It is with great joy that I announce the appointment of Maurice L. Harris as the new communications minister for the Episcopal Church in Vermont. This is a full-time position on the Diocesan Ministry Support Team. Maurice will be responsible for day-to-day communications planning and execution for the Episcopal Church in Vermont, and will serve as a coach, trainer and advocate for parish volunteers and staff responsible for communications. I am confident Maurice will play an important role in our diocesan initiative of “becoming more missional.” Maurice was selected from a talented group of applicants by members of the Diocesan Ministry Support Team and members of Diocesan Council.
Maurice and his husband, Might, will be moving to Vermont from Cincinnati, Ohio, where they have been active members of Christ Church Cathedral and advocates for economic equity, social justice and LGBTQ rights. Maurice is founder and creative director of Pushpop Media, a full-service marketing and communication creative agency. Prior to launching his own agency, Maurice oversaw communications and media relations for Firstgroup America—parent company of Greyhound, First Student, First Transit, and First Vehicle Services— as director of corporate communications. He also managed communications for Fifth Third Bank as assistant vice president of marketing and communications for the central operations, mortgage and information technology divisions.
A gifted musician and composer, Maurice began his career in music, serving as head sales and music licensing manager for Legend Entertainment Corp. Maurice holds a B.B.A. in Management from Northwood University and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mount St. Joseph University. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Ethical and Creative Leadership from Union Institute and University with certificates in Education Leadership and Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies & Social Change. Maurice’s pastimes include songwriting and hiking, and he notes Warren Falls and Rock Point as his latest adventures.
Maurice will begin his new ministry in Vermont on July 11, working out of his home office. He will take on this expanded communications role from Kathleen Moore, our current part-time communications minister, who is beginning her Seminary education at Church Divinity School of the Pacific this fall. Kathleen and Maurice will work together for six weeks as we make this transition. Please welcome Maurice into his new ministry with us!