The Rev. Gail Avery: Our New Canon for Transition and Community Engagement

Bishop Rob Hirschfeld is pleased to announce the Rev. Gail Avery will be our new Canon for Transition and Community Engagement in The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire. He announced this new role, saying, "Gail's passion for building communities of love and justice is evident. She enjoys the admiration of the clergy of this diocese and brings the right assortment of gifts to carry the Jesus Movement forward in New Hampshire. We're looking forward to the bright energy she will bring into Diocesan House."

From the onset, the Rev. Gail Avery has been immersed in ministries that have crossed cultural, religious and economic barriers—expanding the boundaries of parish reach and giving voice to the most vulnerable in our midst. 

Gail earned her M.Div. at the Episcopal Divinity School with special competency in Anglican, Global and Ecumenical Studies and was noted by the Boston Theological Institute for her excellence in International Mission and Ecumenical Engagement.  Subsequently, she spent sevens years as maritime chaplain, bringing her face-to face with the daily struggles of seafarers far from home who frequent our New England ports. 

Gail has served three parishes in New Hampshire and spent the past three years as interim rector at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Dover.  Since 2008 she has acted as the Diocesan-appointed clergy delegate to Province One.  She also chairs the Reconciliation Commission that supports statewide social outreach and the Angola Committee spearheading parish partnering with on-the-ground global need within the diverse Anglican Community.  She was elected to the 2018 General Convention clergy deputation and serves as president of the board for William Lawrence Camp in Center Tuftonboro, NH. 

Throughout her priesthood, Gail has shared her work in the wider community, modeling a ‘coming alongside’ approach that she believes is intrinsic to all successful ministries.  Working inside and outside the institutional church, Gail has expanded her understanding of what it means to be church and deepened her love of what church is becoming.  She brings this perspective to her new appointment as Canon for Transition and Community Engagement as she creatively engages with congregations and wider church community.

Gail grew up in the Boston area and received her B.S. in Business Administration and Family Services from the University of New Hampshire.  She is married to Kirk Trachy, and they have three grown sons Samuel, Miles and Todd, and two young grandchildren Noemi and Lincoln.  Miles and Todd are serving in the United States Air Force based in San Antonio, Texas and Fussa, Japan, respectively.  An avid runner for the discipline it instills, a strong advocate of daily prayer for the guidance and wisdom it brings, and a lover of travel for the broader perspective on self it provides, she is committed to innovating the role church can play worldwide, starting locally.