2024 Annual Conference Videos

2024 Conference Videos

EPN is excited to share the 2024 Annual Conference Keynote Conversations and several other sessions from our time together in Houston.

Why Church?

Join Bishop Andy Doyle as he leads a panel discussion on how the church is adapting and changing in this moment. This special workshop presented at the Episcopal Parish Network’s annual conference explores new ways of building community, connection, meaning, and purpose in life. We invite you to watch and share this important recording in your networks.

The panelists engage in a broad-ranging conversation on the emergence of open, welcoming parallel communities that are supporting individuals who think they will never enter a church. The conversation touches on the inner adaptive capacities, resilience, vitality, and discernment new communities of practice are developing within their members. Bishop Doyle and his co-panelists present the case that leadership from lay and clergy is desperately needed to meet the needs of these seekers in this liminal moment.

Moderated by:

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop
Episcopal Diocese of Texas; Houston, Texas


Courtney Cowart
The Society for the Increase of the Ministry, New York, New York

Alec Gewirtz, COO,
The Nearness; Brooklyn, New York

Mark Grayson, Founding Director, Trinity Spiritual Center;
Vestry Member, Trinity Church; Southport, Connecticut

The Rev. Dr. James Lemler, President,
Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation; Indianapolis, Indiana

Keynote Conversation 1

Episcopal Parish Network is honored to present the first of five keynote conversations from our recent Inspiring Leaders Annual Conference in Houston. This first conversation features an exceptional panel of clergy and laity discussing the primacy of the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry. Noted journalist John Burnett, most recently of National Public Radio, leads the panel through a discussion on the impact of Curry’s election, the legacy of his consequential leadership, and how the Episcopal Church was changed by his time in office.

As Bishop Curry’s tenure ends later this year, EPN is pleased to recognize his historic leadership and convene a thoughtful discussion of how it has facilitated the church’s evolution in areas like evangelism, racial reconciliation, and mission. We are confident you will enjoy this conversation and be heartened as we move towards the election of Bishop Curry’s successor in Louisville this June.

Moderated by:

Mr. John Burnett
NPR National Correspondent (retired)
Parishioner, St. David’s Church; Austin, Texas


Ms. Alice Freeman
Parishioner, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Member, Executive Council of The Episcopal Church
Wilson, North Carolina

The Rt. Rev. Matthew F. Heyd
XVII Bishop of NewYork; New York, New York

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers
Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Racial Reconciliation, and Creation Care; New York, New York

Mr. James Williams
Associate, Lazard Freres & Co.
Parishioner, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church; Houston, Texas

Keynote Conversation 2

During the Episcopal Parish Network’s recent conference, the final keynote conversations focused on lay leadership in the church. Recognizing the importance of lay leaders in preserving our unique Episcopal witness and furthering our work of sharing the gospel, we are pleased to present the first of these two keynotes which focused on entrepreneurial ministries and their leaders.

This keynote featured participants from the Trinity Church Wall Street Fellows and Texas Methodist Foundation Locke Innovative Leaders programs. These Trinity Fellows and Locke Leaders joined Dr. Rob Garris of Trinity Church and the Rev. Lisa Greenwood of Texas Methodist Foundation in a discussion of entrepreneurial approaches for advancing the mission of the church and creating flourishing communities.

Moderated by:

Dr. Robert (Rob) Garris
Executive Director, Trinity Leadership Fellows Managing Director, Leadership Development, Trinity Church Wall Street

Rev. Lisa Greenwood
President and CEO, Texas Methodist Foundation and
Wesleyan Impact Partners


Jessica Field, MPS
Spiritual Wellness Coach
Tucson, Arizona

Shannon Hopkins
Founder and Lead Cultivator, Rooted Good
London, England

De’Amon Harges
Founder, The Learning Tree and ABCD Consultant

Carey Wallace
Author, Songwriter, and Retreat Leader

Keynote Conversation 3

Episcopal Parish Network is honored to present the another of our Keynote Conversations from the 39th Annual Conference held recently in Houston. During this keynote, EPN welcomes two ground-breaking leaders into conversation. Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the first Black woman bishop in the Church of England, joins Bishop Jennifer Baskerville- Burrows, the first African American woman diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church.

Together, Bishop Rose and Bishop Jennifer explore how we live into our unique Anglican witness in a time of change and transformation for the church and the world. This conversation will inspire and encourage you in your ministry for the church and the world.

The Rt. Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin
Bishop of Dover, Diocese of Canterbury
Kent (UK)

Conversation Partner:

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
Bishop, Diocese of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

Shannon Hopkins
Founder and Lead Cultivator, Rooted Good
London, England

De’Amon Harges
Founder, The Learning Tree and ABCD Consultant

Carey Wallace
Author, Songwriter, and Retreat Leader

Keynote Conversation 4

During the 2024 Annual Conference, EPN gathered lay leaders from around the church to share about securing our unique Episcopal witness for coming generations. During this EPN keynote conversation, Christ Church Georgetown vestry member and NBC News homeland security correspondent Julia Ainsley moderates a discussion about how we emerge from the church that was into the church that is and will be. Enjoy this important conversation with lay leaders from across the church.

Moderated by:

Julia Edwards Ainsley
Christ Church Georgetown


Richard Ammons
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

Ambassador Linnet F. Deily
Christ Church Cathedral

Kelli Martin
Epiphany Parish

Gregory Zaffiro
Saint Thomas Church and Saint Thomas Choir School

Keynote Conversation 5

Episcopal Parish Network presents an important and
thought-provoking keynote conversation
featuring Dr. Samuel Perry, a professor of sociology at the University of Oklahoma and one of the world’s top experts on Christian Nationalism. Joining Sam in this discussion of Christian Nationalism and the church’s response are the Rev. Russell Levenson, former rector of St. Martin’s Houston,
and the Very Rev. Owen Thompson, dean of Christ Church
Cathedral Cincinnati.

Sam, an expert on conservative Christianity and American politics,
race, and families shares insights from his research. Together, Owen, Russ, and Sam discuss how we, as the church, respond to the disturbing growth of Christian Nationalism in American society, particularly
in this election year.

We invite you to watch this important discussion on the pressing issue of Christian Nationalism. You will leave the recording with important insights for your congregation and it will influence your outreach throughout 2024.


Dr. Samuel L. Perry
University of Oklahoma

The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr.
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

The Very Rev. Owen C. Thompson
Christ Church Cathedral