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The Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn
Dear Diocese of the Rio Grande,
I already feel such love and gratitude as we look forward to our future together. I am giving thanks for so much we cannot yet see - the relationships we will build and the ministry we will share - the joy, tears, and opportunities. I am also feeling at least some nervous expectation. Meg and I are eager to begin making a home among you in a few short months. May God bless and guide us in the years ahead.
The Reverend Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn
The Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn grew up in New Mexico and Texas. In twenty years of ordained ministry he has served as a parish priest, a school chaplain, college chaplain, and Canon to Bishop Michael Curry. He currently serves as Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry within The Episcopal Church, is Director of Communications, and oversees other key departments. He led Bishop Curry's transition team and led a staff-wide restructure and culture transformation process. He supports the Presiding Bishop's ministry in 108 dioceses and 16 countries.
Canon Hunn was a Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of North Carolina, where he designed and led diocesan systems in the areas of congregational support and development, youth ministry, pastoral response, transition ministry, clergy discipline, misconduct prevention training, priestly ordination process, and conflict transformation.
As a lecturer, keynote speaker, and preacher, he has spoken on subjects such as public speaking, non-violent communication, canon law, stewardship, and non-violent approaches to conversations about race. He brings fresh ideas to traditional subjects.
Ordained in 1996, Canon Hunn first served The Kent School in Connecticut as chaplain, head baseball coach, and chair of the Theology Department. He went on to serve as senior associate rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, Illinois and as Episcopal chaplain to Davidson College and associate rector of St. Alban’s, Davidson, North Carolina.
Canon Hunn holds degrees from Middlebury College (Bachelor of Arts, History and Religion) and Cambridge University (Master of Arts, Theology) and a Certificate of Advanced Theological Study from Seabury Western Theological Seminary.
He loves his work for the church and also loves spending time with his family, baseball, digging in his vegetable garden, writing fiction and riding bicycles. His short story “Al’s Garage and Soul Repair Shop” won the 2009 Middlebury Magazine Fiction Contest.
He is married to the Rev. Meg Buerkel Hunn, Assistant Rector at Christ Church in Raleigh, North Carolina and has three children, Dexter, Murphy, and Dosie.
The Rt. Rev. Michael L. Vono, D.D., has announced his intention to retire in the late fall of 2018. The Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn will be his successor and the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande.