Mysen, Plummer Join Bishop’s Executive Team

Bishop Lee has named two new members of his executive team, appointing the Rev. Andrea Mysen as director of ministries and Crystal Plummer as acting director of networking.

Mysen will lead the diocese’s work to develop vital congregations, assist congregations in clergy transitions, develop and support clergy and lay leaders, and support youth and campus ministry.

Plummer will guide the diocese’s advocacy and community engagement as well as communications and fundraising. The post was most recently held by the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who in October was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.

Mysen has served as acting director of ministries since June, when the Rev. Jim Steen retired. She had been the diocese’s associate director of ministries since 2014.

“Andrea has been a vital member of my staff for more than two years, and during that time, she has developed and launched the new College for Congregational Development, revamped our Fresh Start program for clergy new to the diocese, and assisted many congregations with leadership transitions” Lee said. “She is hardworking, insightful, and dedicated, and I am delighted that she has agreed to continue supporting our congregations and leaders across the diocese.”

From 2011-2015, Plummer was associate for development and events consultant for the Diocese of Chicago. She has also been a capital campaign consultant for the Episcopal Church Foundation, project manager for Canticle Communications, and a corporate manager in the insurance and financial services industries.

“When Crystal returned to Chicago last year, I was delighted to think that we might find an opportunity for her to return to my staff,” Lee said. “Her excellent organizational skills and strong network of relationships across the diocese make her the ideal person to lead our community engagement work in this transition.”

Before joining Lee’s staff, Mysen served as curate at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Chicago and rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Highland Park. She has been a member of the Bishop and Trustees of the diocese and co-chair of the Congregations Commission. Mysen holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University, and master’s degrees from Denver Seminary and Seabury Western Theological Seminary. She and her wife, Renee Brandt, live with their two children in Evanston.

Plummer holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master of business administration degree from Rutgers University. She and her husband, Bruce, live in Chicago.