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The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe was elected to serve as the Diocesan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York on August 6th, 2016 and was consecrated on December 3rd, 2016. Previously she served as the Rector of St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia, from January of 2009 to September of 2016, where she was the first woman to shepherd a church from mission to parish status in The Diocese of Virginia.
Bishop DeDe 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. In her vocation as a priest she served in a wide a variety of settings, including two years in the Diocese of Massachusetts and nine years in the Diocese of Virginia. Prior to her call to the episcopate, she was serving the Diocese of Virginia as Dean of Region VII, as the 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 and as a founding member of the Diocesan Dayspring Committee, as the Chairperson of the Vision Committee for Congregations.
Prior to her vocation as a priest, 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 also co-founded a consulting firm, CA AeroComm Corporation, with her husband. For five years Bishop DeDe was the Chief Operating Officer of this firm. During her time in California, she enjoyed a career as a professional singer, performing with a variety of groups and primarily singing gospel, blues, and jazz.
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 is married to Chris Probe and has three children. Bishop DeDe enjoys golfing, hiking, visiting art galleries, kayaking, tennis, and spending time with her family and their dogs, Sophie and Buoy.