The Very Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge
Robyn has served on diocesan staff in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania since 2011, first as Canon for Formation and, most recently, as Dean of the Stevenson School for Ministry and Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership Development, a role in which she has served since 2013. As Dean, Robyn has worked to form a Board of Directors for the school, expanded the internship and mentorship opportunities for students, and is overseeing the expansion of the school to include the School for the Diaconate, a Pilot Priesthood program, further opportunities for continuing education for both clergy and lay leaders, and the Vital and Effective Leadership Institute for newly ordained clergy and clergy who are new to their cures.
Before joining diocesan staff, Robyn served seven years as associate rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Carlisle, PA. She also served on staff of Episcopal Church Center as Staff Officer for Children’s Ministries and Christian Education from 1998-2004 and, from 1994-1998, was the Assistant to the Bishop for Christian Education and Director of the Christian Education Resource Center for the Diocese of Bethlehem. Other positions include ten years as adjunct professor at Moravian University for MDiv students, five years as Associate to the Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, Pottsville, and one year as Assistant to the Rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Robyn is a graduate of West Chester University (BS, Health and Physical Education) and holds masters degrees from Lehigh University (Education), Moravian Seminary (MDiv, Theology), and General Theological Seminary (STM, Liturgical Theology). She was the invited keynote speaker at the International Anglican Formation Advisors Conference in London, England in March 2004. In 2000, Robyn received the John Hus Award for outstanding life achievement in Christian Formation and Education by an Alumnae of Moravian University. She is a member of the National Council of Churches MCE Board, the National Association of Ecumenical Resource Center Directors, the National Catechesis of Good Shepherd, the Ecumenical Child Care Network and FORMA, the National Association of Episcopal Diocesan Christian Education Directors Children’s Defense Fund.