8: Leadership and the Joy of Parish Ministry with Winnie Varghese


In this episode, the Rev’d Winnie Varghese, Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia (and her dog, Stella) join us to talk about parish ministry. We chat about Mariology, in-person church in the wake of the pandemic, and joy in ministry.

The Rev’d Winnie Varghese is a national leader in the Episcopal Church. She is a priest known for her writing, her teaching, and her preaching. Varghese’s parents immigrated to the United States from India, and she grew up in Dallas. She is the 23rd rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, and she serves on the board of trustees at Union Theological Seminary (her alma mater).

Before becoming rector of St. Luke’s, Varghese served at Trinity Wall Street in New York City as Priest for Ministries and Program Coordination. She also held the titles of Director of Community Outreach and Chief Justice & Reconciliation Officer and Strategic Clergy, Global Initiatives, while there. Before her time at Trinity Wall Street, she was the rector and priest in charge at St. Mark’s in the Bowery. She has also been a chaplain at Columbia and at UCLA. 

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