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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.

The Right Reverend Silvestre Romero - Assistant Bishop

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas is pleased to call the Rt. Rev.  Silvestre Romero to ministry. Bishop Romero will serve as Missioner at St. Andrew’s, in Liberal.
Bishop Romero was Ordained to the diaconate in June of 1996 and priesthood in February 1997 in the Central American Diocese of Belize by his father Bishop Sylvester Romero Palma. 
Bishop Romero has served in the Diocese of Spokane, the Diocese of El Camino Real and the Diocese of Massachusetts. He was fully involved at the national church level of The Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Executive Council, a General Convention delegate, on the Standing Commission for Domestic Mission and Evangelism, a member of the Council of Advice for Latino Ministry and a member of the Youth Ministry Council. He was also pressed into service as a Spanish-English translator at four Episcopal General Conventions and was the first Latino Chaplain to the House of Deputies in 2006. 
In May of 2017, Bishop Romero was elected as Bishop Coadjutor for the Diocese of Guatemala and less than a year later he was installed as their Bishop. 
Bishop Romero is married to his wife Thelma, and they have three children.

 The Reverend Canon Cameron Randle - Canon to the Ordinary

 Fr. Cameron will serve as Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese and as priest-in-charge at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Garden City.
Fr. Randle has been a priest for 14 years. Ordained to the diaconate in January 2009 and priesthood in September 2009, both in the Diocese of Los Angeles. After 25 years as a music executive in Nashville, Los Angeles and Austin, TX. He has served parishes in Hollywood, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; and on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Fr. Randle’s family is from Liberal and Ulysses. He is a graduate of Liberal High School, Oral Roberts University, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Yale Divinity School, the University of Tulsa College of Law, and the London School of Economics.



 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 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 in 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, Jackson and daughter, Hayley i Dallas -Fort Worth area in Texas. Toni and her husband together have 5 children, 10 grandchildren and a great grandson. She enjoys gardening, golf, photography, and spending time with her beautiful family. 

Christine Higdon - Administrative Assistant

Chris was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas. At the age of 13 Chris was Baptized at First Baptist Church in Hutchinson. Following graduation from Hutchinson High School Chris attended Hutchinson Junior College and Salt City Business College. Chris married Dave Higdon in 1970. Dave worked 34 years for the Hutchinson Police Department, retiring as the Assistant Police Chief holding the rank of Captain. Together they have a son Shawn, who is the Vice President of Retail Operations for a major international clothing and shoe company in California. He and his wife, Maureen reside in Valencia, California. A daughter, Jamie Schartz who operates a local daycare, she and her husband John reside in Hutchinson. From these unions Chris has 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Chris worked as an assistant in the general dental field and then went to work for J. Konrad Rock, DDS as his surgical assistant for many years. Chris worked for Health-E-Quip as a customer service supervisor and for Hospice and Homecare as a bereavement counselor. She then used her secretarial skills to go to work as the membership secretary for First Baptist Church here in Hutchinson. Chris was the Student Services Secretary for USD 308 Vo-Tech where she eventually retired. Chris missed her opportunities to interact with the community, so she began volunteering with RSVP. She enjoys helping people sign up for their part D, RX Medicare plans, helping people during Income tax time and at the Chamber of Commerce. Chris enjoys playing with her little Bichon, Sophie. Chris was on the Board of Directors for Eastside Cemetery for many years and also enjoyed singing with Sweet Adeline’s. Dave and Chris began attending Grace Episcopal Church in 2020, however due to the unexpected Covid crisis much of the first 18 months was online. Once restrictions were lifted, they attended confirmation classes and were confirmed on June 5, 2022, making Grace Episcopal our parish home. Chris enjoys reading, cooking and family activities especially those with her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.
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