The Reverend Canon
B. Wiley Ammons, Jr.
Canon of First Coast East Region
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
The Rev. Cn. Wiley Ammons is a Jacksonville native and graduate of the University of Florida (BS, Computer Engineering) and Virginia Theological Seminary (MDiv.). After graduating seminary in 2011, he served the Diocese of Florida as the Canon for Youth Ministry, Summer Camp Director for Camp Weed, and founding chaplain of a renewed ministry to the University of North Florida. Thereafter, he served Good Shepherd as Deputy for Outreach Ministry. In 2016, Wiley was called to Redeemer where he has served as rector for the past 6 years.
Outside the sanctuary Wiley built a computer lab for the Children’s Enrichment Workshop, an after school program teaching elementary school children typing and computer programming skills. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Episcopal Children’s Services (ECS), one of the area’s largest non-profits. ECS provides Head Start and Early Head Start services to disadvantaged children and families. He is the programmer, co-producer, and co-host of Forward Movement’s episcopal daily prayer podcasts “A Morning at the Office” and “An Evening at Prayer” helping more than 12,000 daily listeners join together in common prayer.
Wiley and his wife Laura recently celebrated 20 years of marriage, and have a daughter (6) and a son (3). Laura is a Digital Product Manager for TIAA. Wiley is an instrument rated pilot and loves air-travel adventures with his co-pilot and little passengers. He loves camping, weekends at the lake, board games, podcasts, reading, and spending time with dear friends and family. He also tinkers with electronics repair and is an apprentice aircraft mechanic.
Dear friends in Christ of the Diocese of Florida,
I am honored to be considered for Bishop Coadjutor for our diocese. Throughout the process, I have been thrilled to hear from our Nominating and Standing Committees the degree to which the Holy Spirit has been involved. Nowhere was this more apparent for me than at our discernment retreat at the end of February. The church is alive in the Diocese of Florida, and I know we’re in God’s good hands. It was a pleasure to gather and dream with our committee and candidates about what God has in store for our corner of the kingdom. I look forward to dreaming and praying with you in the coming months as we get to know one another better during our introductions and meet and greets.
In my time on diocesan staff, I enjoyed visiting a great many of our churches, and getting to see the wonderful breadth of our worship, places, and people. I was thrilled to get to know our young people at summer camp, where I served as camp director and then clergy dean every year since my ordination. I cherish every opportunity to sing, pray, and watch the Holy Spirit transform all of us as a member of teams on New Beginnings, Happening, Vocare, and Cursillo weekends including the upcoming Cursillo #143. In short, I love this place we call our spiritual home.
Our search process began with listening, and through listening I have heard the call to this ministry. I heard your dreams for who you want our next bishop to be. I heard what you value about our diocese and the things you hope for in the future. I heard your call for unity; that we remain together, that we remain true to our Anglican traditions, and that we work to improve our relationship with The Episcopal Church. I heard your call for a new and enthusiastic generation of Christian leaders for our diocese. I heard your desire to grow younger, more diverse, more inclusive, and more numerous. To all these hopes I pray, “Yes, Lord, yes.” The Diocese of Florida is my home. This is the diocese which raised me in the faith, raised me to the priesthood, and where I will continue to serve in whatever capacity you and the Spirit decide.