Alethea Long-Green was ordained into the Episcopal Dicoses of Washington (EDOW) Ministry of the Diaconate in November 2022. Life as a Deacon is a second career and fulfillment of a lifetime calling after a 30-year career in public and private industry. Her call is to “serve humbly and be an outward beacon of Christ’s love in the world: to meet people where they are; to understand their needs; and to work through the Church to assist in meeting those needs of body, mind, and spirit.” Her vision is to love God’s sheep in thought, word, and deed; to strive to show that love through actions, prayers, and ministry; and to empower people to go out into the world more vital than before, having strengthened their understanding of Jesus’ way, their relationship with God, and linking their connections with each other.
Alethea is a Congregational Coach with the Tending Our Soil Growth Initiative at EDOW. Additionally, she completed a parish internship at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro, MD prior to ordination. Her social service internship was completed at the National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, a D.C. community-based nonprofit that provides resources and support for formerly incarcerated individuals seeking to reclaim their families and places in society upon returning home. Her home parish is Epiphany Episcopal Church, Forestville, MD.
Recently retired, Alethea has been a Senior Management Advisor with consulting and leadership experience in strategic human capital, program management, training and development, technology assessment, and program evaluation. She is also a former Adjunct Professor with George Mason University. She is a seasoned and innovative leader whose expertise, strategic vision, and successful business development have secured multi-million dollars in projects that federal agencies, academic institutions, and private companies have benchmarked as best practices.
Alethea possesses an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree from American University in Public Administration, and certification from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP’s) Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL). She also possesses certifications in Training, Facilitation, and Coaching with the John Maxwell Leadership Institute and Coach Approach to Skill Training (CAST), an ICF-approved curriculum with Chris Holmes Coaching and Associates.
Alethea is recently married to Stewart L. Thomas. She is a mother and mother-in-law to Dia and Vance Smith and grandmother to six-year-old Keaton Alexander Smith.