Dent Davidson, associate for arts and liturgy on the bishop’s staff, will leave his position on January 30 for a new job developing emerging liturgy and music at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City.
Davidson joined the bishop’s staff in 2008. For more than a decade, he has been chaplain and musician to the House of Bishops. During his tenure he has also served at St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, Annunciation of Our Lady in Gurnee, and for the last year with St. James Cathedral, serving as missioner for music and liturgy.
“I am extraordinarily grateful to Dent for his decade of service to the people of the Diocese of Chicago, for his friendship, and for the rich collaboration he has fostered with musicians across our diocese. People of St. Bart’s, get ready to sing!” said Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee, who with Davidson is the author of “Gathered for God,” a book about worship and music published earlier this year by Church Publishing.
“I’ve enjoyed the blessing of working, creating, praying and singing alongside wonderfully committed people in service to the church in this diocese and community,” Davidson wrote in a letter announcing his resignation. “My greatest joy has been going out among you, the people of this diocese: working to help bring vitality and inspiration to our song, prayer, and the life of mission we share.”
More information about a farewell party for Davidson and his husband, Jim Paddleford, will be announced soon.