Dear friends at St. John’s,
I am pleased to introduce you here to Deacon Candidate and St. John’s Intern, Ethan Bishop-Henchman. Ethan began his internship on Sunday, January 19 and will be with us for the next six months. During this time, Ethan will serve at St. John’s, observing and learning the role of the Deacon in the Liturgy and church community. He will be engaged in many aspects of our church life.
Ethan is a postulant for holy orders, training to be a deacon with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. As an aspiring community organizer, he is passionate about the intersection of social justice and voluntary action. Ethan joins us from Washington National Cathedral where he was drawn into the Episcopal Way after moving to the District seven years ago. This was preceded by discovering the beauty of Anglicanism in London while attending celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II as research for his senior thesis. As well as singing with their now disbanded volunteer choir and taking a leading role in the congregation’s 20’s & 30’s group over many years, Ethan was also a founding co-chair of the Cathedral’s Outreach and Social Justice Committee.
Ethan currently serves with the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center on their Volunteer Steering Committee and is also an intern with the Office of Volunteer Services at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. He previously served three years at a men’s shelter in Ward 8, including two years as an original Hope Corps member, a “Catholic Charities super-volunteer,” when he coordinated and lead monthly volunteer efforts.
During the week, Ethan works in administration and operations for a public policy start up, continuing a career supporting a variety of non-profit and public organizations. This included his first D.C. job with Bureau of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior supporting tribal self-governance.
A native Vermonter, Ethan graduated summa cum laude from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York with a B.A. in History and Government. While Ethan once planned to return to school for a graduate degree, he was surprised to find himself called deeper and deeper into a walk with Christ that placed servant ministry out in the local community, as well as within his congregation, at the center of his life. Ethan has been on a path of formal formation since he first discerned a call to the diaconate in 2016.
Ethan lives in Northeast Washington, DC with his husband, Joe, and their enormous black lab named Magic.
Thank you for joining me in welcoming Ethan and giving him a rich learning experience!