The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, ordained Carlos Holmes Rendon Agudelo, Zachary Daniel Baker, and Elliot Thomas Conrad to the sacred order of priests on Saturday, September 16 at 11 am at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. The full service recording, sermon, and photo gallery can be viewed below.
Meet the Ordinands
Carlos Holmes Rendon Agudelo
Carlos Holmes Rendon Agudelo, Born in Cali, Colombia, was ordained a deacon on May 14, 2022 in the Episcopal Diocese of Colombia, currently serving at Iglesia de La Santa Cruz in Brooklyn, NY.
He is married to Monica Tatiana Muñoz Lozano, they are the parents of a two-year-old boy Josemaria Rendón Munoz. He is a graduate of the Pablo Velasquez Abreu Center for Theological Studies of the Diocese of the Episcopal Church of Colombia in Ecclesiastical Baccalaureate in Theology.
Zachary Daniel Baker
Zachary Baker is a Michigander by birth and is incredibly excited to start his ministry in the Diocese of Long Island. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, the fourth of five children to Mark and Kim Baker, bookkeepers for local Catholic churches. He completed his B.A. in French Language and Literature from Oakland University in 2013. Joining the Episcopal Church in 2011 after a spiritual journey, he finally took seriously a call from God since childhood to give himself to the service of the church. He started the discernment process in 2015 and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2022. His MDiv thesis is titled “The Automobile as Antichrist”.
His passions include the lives and works of Jacques Ellul and William Stringfellow, genealogy, baseball (Go Tigers and Go Mets!), stamp collecting, and exploring cities when he can. Fun fact: he is a direct descendant of Sarah Rapelje, the first European female born in North America, whose parents migrated to New Amsterdam in 1624, settling on Long Island. He looks forward to meeting, getting to know, and pastoring the people of Long Island.
Elliot Thomas Conrad
Elliot Conrad was born in Waukegan, Illinois and raised in and around Fox Lake, Illinois, where, for much of his upbringing, his parents owned and operated a small diner where Elliot spent much of his childhood. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied experimental film and English.
Not having been raised in the church, he began reading Holy Scripture at 20-years-old. After some years of further reading and prayer, Elliot was baptized at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ingleside, Illinois in the summer of 2006. Later that same summer, he moved to Brooklyn to attend CUNY Brooklyn College’s Master of Fine Arts program in Poetry. In 2007, he met his wife, Lillian, both working at Max Brenner, a restaurant in Union Square. They were married in 2011 and have three children: Colette (7), Abe (3), and Hart (1).
Elliot spent much of his working life serving in, or managing restaurants, mostly in New York City. In 2018, Elliot’s family took a break from Brooklyn on the North Fork of Long Island where Lillian’s father, the Rev. Roger Joslin serves two parishes: Holy Trinity in Greenport and Redeemer in Mattituck. It was while serving with and spending time with these two congregations that Elliot discerned the call to ordained ministry.
In 2020, Elliot and his family moved to Sewanee for seminary, where, as a precaution against Covid-19, classes were held in outdoor tents. Elliot completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Hamilton Hospital in Dalton, Georgia, and preached, taught, and served St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee while in seminary. Elliot graduated this past spring.