The Diocese of Albany is One Church fulfilling the Great Commandment
and the Great Commission, moving from membership to discipleship; equipping,
emboldening, and sending disciples to make disciples.
Honoring Humble Service
On Tuesday, October 31st, Joan Ecker, Business Officer and Transition Assistant, officially retired from the
Diocesan staff after 28 years of service. Joan served faithfully with three Diocesan bishops (Bishop Ball,
Bishop Herzog, and Bishop Love) and one suffragan Bishop (Bishop Bena). She supported several accounting
managers and treasurers. Joan was unfailingly courteous with all those she served, both Diocesan staff and the
clergy, laity, and parishes of this Diocese, and sometimes others. She was concerned about even the smallest
details, making sure that all that she did was complete and correct. She was not only an efficient clerk, but a
compassionate friend to many both in the office and throughout the Diocese, handling requests from clergy and
laity, from parish assessments to benefit decisions, with skill and compassion. Her meticulousness was humbly
presented at each Diocesan Convention as she oversaw the Convention altar guild, preparing for two Eucharists in
two days for over a thousand communicants each year.
Joan has served our Lord and His Church faithfully and has been an inspiration to all. Her impish smile and
loving laugh will be missed around the lunch table and throughout the office. We know her retirement will
continue to be a time of faithful service to our Lord, showing compassion and mercy and getting things just
right wherever she serves. May Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Savior bless His faithful servant Joan with
strength and perseverance always.
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