The Rev. Elise Johnstone, Class of 2005, has been called as Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Lexington. In this role she will assist Bishop Douglas Hahn (Class of 1996, D.D. 2014) in realizing the vision of the diocese. Her special focus will be on the health, growth, and development of congregations, the nurture and call of priests, and broader tasks of helping all baptized persons discern and grow into their call to ministry.
Johnstone knows the diocese well. During her early years she was active in Christ Church Richmond and St. Hubert’s, Clark County. Since returning to Kentucky after graduation from General, she has served Good Shepherd, Lexington and Holy Trinity, Georgetown, where she is currently priest-in-charge.
In his announcement Bishop Hahn acknowledged Johnstone’s skills, accomplishments, and love of the Church, noting she “has served the wider church in many capacities. She has worked closely with our diocesan clergy formation process and served as chair of the diocesan liturgy commission, as interim chair of the Commission on Ministry, and as a member of the Commission on Ministry to Colleges.”
Before attending General, where she was chief sacristan, Johnstone graduated from the University of Georgia, where she was active in Episcopal Campus Ministries. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of the South. She is married to Ryan Shrauner, a librarian who is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). They have one son, Walter, who is four years old.
Johnstone says of this new call, “I am humbled and excited about serving Bishop Hahn and the Diocese of Lexington as the Canon to the Ordinary in a time where many do not know the life-transforming love Christ has for us. It is my hope that I can assist Bishop Hahn well so that we can all engage in the gospel mission.”
Click here to read Bishop Hahn’s complete announcement on the Diocese of Lexington website.