I am delighted to share three staff updates. With the consent of the Vestry, Elise Shrock is joining our staff as Director of Communications, and we couldn’t be more pleased. As well, both Floyd Acoff and Fred Andrews have recently been recognized for their outstanding work and are receiving well-deserved promotions.
After a nationwide search for a Communications Director, Elise emerged as the candidate with the right mix of skills, gifts, and experience to help us take our communications to the next level. She will officially join our staff on June 30. If Elise looks familiar to you, it is because she is a member of our Cathedral community, bringing a deep passion for our mission to widen the circle of God’s embrace to this position. As Director of Communications, Elise will manage and lead all day-to-day communications processes. This includes everything from overseeing creative material development to advertising placement to video production to social media and website management. Elise’s extensive background working with a variety of not-for-profit organizations in public relations and community development has helped her build strong ties with a variety of groups here in Indianapolis, and we’re confident that her experiences and connections will help us connect more clearly with our neighbors and within our congregation. Welcome aboard, Elise!
After many years as CCC’s Facilities Superintendent, Floyd Acoff is now our Director of Property and Facilities. In this senior staff role, Floyd will work with the Property Committee and with Crystal Stone, our Chief Operating Officer, to develop and maintain a five-year, long-range Building Plan to ensure our Cathedral’s longevity and vibrancy for the future. This promotion reflects both Floyd’s faithful leadership in the past and my high confidence in his expertise to help us plan and prepare for our next chapter of ministry together.
As our new Property and Facilities Manager, Fred Andrews, who has been a sexton on our staff since 1996, will now oversee our day-to-day building maintenance, helping us create a welcome space for all visitors and parishioners. In addition, Fred will continue to serve as our staff coordinator for on-site outreach activities such as our community breakfast and 12-step meetings. Our signage proclaims, “All are welcome,” and Fred’s warm hospitality is that mission in action.
Please join me in congratulating Elise, Floyd, and Fred when you see them!
— The Very Reverend Gray Lesesne, D.Min.