On May 15, Episcopal House will welcome a new member to the Bishop’s staff when the Very Rev. Margaret A. Peckham Clark begins her ministry as the Canon for Congregational Life. Her principal responsibilities will be Congregational Vitality and Transition Ministry, which she is taking over from the Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs, who concludes his tenure as Canon to the Ordinary and Chief of Staff on June 30.
Margo, as she is known, has served in the Diocese of Long Island since 2003, most recently as the Rector of Trinity Church in Roslyn, NY and Dean of the North Nassau Deanery. She also has served that diocese as Vice-Chancellor and Parliamentarian, on the Cathedral Chapter, and on the Commission on Ministry. In addition, she has served for over a decade as the Chaplain of the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, on the Board of Trustees of the Roslyn Landmark Society, and on the state Board of Directors for the Long Island Council of Rural and Migrant Ministries.
A graduate of the General Theological Seminary, New York Law School and Hunter College, Margo is currently completing a post-graduate program in Spiritual Direction at Fordham University. She has a background in community organizing and has worked with IAF community organizing affiliates in Manhattan and Long Island, as Chair of the Board of Directors of NYPIRG, and in the legal department of the Community Service Society.
A native of Binghamton, NY, Margo is a widow with a teenage son, Harry, and a rescue mutt named Sina (meaning “blessed”). She is a trained actress and soprano who has appeared off-off and off-Broadway (a long time ago and one time as an actual “spear carrier”). She loves science fiction, Ignatian spirituality, cooking, travel, barre workouts and Zentangling.
Margo says “I am so thrilled by Bishop Hughes’ invitation to serve alongside the people of this diocese, in this incredible time. We children of the Jesus Movement are called to creativity and commitment in the diverse communities we call home – it’s challenging and really exciting. I can’t wait to start traveling around the diocese, meeting people and hearing your stories, dreams, visions and prayers for the future!”
“I am delighted that Margo is joining our staff,” says Bishop Carlye Hughes, “and am certain her creativity, faithfulness, and enthusiasm for ministry will support our congregations as we continue to adjust to the needs of the 21st century church.”
As Bishop Hughes has said several times, it is not possible for a single person to replace Canon Jacobs. A search is underway for a second Canon to take on the remainder of his duties, including clergy licensing, wellness, formation and continuing education; training and oversight of church consultants; Title IV clergy misconduct matters; staff liaison to Diocesan Council, Trustees, and Standing Committee; and Chief of Staff. In the meantime, we will honor Canon Jacobs’ service with an open house at Episcopal House the evening of Thursday, June 20, and a mid-afternoon Evensong on Sunday, June 23 – please save these dates and watch for further announcements.