The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate of the Diocese of New York has been named the Province II representative to the Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism and Reconciliation (ECCAR) to fill an unexpired term.
Province II Vice-President the Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe announced the appointment, which is effective immediately. “Yamily has shown great leadership in the field of anti-racism and reconciliation, and I am thankful for her contributions to ECCAR and the wider Episcopal Church,” Bishop Duncan-Probe said.
Bass-Choate currently serves as the Liaison to Global Mission and is the former Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries in the Diocese of New York.
“I look forward to continuing my ministry with ECCAR and its important initiatives,” Bass-Choate said.
In 2009, she was named a Trinity Transformational Fellow, and for ten years she served as the Vicar for San Andres, Yonkers, NY.
A native of Colombia, South America, Bass-Choate has resided in the United States for more than 40 years. She has been a social worker for youth, a counselor to victims of domestic violence, and a high school Spanish Teacher.
She received her Master of Divinity from General Theological Seminary in New York. After seminary, Bass-Choate served as Canon for Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Mississippi and the Coordinator for Hispanic Ministries for Province IV. Returning to the Diocese of New York in 2005, she now lives in Yonkers with her two daughters.
In the Diocese of Mississippi, she was appointed to the Anti-racism Commission for the Episcopal Church. She was a board member for Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, the YMCA Jackson Metropolitan area, and CONTACT, the emergency crisis line for Mississippi. She initiated and organized a statewide Spanish language crisis line, AYUDA. She served as Camp Director at Camp Bratton Green, the Diocesan camp in Mississippi. She pioneered a traveling multicultural Vacation Bible School across the diocese and a Total Immersion Spanish Education Program.
She was elected three times, at General Convention 2009, 2012, and 2015, as a trustee for the Board of the General Theological Seminary.
Currently, she is a member of the Episcopal Church's Trust Fund for Hispanic Theological Education, a post she has held for the last nine years.
For more information contact Neva Rae Fox, Provincial Communications/Coordinator, NevaRae@aol.com.