Our Clergy

 

The Reverend Angela S. Ifill

Interim Rector

St. Mark’s Church

 

                                               

Over the past thirteen years the Reverend Angela S. Ifill served the Episcopal Church as Missioner  for Black Ministries and in that capacity developed the New Visions Initiative for Congregational Renewal and Vitality, established a Clergy Leadership Institute for the recently ordained, an Institute for Learning and Advancement for the Sudanese Community and the Rising Stars Experience (RISE) against the School to Prison Pipeline.  She also worked closely with youth and young adults and with the three Episcopal affiliated Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

 

Before going to the Church Center Rev. Ifill served as Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio as the first black priest to be called to the corporate-sized congregation in the Diocese of Ohio and served there as the Chair of the Anti-Racism Commission.  As Canon Pastor at Trinity and St. Philips Cathedral in Newark, New Jersey, Rev. Ifill successfully launched the Mission to Dismantle Racism in the Diocese and was also instrumental in developing a Companion Relationship with the Diocese of Mozambique and led a group there to help install solar water pumps. 

 

A spiritually directed and mission minded person she served for one year as a missionary in East Africa, studied African Christianity and traveled Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia for research and to write a paper on the Revival of the Church in East Africa.   

 

After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Rev. Ifill earned the Master’s in Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, in Alexandria, Virginia in 1995.  She has studied at Oxford, England and the College at Windsor Castle, Windsor.  She has earned numerous certificates in Ministry, Leadership and Management and has completed course work toward a Doctor of Ministry degree.   

 

Reverend Ifill developed the Rising Stars Experience (RISE) a Rite of Passage Experience for young people and the Values to Live By resource.   She also developed the New Visions Initiative for Congregational Renewal and Vitality and the Leadership Institute for Learning and Renewal with the Sudanese community.   She is currently the Interim Rector at St. Mark’s Church in Haines City, Florida, and the Founder & CEO of Isaiah 6:8 International Initiatives Group, Inc.     

 

Trinidad born, Rev. Ifill is the mother of three wonderful children and superbly talented grandchildren.  She enjoys walking, is an avid gardener and loves to travel, read and entertain.