago and rector of St. Michael and All Angels in Berwyn, Illinois.  Native of Costa Rica.  Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.  Transitional deacon at St. Mark’s, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 2019; assisted with mission trips to Mexico, Madagascar and Appalachia.  B.A., Conception Seminary College; M.A., Catholic Theological Union. 

The Rev. Dr. Grace Burton-Edwards

Representing St. Thomas Church, Columbus, Georgia, and Diocese of Atlanta

Completing a first 3-year term, nominated for a second 3-year term

Rector, St. Thomas Church, Columbus, Georgia.  Member, Atlanta’s Global Mission Commission; relationship with the Diocese of Cape Coast in Ghana.  Vice President of GEMN.  Member, General Convention’s Standing Commission on World Mission.  Originator and co-author of Questing: The Way of Love in Global Mission.  Ordained 2007.  B.A. Mississippi College; M.Div., Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis; D.Min., Seabury-Western Seminary. 

The Rev. Meredith Crigler

Representing Diocese of Texas and Trinity Church, Baytown, Texas

Nominated for a first 3-year term

Chair, Diocese of Texas World Mission Board; companionships with Southern Malawi, Costa Rica and North Dakota.  Rector, Trinity Church, Baytown; partnerships with Caribbean congregations.   Ordained 2010.  B.A., Claremont McKenna College; M.Div., Virginia Seminary; current D.Min. preaching program, Bexley Seabury Seminary. Traveled to 24 countries and territories.  Student researcher in tropical ecology, Costa Rica; guest teacher, Antoa Village, Ghana; guest lecturer, Msalato Theological College, Tanzania.