The Venerable Archdeacon Christine McCloud
The Venerable Christine (Chris) McCloud, Archdeacon, is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point Community Services, Inc. (TPCS), a small not-for-profit agency located in Irvington NJ that provides emergency housing and supportive services for homeless women and their children. The goal of TPCS has been to develop and implement programs that facilitate a woman’s ability to become self-sufficient by helping them to break the cycles of violence, substance abuse, poverty, and incarceration that have permeated their lives and have placed them at increased risk for homelessness. Chris has spent over twenty-five years working in the not-for-profit sector and has expertise in the development of special needs housing, job training programs for formally incarcerated individuals, organizational development, and program development.
Chris was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in June 2006 by Bishop Jack Croneberger and was sponsored for ordination by her home parish, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Maplewood, NJ. She is the proud mother of two sons Bilal, 25 and Ramadan, 23. She and her partner Janet, live in Union, NJ. Chris loves music, the New York Yankees, traveling, reading and playing any type of word games.
Deacon Chris is the Co-Chair of the Task Force on Dignity (the diocesan anti-bullying committee); Chair of the Marge Christie Congregational Growth & Vitality Fund Board; a member of NAMASTE (the diocesan anti-racism committee), a member of the Diocesan Standing Committee; is a diocesan Congregational Consultant; and is a Spiritual Advisor for the Diocese of New York Episcopal Cursillo program. In May, 2016 Bishop Mark Beckwith appointed Chris as Archdeacon for Administration and Formation.
Chris is also a veteran of the United States Air Force where she was a Law Enforcement Specialist having served in special assignments in Panama, the Philippines, was appointed as the Air Force Crime Prevention NCO Liaison to the Fort Sam Houston SARPMA program in San Antonio, TX and was named Law Enforcement Specialist of the Year (1983) for the Tactical Air Command Forces.
At times following the retirement or departure of clergy members who have led Holy Innocents, the church is blessed with priests who conduct our services along with Deacon Chris McCloud. We invite priests who are familiar with our liturgy and customs and who we feel understand the special community of fellowship that characterizes our congregation.