The Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon: Résumé
I have a proven record as bishop in unusual, highly visible, and challenging mission work. I am now discerning whether I am called to a new ministry that both challenges me to grow, and also builds upon my gifts and skills to help people serve God’s mission in a broken world.
• Bishop in charge, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, 2001–
• Rector, St. Andrew’s Church & School, Fort Pierce, Florida, 1993–2001
• Rector, St. Paul’s Church, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1991–1993
• Rector, All Souls Church, North Versailles, Pennsylvania, 1985–1991
Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa), Virginia Theological Seminary, 2003
Ph.D. studies (ABD), systematic theology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, QPA 4.0
Master of Divinity (cum laude), Virginia Theological Seminary, 1985
Master of Sacred Music, Duquesne University, 1981, Pittsburgh, PA
Diplôme supérieur, Harmonie et Contrepoint, Schola Cantorum, Paris, France, 1977
Bachelor of Music, Boston University, 1974
Baccalauréat philosophie. Caen, France, 1972
I have demonstrated strengths as pastor, administrator, preacher, teacher, and theologian, as well as financial, diplomatic and political abilities. My leadership style is transformational, bringing people together around an inspiring vision, empowering them to set and accomplish goals, and encouraging them along the way to success.
Member, Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (2009–)
Member, Executive Council Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investments (2009–)
Member, Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (2003–2009)
Member, Network for Interfaith Concerns Management Group (2007–)
President, Francophone Network of the Anglican Communion (2008–)
Member, Standing Commission on Episcopal Church Communications (2003–2006)
Assisting Bishop, Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe
Assisting Bishop, Lusitanian Catholic Apostolic Church
Assisting Bishop, Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church
Assisting Bishop, Old Catholic Church of Germany
Economic Justice Officer for Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Central Florida, 1988–1997
Chair, Commission on Ministry, Central Florida, 1999–2001
Chair, Institute for Christian Studies (deacon school), Central Florida, 1998–2001
Chair, Advocacy, Service and Justice Commission, Pennsylvania, 1992–1993
Diocesan Council, Pennsylvania, 1992–1993
Completing a highly-visible, satisfying effort to rescue minorities in Iraq fearing death for reasons of faith, developing an emergency refugee program, l’Association d’entraide aux minorités d’Orient (Association to support Middle East 60 minorities). President, 2007– (See aemo-france.org)
Organizing international support for rebuilding the cathedral of the Diocese of Haiti in Port-au-Prince, at the request of the Bishop of Haiti. (See partnerswithhaiti.info)
Hosted or participated in major ecumenical and interreligious conferences from 2002 to 2010 (e.g., http://www. nationalcathedral.org/learn/summit2010/).
Represent Episcopal Church to the Council of European Churches and the Conseil des Églises chrétiennes de France. Help represent Episcopal Church to Vatican, World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation, Lambeth Palace, Anglican Communion Office. Opened an ongoing relationship with the Chaldean Church in Iraq and Iran, and other Iraqi Churches, February 2003. Led a noted fund drive for financial help for synagogues and mosques damaged by right-wing political violence in 2002.
Led a successful effort to merge separate white and African–American ministerial associations into a new united council of churches, the Ministry Fellowship United, Inc. President, 1998–2001
Board Member, Tri–State Conference on Steel, Pittsburgh, PA, 1986–1991. To address unemployment during the collapse of heavy industry and create new jobs, I helped develop the Steel Valley Authority, an innovative intra–municipal industrial development agency.
Co–founded Maglev, Inc., a public–private–labor partnership to re-employ laid off workers by developing Pittsburgh industry centered around magnetic levitation train construction; Director & Officer, 1988–1991). Supervised a $2.8 million project budget as Secretary–Treasurer. Helped negotiate agreements with German Transrapid Company and Import–Export Bank of Japan. (See www.maglevinc.com)
Opinion columnist for Anglicans Online.
Official Huffington Post Blogger and personal blog: bishopblogging.org
Author, “The Tale Needs Re-telling: A Reply to Colin Podmore’s ‘A Tale of Two Churches’” Theology January 2011.
“The Future of the Prayer Book”, concluding article to the Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer, Oxford University Press (2006). Other articles and book reviews published in Anglican Theological Review, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, St. Luke’s Journal of Theology, Forward Movement, Episcopal Life, Living Church, Virginia Seminary Journal, International Herald
Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Press, Fort Pierce Tribune, others; Le Monde, Unité des chrétiens, Tribune 2000 (in French).
• “Notes for a theology of same-sex relationships” (for Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music)
• Made in Heaven? Toward A New Theology of Marriage (book-length MS)
Bi–lingual in English and French; also varying degrees of ability in Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Farsi and Arabic; Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.
My wife Melinda and I have been married for 31 years, and have one daughter, Marie–Noëlle. I enjoy excellent health.