Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows has been elected diocesan bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. When consecrated on April 29, 2017, she will become the Black woman to serve as a diocesan bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church.
Rev. Baskerville-Burrows has been serving as director of networking for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Earlier, she was a chaplain at Syracuse University in New York.
Rev. Baskerville-Burrows is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she majored in architecture. She holds a master’s degree in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a master of divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.
Rev. Baskerville-Burrows did not join the Episcopal Church until after she graduated from college. She was ordained a priest in 1998. On September 11, 2001, Rev. Baskerville-Burrows was in Trinity Church in lower Manhattan just blocks away from the World Trade Center.