Sherrie Albrecht, Presiding Bishop of the Free Episcopal Church.
Sherrie Albrecht is the current Presiding Bishop of The Free Episcopal Church and also the vicar of GraceMinistries, an outreach of the Free Episcopal Church in the greater Chicago area.
Sherrie began her spiritual walk in the Congregational and Methodist Churches.In her early twenties, she was drawn to sacramental and liturgical worship and converted to Roman Catholicism.She later found a permanent home in the Anglican tradition.
Bishop Albrecht holds an A.A.S. from the College of DuPage (Glen EllynIL) in Geography/Travel and Tourism.She earned a B.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from National-LouisUniversity (EvanstonIL) in 1996.She completed chaplaincy training at Bishop Anderson House (ECUSA), ChicagoIL in 1998 and was certified and commissioned a parish chaplain the same year.Sherrie completed the formation process for the FEC (reading for orders) and was ordained deacon, priest, and bishop by the Convening Bishop, Rt. Rev. Rob Angus Jones.She has since earned a Certificate in Gerontology Studies from MidwesternUniversity (Downers GroveIL) and a Certificate in Substance Abuse Assessment from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).Sherrie has also completed the hospice training course offered by the Hospice Foundation of America at CNS Home Health and Hospice (Carol StreamIL).
Bishop Albrecht as visiting preacher at St. Michael's UCC, West Chicago, IL.
The task of being the FEC’s Presiding Bishop has been an interesting challenge for Sherrie.While her first love has always been one-on-one pastoral care, her duties now include most of the administrative tasks of the denomination.Instead of pastoring a local worshipping community or working as a chaplain, the bishop now finds herself “pastoring the pastors” and the candidates of the FEC.She often finds herself on the road visiting potential candidates or expanding her knowledge base in continuing education venues.Sherrie continues to bring the message of God’s healing love to several people in Illinois and Wisconsin as she celebrates home Eucharist for those who are homebound.She is called upon for pulpit supply by several local pastors, mostly in the northern Illinois area.
Bishop Albrecht served for five years as the chaplain for the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, an organization that rescues abandoned and neglected basset hounds and places them in loving “forever homes.”She and her husband were among the top individual fundraisers for GABR for five years.She is also an award-winning photographer.
Sherrie, who is a native of the Chicagoland area, has been married to Roger Kim since 1976.They have made their home in Wheaton IL since 1977 where they currently live with their “basset kid,” Betsy.They have one adult daughter, Janet, who also lives and works in the Chicago area.