Current Leadership and Committee Membership


Provincial Council Delegates

The Synod elects one (1) clergy and two (2) lay persons to serve 5-year terms as members of the Provincial Council. The member of the clergy nominated must be serving either on the Standing Committee or the Diocesan Council at the time of nomination. 

Mrs. Karissa Bodoh Lay Representative
The Very Rev. John Wallace Clergy Representative
Mr. Mark Wilkerson Lay Representative

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (SC) is an elected group of clergy and laypersons who serve to assist the Bishop in effective leadership of the diocese. The SC supports the Bishop the way a vestry supports a rector, and annually reviews the Bishop. The SC also helps review and approve congregation and clergy transfers.  

The Rev. Michael Petty (Chair) Clergy Representative
The Rev. Canon Keith Allen Clergy Representative
The Rev. Morgan Clark Clergy Representative
Ms. Katrina Rolle Lay Representative
Mrs. Jaimi Wacksman Lay Representative
Mr. Bill Willhelm Lay Representative

Diocesan Council

The Diocesan Council (DC) is an executive body with power to implement policies and programs adopted by Synod. The DC is composed of the Bishop, Secretary, Chancellor, Deans, SC Chair, Treasurer, three clergy (elected), and three laypersons (elected). The Bishop has authority and responsibility for budgetary and fiscal management, but the DC works to propose and submit the budget annually. The DC oversees the work of the Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, and the Constitution & Canons Committee.  

The Rt. Rev. Alex Farmer Bishop (ex officio)
The Venerable Jessica H. Jones Archdeacon (ex officio)
Mr. Christopher McCarthy Executive Administrator (ex officio)
The Rev. Canon Mark Eldredge Canon for Congregatios (ex officio)
The Rev. Canon Taylor Bodoh Canon for Church Planting (ex officio)
Mrs. Michelle Herbst Ministry Canon Associate (ex officio)
The Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Horowitz Communications Director (ex officio)
The Rev. Michael Petty Chair of Standing Committee
Mr. Mose Stuart Chancellor
Mr. Sam Garrison Vice-Chancellor
Mr. Dennis Kelemen Treasurer
Mr. Justin Smith Secretary of Synod
The Very Rev. John Wallace Dean of Central Deanery
The Very Rev. Mike McDonald Dean of Southern Deanery
The Very Rev. David Ball Dean of Northeastern Deanery
The Very Rev. Andrew Rowell Dean of Western Deanery
The Rev. Christopher Jones Clergy Representative (through 2023)
Mrs. Julie O'Steen Lay Representative (through 2023)
The Rev. Matthew Wilkins Clergy Representative (through 2024)
Mr. David Mica Sr. Lay Representative (through 2024)
The Rev. John Hall Clergy Representative (through 2025)
Ms. Kim Hassell Lay Representative (through 2025)

Finance Committee

The Diocesan Finance Committee is appointed by the Bishop and has oversight of the business and financial control methods of all parishes and congregations in the diocese.

Mr. Dennis Kelemen, Chair DRC Treasurer
Mr. Chris McCarthy Chairman
Mrs. Karla George Central Deanery
Position Open Northeastern Deanery
Position Open Southern Deanery
The Rev. Gary Blaylock Western Deanery

Constitution and Canons Committee

The Constitution and Canons Committee consists of three (3) clergy and three (3) lay persons, one member being a practicing attorney, and all appointed by the Bishop with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee. The responsibility of this committee is to consider all proposed amendments to the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese as recommended by Diocesan Council. They present proposed amendments to the Synod for vote. Each member serves a three year term.

Mr. Mose Stuart Chancellor
Mr. Sam Garrison Vice Chancellor
The Rev. Joe Porfidio Clergy Representative (through 2022)
Mr. Bill Norwood Lay Representative (through 2022)
The Rev. David Trautman (Chair) Clergy Representative (through 2023)
Mr. Dean Mooty Lay Representative (through 2023)
Open Clergy Representative (through 2024)
Open Lay Representative (through 2024)

Nominating Committee

(Rotation of Departing Diocesan Council Members)

The Committee on Nominations is charged with developing a slate of candidates for each office to be filled by election at Synod. 

The Rev. Gary Blaylock Clergy Representative (through 2022)
Mrs. Michelle Herbst Lay Representative (through 2022)
The Rev. Bill Driscoll Clergy Representative (through 2023)
Mrs. Beth Kirby Lay Representative (through 2023)
The Rev. Taylor Ishii Clergy Representative (through 2024)
Mrs. Karla George Lay Representative (through 2024)

Ecclesiastical Trial Court

(Elected by Synod)

  Presiding Judge

The Rev. Travis Boline

The Rev. Dr. Sudduth Cummings

The Rev. Dr. James Manley

The Rev. David Marten

Clergy Representatives

Mr. Tony Ladd

Mr. Bill Norwood 

Mr. Charlie Stambaugh

Lay Representatives