Fellows Class of 2020

ECF has named two individuals to the 2020 Fellows class – Hannah Mudge Armidon and Sarah Monroe. These innovative and emerging leaders are pairing their expertise with their passion to make a positive impact on the Episcopal Church and beyond.

Hannah Mudge Armidon was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany in 2010. Prior to this, she was a veterinary technician and a professional violinist. For the subsequent seven years, she planted and oversaw a church planting ministry in the inner city of Troy, NY. In 2017, she became ill and left to pursue a PhD in Old Testament studies at Wycliffe College, Toronto, focusing on the theology of uncleanness. She lives in Illinois with her husband Robert and a wide variety of potted plants as she continues her studies.

Sarah Monroe is the priest in charge and cofounder of Chaplains on the Harbor, a parish of over 500 homeless, incarcerated, and poor people in rural Grays Harbor County, Washington State. Sarah grew up on the Harbor, attended Episcopal Divinity School, and planted Chaplains on the Harbor in 2013. Now employing eleven staff members, most of whom are formerly homeless, Chaplains on the Harbor operates a 23 acre farm, hosts six feeding programs a week, runs a community center and low-barrier shelter, does human rights organizing, and offers pastoral care to people on the streets and behind bars. Harbor Roots Farm, their supportive employment program, was started in 2016 to provide living-wage jobs for local people getting off the street, out of jail, graduating from drug treatment, and otherwise stabilizing in their lives. Sarah, and the entire staff, have been deeply involved in the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival since its inception. She is passionate about bringing poor communities together across lines of difference and division. Drawing on the group's experience, as an ECF Fellow, she will develop a chaplaincy training program, focusing on developing leadership in poor communities and movement building. The training program will both continue to develop local leadership and offer a model to the larger church about how to be church among the 140 million poor people in the United States at this moment. Sarah has written about her experience working in a majority white, very poor community, and on anti-racism and movement building in that context, and is currently working on her first book about this groundbreaking ministry.