Ted Copland is a coach and consultant for Episcopal congregations and clergy 

   
He coaches congregations for
  • positive results in transitions
  • leadership development
  • financial success
    He coaches clergy as colleagues to develop professional and life skills for successful ministry.

Trained for Transitional Ministry by the Clergy Leadership Institute, Ted uses Appreciative Inquiry, informed by Incarnational theology and his own experience.  He has a successful record of coaching parishes from pre-planning through to the celebration of new ministry.

Ted's ministry has primarily been in resource congregations. From 1991-2011 he served as rector of Saint Boniface in Sarasota, Florida.  During his tenure, Boniface became an inclusive, progressive parish well known for its leadership in worship, teaching, healing, and service. He then was Transitional Pastor for Lamb of God Lutheran Episcopal Church, an adventure in Fort Myers, Florida. Ted has also served parishes in the Diocese of Connecticut (St. James, Farmington) and the Diocese of Chicago (St. Matthew's, Evanston), as well as school ministries as a teacher and chaplain in Connecticut, and Professor of Preaching at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.
He occasionally serves as Priest-in-Residence at the House of the Redeemer in New York City.

Overseas, Ted has experience in the wide diversity of Anglican churches and international cultures.  As pastoral consultant to the bishops of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, he became involved in the church's relief work and efforts for peace.  He was appointed by the Presiding Bishop to facilitate coordination for the peace process in the dioceses of Central America.  He was a founder of Casa Ave Maria, an ecumenical agency serving children in Nicaragua.  Operating the largest children's rescue program at the end of the Contra War, Casa Ave Maria successfully opened a new vocational center and school in the city of Masaya, and became financially independent.  Invited to teach leadership and preaching in the Diocese of Pretoria, South Africa, Ted served three terms there and is a Canon of St. Alban's Cathedral. 

Committed to a centrist position in the Episcopal Church, Ted has been a member of various commissions and committees in several dioceses and was a founder and the first convener of Southwest Florida Via Media Episcopalians.  He has served on various alumni committees of General Seminary, and twice been a faculty member of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. 


Ted is a native of New England, a graduate of Cornell University and the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, with additional work in education at St. Joseph's College. 


He and Judy live on Siesta Key where Ted can bike, swim and kayak.  They are the proud parents of David and Ellen, and the grandparents of Joseph, Sarah, Daniel, Joyce, and Maria.