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The Right Reverend Michael Milliken-Assisting Bishop

 The Right Reverend Michael P. Milliken was consecrated as the Fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kansas on February 19,  2011 following his election in August of 2010. The Bishop was consecrated by The Most Reverend Kathrine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church at the time; The Right Reverend Dean Wolfe, Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of  Kansas; and The Right Reverend Vernon Strickland, Third Bishop of  the Diocese of Western Kansas.

Michael P. Milliken was born March 13, 1947 in Lexington, Kentucky. Bishop Milliken originally dreamed of        becoming a physician, but the Holy Spirit had other ideas and led him into the ordained ministry.
Bishop Milliken served as both Bishop of this diocese and Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Hutchinson for three years. Bishop Milliken is the first Bishop to take on a dual role in 150 years. The experiment of a dual role Bishop was a success and this model has now been shared with other small diocese. On December 31st, 2014, Bishop Milliken stepped down from his position as Rector in order to commit himself full time to the future of the diocese. His vision for the Diocese of Western Kansas is to empower the laity to go out into their communities and minister in the name of Jesus Christ so that all may find hope and abundant life.

On November 30, 2018, Bishop Milliken retired (resigned) as the Sixth Bishop. Bishop Milliken continues to serve in the Diocese as an assisting Bishop.

 The Reverend Canon Jerry Jones - Canon to the Ordinary

(bio coming soon)
                         

 

 

 

     

 The Reverend Canon Ashley Null - Theologian to the Diocese of Western Kansas
 The Rev. Canon Ashley Null is canonically resident in the Diocese of Western Kansas and serves as Bishop                Milliken's theological advisor but spends the majority of his time abroad. Canon Null is the world recognized Canon Null currently holds a research post funded by the German Research Council at Humboldt University of Berlin and is a visiting fellow at the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University and St. John’s College, Durham University. His project is editing the private theological notebooks of Thomas Cranmer, the author of the independent Church of England’s founding formularies, for Oxford University Press. This is a five-volume project. He is the first Canon of the new pro-cathedral of St. Mark's in Alexandria, Egypt.
 
  Toni Cottrell - Diocesan Administrator
Toni was born in Castro Valley, California and moved to Ogden, Utah where she was confirmed into the Episcopal   Church at the Church of the Good Shepherd at the age of 10. After high school, Toni moved to Arizona where she   attended Arizona Tech and received a degree in Broadcasting and Communications. During her time in Arizona she took a job with Ramada Inn and was eventually transferred to Taos, New Mexico. In New Mexico she met           her husband Larry. Toni gave birth to her first child, a girl, in New Mexico. The three moved to Duncan, Oklahoma and their second child, a son, was born inn 1991. The Cottrell family moved to Hutchinson, Kansas in 1994  and made Grace Episcopal Church their parish home. After they moved to Hutchinson Toni secured a job with Don Scott Accounting and then, three years later, took a job at Dudley Construction as their bookkeeper. Toni was with Dudley Construction until 2011 when she became an employee of the Diocese of Western Kansas. Toni's husband Larry is a real estate appraiser and a licensed broker. Toni's daughter, Amber, is a graduate of the University of Kansas and currently works for State Farm Insurance. She is married and she and her husband reside in Fort Collins Colorado.  Her son, Weston, is a graduate of  Wichita State University. He is married to his wife, Megan, and have two boys, Calvin and Jackson. Toni also has 3 step-children and 7 step-grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, photography, and spending time with her beautiful family. 

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