The Diocese of Oregon is pleased to announce that beginning August 1, the Rev. Carol Westerberg Sedlacek is the new Canon for Christian and Leadership Formation. The position of Canon for Christian and Leadership Formation is new to the Diocese of Oregon. Its purpose is to strengthen western Oregon’s capacity for ministry across generations in our whole region.
Sedlacek graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1994. She has served at St. Bartholomew’s in Beaverton, Oregon; Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas (while her husband, The Rev. Wes Sedlacek, went to seminary); and was the rector at St. Martin’s, Lebanon, Oregon for 12 years before joining the diocesan staff as missioner for camping & youth ministry in 2013. Sedlacek will continue her current (and beloved) ministries of camping and youth programs and the Fresh Start program for new clergy and clergy in transition. Among her new duties Sedlacek will work with congregations to find them the resources they need to flourish in the areas of Christian formation, leadership development and congregational development. She will coordinate annual vestry/BAC & treasurers workshops, congregational development workshops (called “Equipping the Saints” in our diocese), organize the Diocesan Consultants Network and develop connections among leaders engaged in Christian formation and youth ministry.