Meet the Racial Justice & Reconciliation

Commission Members

The Rev. Canon
Lloyd S. Casson

The Rev. Canon Lloyd S. Casson was the first rector of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington established by the 211th Annual Convention in 1996 by the consolidation of two historic parishes, one Black, one white. This year, 2021, marks the 25th anniversary of a vital multicultural congregation. Canon Casson retired from active ministry in June, 2007. Since 1964, Casson’s ordained ministry has involved work on many fronts within the Episcopal Church, by leadership roles in parishes, cathedrals, diocesan and Presiding Bishop’s staffs, Standing Committees, Executive Council, and General Convention. As a community leader, in Wilmington and elsewhere, Casson was a respected advocate for equality in public education, housing, employment, criminal justice, and other areas. He served on public and charter school boards, community agencies, and advocacy groups. At times, he was in the streets, involved in community organizing, peaceful demonstrations, and direct actions. In retirement, he serves as an occasional preacher, teacher, mentor, and spiritual guide. Casson is Rector Emeritus at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew where he also worships.

Sherri Howell

Sherri Howell is an active member of Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington, Delaware where she serves on the Vestry and Racial Reconciliation Ministry to the glory and excellence of God.  A native daughter of Philadelphia, Sherri was christened at Calvary-St. Augustine under the covering of Father Thomas W.S. Logan, Sr and has lived in Delaware for the past 31 years.  Sherri is a well-known event marketing executive, community leader and 27-year television, radio, public relations and hospitality professional in the Philadelphia and New York Metro markets.  Her incredible energy and vision have made her a sought after agent for change.  Her imprint spans a litany of organizations including Smooth Jazz WJJZ, Y-100, QVC, WWOR-TV, Delmarva Broadcasting, New Castle County PAL – Boys Academy, Zanzibar Blue, Relish, Tour Catering NYC and La Quinta Hotels among others.  For the past 29 years, Sherri has served tirelessly on the board of directors for the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia.  Today, she is the General Manager for First District Self Help, Inc., a non-profit whose purpose is to support industrial and commercial business enterprises to create and expand employment and other economic opportunities for disadvantaged and under privileged groups and individuals. Sherri is also a dedicated champion/speaker in the fight against breast cancer.   

The Rev.
Ted Olson

The Rev. Ted Olson was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 and is currently serving as associate priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes. He is also a licensed professional counselor. He was appointed to the RJRC by Bishop Brown in October 2020. He and his spouse, Jack, a retired educator, live in Millsboro.

The Rev. Deacon
Clay Brown

The Rev. Deacon Clay Brown lives in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and is blessed with two adult daughters and four beautiful grandchildren. He has been a member of Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington for the past ten years. During that time, he has served as an acolyte, reader, Eucharistic Minister, and assisted with Thursday morning worship and bible study. Additionally, he has served on PACT, the “Walkabout”, Bishop Brown’s ordination and consecration, as a delegate to the annual convention, in support of Family Promise, and on the vestry. Clay is a cradle Episcopalian, and grew up in a multicultural congregation in West Philadelphia during the heart of the Civil Rights movement. Since that time, Clay has served as an officer in the US Army Reserves and practiced as a registered nurse. He is a graduate of General Theological Seminary, New York City and brings with him a wealth of experience in ministry and cultural diversity. Clay is a Clinical Nurse Educator at Ashfield Health Care in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

Robert Irwin

Bob Irwin attends Immanuel on the Green Episcopal Church in Old New Castle and has been a member there for over 20 years. He is currently a Eucharistic Minister and serves as the Junior Warden. As we navigated COVID and the period where there was no in-person worship, he was part of the team that recorded and posted all of the services to the Immanuel website. Bob serves the Episcopal Church in Delaware as an intake officer on the Disciplinary Board. He works with the board to seek to resolve conflicts by promoting healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life, and reconciliation among all involved or affected.   He is currently employed as a director at the Delaware Department of Justice and leads a team of investigators that have a variety of responsibilities in supporting the mission of the Attorney General and state government. Bob graduated from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, with a Master of Science degree in criminal justice and criminology. He lives in New Castle, DE with his wife. They have four daughters and eight grandchildren. 

Charisse L. Rodgers

Charisse L. Rodgers is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a lifelong Episcopalian who has served on two vestries, been a church treasurer, been on the ECW Board and on the diocesan nominating and program committees as well as on Diocesan Council. Charisse was an alternate delegate to the 2012 General Convention and previously served as a board member of Cathedral Community Services, Inc. She is a member of the finance committee at the Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew. She volunteers for the Grand Opera House and is chairperson of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program Committee of Delaware. Charisse also currently serves as a Trustee at the Grand Opera House.

The Rev. Dr.
Carol Flett

The Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, St. Peter’s, Lewes, retired and moved to Lewes in 2020 with her husband, George, and their dog, Trevor. A graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass. – M.Div. ’88 & D.Min. 2000. Carol served as a parish priest for 25 years and was rector of three parishes in the Diocese of Massachusetts and rector of one parish in the Diocese of Washington, DC. Having served on the national church’s Anti-racism Task Force, her D.Min. project was “an Evaluation of the Effect of Anti-racism training on attitudes of adults in suburban parishes”. In her retirement, she served as the Ecumenical & Inter-religious Officer for the Diocese of Washington for 7 years and coordinated a series of Interfaith, Inter-religious dialogues for Montgomery County, Maryland for 6 years. She is a new member of the Episcopal Church in Delaware’s Racial Justice & Reconciliation Commission.

Dr. Sheridan
Quarless Kingsberry

Dr. Sheridan Quarless Kingsberry is a retired professor of social work from Delaware State University. Prior to teaching, she served in management positions in higher education, and in non-profit and governmental institutions in New Jersey. She has served on several boards in New Jersey and Delaware (YWCA Delaware, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Delaware Chapter (President), Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, Primo Lecture Series, Trustee of Color, Serviam Girls Academy).  Kingsberry has received several awards: NASW-DE Social Worker of the Year, Social Work Today Dedicated and Deserving Social Work Award, YWCA Delaware Rita Turner Leadership Award, New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Keeper of the Dream Award, Douglass College Outstanding Alumnae Award, and New Jersey Outstanding Women of Achievement Award. She is committed to and passionate about work that will bring about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Kingsberry worships at St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Wilmington. She was appointed Co-Chair of the RJRC by the Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown.

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