|Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is pleased to announce the hire of Sarah Shipman as its new director, beginning Aug. 1. Shipman—who served most recently as deputy attorney general for Kansas—will oversee EMM’s operations as an Episcopal Church ministry and one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies partnering with the U.S. government.
A graduate of Washburn University School of Law, Shipman held several positions in the Kansas Department of Administration, including the secretary of administration, before joining the Office of the Kansas Attorney General. She also served as vice president and counsel at a Topeka, Kansas, bank, and has held other managerial, legal, and academic positions.
Shipman is studying at Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka and will serve as a lay deputy to The Episcopal Church’s 80th General Convention this month.
“I am delighted to welcome Sarah in her new role and look forward to seeing EMM continue to thrive under her direction,” said the Rev. C.K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church. “Not only does she have an impressive professional background as an administrator, manager, and attorney, she also comes to us with a commitment to mission and ministry, living out the way of love we see in Jesus.”
Shipman replaces longtime director Demetrio Alvero, who retired after 17 years with EMM and 44 years in the field of refugee and migrant work. During Alvero’s tenure, EMM reached a milestone of welcoming and assisting more than 100,000 newcomers to the U.S. in search of safety and opportunity since the 1980s.
“I cannot overestimate the impact Demetrio has had on countless lives through his ministry,” Robertson said.
In addition to the federally funded programs EMM administers to help resettle and integrate new neighbors, its partially church-funded engagement unit provides education and resources; hosts a monthly Episcopal Asylum and Detention Ministry Network; and connects congregations with asylum seekers and newly arrived Afghans through the Neighbor to Neighbor program.
“EMM is the Way of Love in action,” said the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. “For decades, this ministry has been a mighty tool by which our church and our partners have lived out Jesus’ call to minister to those who are vulnerable and in need of hope.”
Learn more about Episcopal Migration Ministries’ work—including its partnerships, scope of ministry, curriculum resources, and impact stories—in its 2021 Annual Report.
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