The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was consecrated as Bishop of the Episcopal Indianapolis on April 29, 2017.  Before being elected bishop in 2016, she served in the Dioceses of Newark, Central New York and Chicago. She is the first black woman to be elected a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church.  A native of New York City, she holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in urban studies from Smith College, an M.A. in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, and an M.Div. degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows.  We are part of the Episcopal Church in the United States and the worldwide Anglican Communion.


The Rev. Whitney Smith began serving as Rector of St. Thomas, Franklin, on October 1, 2019.  Previously he was Priest in Charge at St. James, New Castle, Indiana.  Fr. Whitney earned the M.Div. degree from Bexley-Seabury Episcopal Seminary.  An alum of Indiana University in Bloomington, he received a B.A. in Journalism and studied at the IU Jacobs School of Music.  His first career was as a reporter and arts writer for newspapers including The Indianapolis Star and The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.  He has served on the Diocesan Standing Committee and may be reached at

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