Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe
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The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe was consecrated as the 11th Bishop of Central New York on December 3, 2016, following her election to the position at a special convention of the Diocese of Central New York on August 6, 2016. She enjoys building up sustainable ministry, encouraging people in their service of God, and sharing the vibrant love of Jesus by organizing and implementing healthy church systems.
Bishop DeDe’s vocation as a priest led her to serve in a wide variety of parish ministry settings, including two years in the Diocese of Massachusetts and nine years in the Diocese of Virginia. From 2009 until shortly after her election to the episcopate, she was the Rector of St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia. There she became the first woman to shepherd a church from mission to parish status in the Diocese of Virginia. She held a number of leadership positions in that diocese, and at the time of her election as bishop she was serving as Dean of Region VII, as Regional Priest of Northern Virginia for the Commission on Congregational Missions, and as a Board Member of the Diocesan Missionary Society. She had also served as the Region VII Representative for the Diocesan Executive Board, as a founding member of the Diocesan Dayspring Committee, and as the Chairperson of the Vision Committee for Congregations.
Prior to entering ordained ministry, Bishop DeDe had a successful career in education and business. She began her professional life as an educator, teaching in public and private schools, including 2 years working with inner-city at-risk youth in Los Angeles, California. In 1994, she founded a grant-writing agency that successfully funded a counseling program for at-risk teens in the San Mateo Court and Community Schools of California. During that same year she and her husband co-founded a consulting firm, CA AeroComm Corporation, and she was the firm’s Chief Operating Officer for five years. During her time in California, she also enjoyed a career as a professional singer, performing gospel, blues and jazz music with a variety of groups.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a Master of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary, and a doctor of philosophy degree in theology from The Graduate Theological Foundation, completed at Oxford University. She and her husband, Chris Probe, have three children. Bishop DeDe enjoys golfing, hiking, visiting art galleries, kayaking, tennis, and spending time with her family and their two dogs.