Frank H. Bailey

Frank Bailey, Deacon

Born in 1944 in Winchester, KY, Frank grew up in that state and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in 1966 and a J.D. in 1968.

For most of his early years, Frank attended the Methodist Church where he was baptized in 1956. He was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1986 at the Washington National Cathedral. He has served as a Vestry member, sung in several choirs, and been a
lector and Eucharistic Minister in three Episcopal Churches. Frank has led adult forums, volunteered with several church-sponsored programs, and served on the Board and as President of the
Episcopal-sponsored Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington.

Over the years he had several people suggest that he consider a religious vocation in the ordained ministry. He generally rejected each of these suggestions until five years ago when he heard Bishop Eugene Sutton talk about the need for additional Deacons in the Diocese of Maryland. After much discussion with family and clergy, Frank felt God’s call to greater service and prayerfully decided to enter formal diaconate training and was ordained as a Deacon in September, 2015 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Elkridge, MD.

Frank says, “I believe that each of us have been given talents that can be put to the greater service of God and God’s people when we are summoned to do that. I also believe that at some time in our each of our lives, we are all called to make a much more personal and intentional commitment to God’s service and that what God asks of us is that we be open to the possibility of becoming Christ’s messenger to share the good news of God’s love, compassion and grace and to put our faith into action.”

Reflecting on his work life, Frank has found that his career path has helped hone both his philosophy of service and his skills for the diaconate. ” I began my career with 13 years at the Council of State Governments (CSG), the last three years as Chief Executive Officer. While at CSG, I also served in various director level positions with CSG affiliates the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors, the National Conference of State Chief Justices, and the Southern Governors’ Association. Upon leaving CSG, I became the Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Community Mental Health Centers and later the CEO of the National Volunteer Center. Before I retired, I spent my final 21 years with AARP in various state, regional and national positions serving AARP’s 39 million members, ending with 7 years as Director of Health Issues for the association.”

Frank has been married to Denise Vesuvio for over 20 years, and they are the parents of a  daughter. His wife is the Director of Children’s Faith Formation at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellicott City, MD.