The Rev. Cn. Abbott Bailey

Canon to the Ordinary | Working Group Head for Congregational Ministries

The Rev. Canon Abbott Bailey serves as the Episcopal Diocese of California's Canon to the Ordinary. She officially began her new ministry in the diocese in February of 2018.

Canon Abbott represents the Bishop, serves as secondary Diocesan spokesperson, and oversees Diocesan work related to congregational development and vitality for the missions and parishes of the Diocese. She is responsible for the administrative oversight of the mission congregations and specialized ministries of the Diocese and their clergy; administers the Title IV process; consults with clergy and congregations with conflict resolution and crisis management; and designs programs and provides consulting support in collaboration with other Diocesan staff, clergy and lay leadership of the Diocese to promote congregational vitality. Canon Abbott supports the work of the Bishop related to the Standing Committee and Executive Council; serves as a liaison to the Chancellor; and sits on the Personnel Practices Committee, and the Deanery Coordinating Committee. She and Eric assist the Bishop in the pastoral care and support of clergy and lay leadership.

Before receiving her call to California, Canon Abbott served for a decade as the rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. In that role, she also served as chaplain and board member at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and co-executive director of Grace-on-the-Hill, an Episcopal Service Corps Program.  Prior to that role, she served as an associate rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. Canon Abbott received a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, Anglican Diploma from Berkeley Divinity School, and Certificate in Liturgical Studies from the Institute of Sacred Music. 

Prior to ordination, Canon Abbott worked as an executive in several regional and statewide nonprofit organizations in the areas of community health care, health policy, and health philanthropy. She has a Master of Public Administration with honors from The George Washington University, and a B.A. from Eckerd College.

Originally from West Virginia, Canon Abbott maintains a great love of the outdoors and enjoys wandering in the wilderness, tending her “beautiful mess” of a flower garden, and taking long meandering walks with her pup, Alice.