The Very Rev. Tracey Lind: Résumé
• Motivated by a strong belief in God’s justice, love and mercy embodied in Jesus Christ
• Committed to generous hospitality, engaging worship, cultural sensitivity and faithful stewardship
• Inspired by excellence, collegiality, transparency, creativity, courage and faith
• 25 years of congregational ministry in urban and suburban settings
• Focus on church growth, real-life spirituality and the ministry of the baptized
• Strong track record of institutional development, community planning and fund raising
Church Work Experience
Dean, Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, OH
Lead a vibrant urban cathedral and oversee a joint cathedral/diocesan center—a model of the commons housing sacred public space for worship and education, art and music, civic engagement, diocesan life, and conversation and collaboration in the heart of the city. Serve a congregation of over 900 people of all walks of life from the City of Cleveland and 40 surrounding municipalities. Manage an annual budget of over $2 million. Direct a 20+ staff team. Steward an endowment of nearly $20 million.
In spite of severe population decline, a distressed economy, and limited parking, Trinity Cathedral has experienced an 80% growth in membership and worship attendance, and a 135% increase in annual pledge income over the past decade. To increase capacity for mission and ministry, we developed a strategic plan that has resulted in a clear vision for the future, a consolidated and unified governance structure, staff realignment, and the streamlining of cathedral finances.
Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Paterson, NJ
Revitalized a multi-racial and multi-cultural congregation located in a poor, inner-city neighborhood. Achieved a 180% increase in average Sunday attendance and a 240% growth in pledge income; restored the parish’s buildings of historic significance; and strengthened its endowment. Built a faith-based, community development corporation with an annual budget of $2 million; a variety of emergency and self-help programs; affordable housing initiatives; and a diverse team of 25 employees, 27 AmeriCorps workers, and 300 volunteers from 30 suburban congregations.
Associate Rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Ridgewood, NJ
Shared responsibility for preaching, worship, pastoral care, education, evangelism, and stewardship in a suburban parish, with primary responsibility for outreach, youth ministry and adult education. Continued to grow strong youth ministry with 100% increase in participation; launched a young adult ministry; expanded community outreach program with a formalized fund allocations process; and developed a multi-faceted ministry with the hungry and homeless.
Director of Community Ministry, Bronx Youth Ministry, New York, NY
Raised over $250,000 in foundation/church grants, developed a mentoring program; redesigned organizational structure; trained minority youth staff; nurtured community/church relations; and
preached/assisted in a variety of parishes throughout the diocese.
Intern, Center for Ethics and Corporate Policy, Trinity Parish, New York, NY
Staff, Nightwatch Program, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Secular Work Experience: 1973–1983
Development Director, Patriot Trail Girl Scout Council, Boston, MA
Executive Director, Charlestown Community Center, Boston, MA
Assistant Division Director, United Way, Cincinnati, OH
Project Director, United Way/Council on Aging, Cincinnati, OH
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Local Coordinator, Neighborhood Housing Services, Toledo, OH
Founder and Director, The Landlord/Tenant Project, Toledo, OH
Nonprofit board experience and leadership in civic initiatives has included: Greater Cleveland Congregations, Sustainable Cleveland 2019, We Believe Ohio, The Campus District, Ten Thousand Villages of Cleveland, Leadership Cleveland, AIDS Funding Collaborative, Hospice of the VNA, Paterson’s Barnert Hospital, Passaic County FEMA Board, and the Fellowship for the Homeless of Bergen County.
Civic awards have included: 2011 National Council of Churches Circle of Names Award, 2010 Community Shares Social Justice Leadership Award, 2008 Human Rights Campaign Equality Award, and 2007 YWCA Woman of Achievement.
Episcopal Church Leadership
National and diocesan leadership positions have included: Church Pension Fund Trustee; Church Publishing Inc. board; General Convention Deputy; Episcopal Church Publishing Company (The Witness); Via Media; Diocesan Standing Committee, Trustee, Commission on Ministry, and Nominating Committee; and various diocesan task forces, commissions, advisory committees, and funding boards.
Preaching – Teaching – Writing – Photography
Served as: adjunct theology professor at Drew Theological Seminary (1998–2000); visiting lecturer at Seabury Western Theological Seminary (1995–96); and guest preacher, speaker, conference leader, chaplain, and exhibiting photographer in a variety of settings, including the Chautauqua Institution. Interrupted by God: Glimpses from the Edge (Pilgrim Press, 2004) and www.traceylind.com (photography website and blog)
Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, 1987
Master of Community Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1979
Bachelor of Arts, Honors College, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 1977
Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, Ohio, 1972
Continuing education has included: Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Grant; Residency at the Santa Fe Photography Workshop; CREDO; Clergy Leadership Project; IAF Training; Writing as a Spiritual Practice; St. George’s College, Jerusalem; Canterbury Cathedral Course; and Spanish immersion
Ordained Deacon in 1987, Diocese of New York; Priest, 1987, Diocese of Newark
Married to Emily Ingalls
Enthusiastic traveler, hiker, cross-country skier, angler, gardener, sailor, cyclist, and bluegrass musician