The Rev. Dcn. Roberta “Bobbi” Kraft has accepted a call to serve as curate at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Waco, Texas in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. She will serve for the next two years in the position as an assistant to the Rector of the parish with pastoral responsibility. Ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Matthew Gunter in December 2017, she completed a Masters of Divinity at the Virginia Theological Seminary in May. She will be ordained to the priesthood on July 21st, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Fond du Lac.
Prior to her discernment of a call to the priesthood, Bobbi was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church, Sheboygan where she served as Senior Warden. She was active in diocesan ministry including volunteering at the diocesan summer camp. She served as a deputy to General Convention in 2015.
“What a blessing to the Church she has been and will continue to be,” Bishop Gunter shared. “Her gifts and pastoral abilities will be an asset to any that she serves.” In a Facebook post announcing the decision, Dcn. Bobbi noted she was “excited and humbled by what has passed and what is yet to come. Thank you for all of your steadfast love and support!”
The Executive Council of the Diocese of Fond du Lac has approved the 2018 Clergy Minimum Compensation and Benefits Schedule. The Minimum Compensation Scale includes a 1.0% increase to the 2017 base. The purpose of the schedule is to provide a minimal consistency for clergy who are working on a full-time basis. Clergy working on a part-time basis are expected to be compensated in proportion to the minimum scale. However, because of the variety of types and opportunities of ordained on a part-time basis, compensation and benefits are negotiated to the mutual benefit of the cleric and congregation and need approval of the Bishop.
Included with the document is an analysis of current clergy compensation compared against a variety of metrics used by the Finance Committee in consideration of its recommendation to the Executive Council. The conclusion is that based on these comparisons, clergy in the diocese receive adequate compensation near the median of overall national compensation for Episcopal clergy. Because of Wisconsin’s lower cost of living compared to most of the United States, current levels of compensation do not appear to be a barrier to calling clergy from outside the diocese.
You can download the document at diofdl.org/clergy (diofdl.org > Diocese > Clergy).