(Elect one (1) clergy for a four-year term)
The Rev. LouAnn Pickering, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Portland
Congregational activities: Two of the more exciting things we have done at St. Gabriel:
1. Opening a preschool
2. Moving from Mission to Parish status
Diocesan activities: COM-O
Dean of Sunset Convocation
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: Working with others to meet the challenges we face as a community is something I enjoy. The years ahead hold great promise for the Diocese of Oregon and I feel honored to have been nominated to run for the Standing Committee. I look forward to the possibilty of serving in this new capacity.
The Rev. Agustin Valadez, St. Mary/Santa Maria, Woodburn
Congregational activities: I am involved with the BAC of St Mary. I am involved in St. Mary’s Clothing Closet. I work with the Lutheran church part time.
Diocesan activities: I have support as they chaplain in the diocesan youth ministry for two years. Campamento latino.
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: I am bilingual Latino, I am involved in Latino ministry and in English. I am one of the first to be involved in two different episcopal and Lutheran ministries. I could bring the divergence to this committee. Thank you for accepting my application.
(Elect one (1) clergy for a one-year term)
The Rev. Deacon Greg Rainey, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Portland
Occupation: Deacon, St. Gabriel, Portland & recent Master of Social Work graduate specializing in gerontology and palliative care. I am a retired Coast Guard officer and former Marine sergeant.
Congregational activities: Pastoral care, congregational leadership, home and hospital visitation, eucharistic visitation, intercessory prayer, stewardship, Education for Ministry, and Christian Education.
Diocesan activities: My diocesan-level activities have been most focused on veterans, including starting a regional Episcopal Veterans Fellowship network and social media presence. I also organized and led a “Veterans muster” for Memorial Day weekend last year, with events at two parishes and Trinity Cathedral, featuring author-led talks on moral injury and trauma, Eucharist and healing services, confession, and a labyrinth walk. I was also a diocesan student peer minister. I have participated in five diocesan conventions in three dioceses.
Province/Church-wide activities: My church-level activities include participating in a youth ministry conference, a pastoral care training conference, and Education for Ministry facilitator training.
Statement: As a deacon, MSW, and veteran, I bring a complementary perspective to the Standing Committee and a focus on listening to the voices of people who are often marginalized by secular society and institutions. As a former federal program manager, I also have a strategic perspective that will stand the diocese in good stead as we prepare for the election and installation of a new bishop. Finally, I have considerable experience working collaboratively within teams like the Standing Committee.
The Rev. Karen Tiegs, SS. Peter & Paul, Portland
Occupation: Interim Rector, SS. Peter & Paul, Portland
Congregational activities: As a lay person, I was part of a youth group, taught Sunday school, organized ESL classes, assisted with VBS, helped with stewardship, served as a Eucharistic minister, and participated in various outreach projects. Since ordination, I have served as a parish associate, a chaplain, a rector, and a supply priest. I particularly enjoy leading worship and activities related to Christian formation. I have an ecumenical heart, and I appreciate working with Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and UCC colleagues in the Portland-metro area as occasions arise.
Diocesan activities: Having been raised in Oregon, I spent much time in my high school and college years attending and facilitating youth conferences and retreats. I also served as a convention delegate as a very young adult, and as a camp counselor at Triangle Lake for a summer. During my time as a parish associate in the Diocese of Los Angeles, I co-facilitated a youth retreat. After returning to Oregon, I served as dean of the Sunset Convocation during the latter part of my tenure as rector of All Saints, Hillsboro. Over the past four years, I have presided and preached in both English and Spanish at a variety of parishes in the Portland-metro area, central valley, and the coast. I have been serving as a member of the Standing Committee since January of this year, and have discovered I greatly enjoy the work.
Province/Church-wide activities: When a Province VIII women’s gathering was hosted at Menucha many years ago, I assisted with some of the organizational details. I spent the 2001-2002 academic year as a volunteer teacher at St. Mary’s Bilingual Episcopal School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In seminary, I had the opportunity to spend three weeks studying with and serving the Episcopal Church in Panama. I also attended seminarian leadership conferences designed to bridge some of the divides within our Church. Since ordination, I have attended and been part of the planning team for conferences designed for younger Episcopal clergy.
Statement: I honor the memory of The Rev. Lance Peeler, whose position on the Standing Committee I was invited to fill. The work of the Standing Committee is life-giving to me at this stage of my life and ministry - even with the increased workload since our bishop announced his retirement! I would be honored to continue to serve our Diocese in this capacity.
(Elect one (1) lay person for a four-year term)
Megan Colwell, St. Barnabas, Portland
Occupation: I recently retired from Woodruff Sawyer, a large regional insurance broker, where I was a Partner and Senior Vice President. My focus area was Management Liability for public company clients, for whom I managed multifaceted global programs and advised on complex litigation.
Congregational activities: I am a cradle-Episcopalian, and as a young person, attended Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack, NY, as well as St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church in San Marino, CA. Currently, I attend St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Portland. Prior to my work transfer to Portland, I was an active member of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, CA, serving as:
- EFM Mentor (5 years, after completing the 4-year course)
- Vestry member, including a term as Senior Warden
- Community Outreach Chair
- Parish representative to multiple annual conventions
Diocesan activities: This would be my first opportunity to participate on a diocesan level.
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: It would be a genuine privilege to serve the Diocese of Oregon as a member of the Standing Committee. I think that participating in the business of the church is an opportunity to represent the heart of the church, especially as we navigate through the challenges and pressures facing the Diocese (and the Episcopal Church) in an increasingly secular society. If elected, I will bring my personal faith, life experience, compassion, and (hopefully!) wisdom - with the goal of serving to the very best of my ability.
Mary McCarter, St. John the Baptist, Portland
Occupation: Since 1992, Principal and founding
member of Columbia Financial Advisors, Inc., a business appraisal firm. Prior to that 11 years with Willamette Management Associates, Inc.
Congregational activities: At St. John the Baptist, I am presently Director of the Altar Guild and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund, the Finance Committee, the Personnel Committee and the Healing Prayer Team. I also participate in a Women’s Bible Study group. Previously at St. John’s I have been Senior Warden, Chair of the Personnel Committee, Sunday School Director, Chair of Stewardship, a Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Auction Committee.
Diocesan activities: I have been a delegate to the Diocesan convention and attended convocation meetings the year I was a delegate.
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: I am a cradle Episcopalian and have been a member of St. John’s parish for 35 years. While I have been very involved in my parish, I have had little involvement with the Diocese. I think it would be both interesting and rewarding to get involved at the Diocesan level to see the bigger picture and gain more understanding of the work and challenges of the Episcopal Church in Oregon.
(Elect one (1) clergy for a three-year term)
The Rev. Brendan Barnicle, St. Francis of Assisi, Wilsonville
Congregational activities: Rector, St. Francis, 2019-Present
Rector, St. Stephen’s, Portland, 2017-2019
Field Education, St. Michael & All Angels, 2015-2016: Altar Guild, Adult Formation Chair, Trinity Cathedral Endowment Committee, 2013-2017
Diocesan activities: Diocesan Council, Budget Committee, 2019
Trinity Chapter, 2019-Present
Vision & Close Relocation Task Force, 2018-Present
Visioning Task Force, 2017-2018
Diocesan Investment Council, 2016-Present
Province/Church-wide activities: Chair, Task Force on New Funding for Clergy Formation, 2019-Present
Trustee, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2018-2019
Statement: Over the last few years, I have been blessed to serve the diocese and the church in a variety of leadership roles, particularly in the finance arena. With my new call to St. Francis in Wilsonville, I will no longer serve on the diocesan council, where I represented my prior convocation. With the merger of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Trinity Wall Street, I will no longer serve as a trustee, because the school will be overseen by the Trinity Vestry. So, I find myself with the opportunity to serve in some new capacities. The Board of Trustees would enable me to bring my experience as a lawyer, a finance executive and a priest to bear for the growth of the diocese, the evangelism of the Gospel, and the glory of the Kingdom of God.
The Rev. Anne Emry, St. Paul, Salem
Congregational activities: All of them! I balance responsibilities including administrative oversight, encouraging mission and ministry, supporting outreach, and preaching and liturgical leadership.
Diocesan activities: I have served on the Budget Committee of Diocesan Council for a three year term.
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: I have served St. Paul’s for five years, which has involved much attention to buildings and funds of the parish. I feel well prepared to support the mission of our diocese on the Board of Trustees. This is an important time of transition for our diocese, and I am willing to serve in this role as a way of supporting our bishop, and preparing to welcome our future bishop.
The Rev. Brent Was, Church of the Resurrection, Eugene
Congregational activities: Nearly all aspects of parish life.
Diocesan activities: Viability and Vitality Commission
Chair, Commission on Liturgy and Music
Province/Church-wide activities: Ecological/Agrarian Initiatives of the Office of Economic and Environmental Justice
Statement: In this time of transition in the Diocese, I have interest in seeing the Diocese apply the resources we have in new and creative ways, in particular investing in successful ministries and parishes as was discussed at the Viability and Vitality Commission and the Vision Forward Group.
(Elect one (1) lay person for a three-year term)
Albert Carder, Calvary, Seaside
Congregational activities: Calvary Seaside:
Chairman of Endowment Committee
Vestry two terms, served as Senior Warden two years
Discernment Committee for Diane Higgins application to the diaconate
All Saints, Richland, WA:
St Michaels and All Angels, Portland:
Vestry including two years as senior warden
Diocesan activities: Diocese of Oregon:
Delegate to convention several years from Calvary Seaside
Delegate to convention from St Michaels and All Angels (1970)
Board of Directors Good Samaritan Hospital 1973-1976
Diocese of Spokane, WA
Board of Directors of the diocesan corporations 4 years
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: I am currently serving as Chairman of the Board of the Union Health District of Clatsop County. In addition I have served of several not-for-profit boards of directors over the past 50 years.
My professional career spanned 40 years as a Certifies Public Accountant, 24 of those years as a partner.
I believe that my experience will allow me to add value to the Board of Trustees.
I was raised in Prineville, Oregon and upon retirement in 2001, my wife Judy and I relocated to Gearhart, Oregon.
Lianne Thompson, St. Catherine’s, Manzanita/Nehalem
Occupation: Clatsop County
Congregational activities: Current member of the BAC; former Senior Warden; other church activities as needed.
Diocesan activities: Completing first term on the Diocesan Council, Program and Budget Committee.
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: Participating in Diocesan and local congregational activities provides me joy and satisfaction. I’d be grateful to continue serving the Episcopal Church of Western Oregon on the Board of Trustees, hoping to add value to its deliberations and actions. My background in state and local government spans three states and over fifty years, including statewide program administration. I’ve owned and operated a small business in Portland, OR. I’m currently serving my second term as an elected Clatsop County Commissioner.
(Elect two (2) clergy for three-year terms)
The Rev. Anne Abdy, Holy Spirit, Sutherlin
Occupation: I have a bi-vocational ministry. I am Vicar at Holy Spirit, Sutherlin, OR and work full-time as a Recreation Therapist at Oregon State Psychiatric Hospital Campus at Junction City, OR.
Congregational activities: As a lay person, I have served on vestries and search committees. I have taught numerous Christian educational programs to adults, youth and children. I was a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Visitor for over 25 years before serving as a Worship Leader when I moved to Gold Beach. I have served as secretary to the South Coast Convocation.
Diocesan activities: As a lay person, I represented the South Coast Convocation for a 1-year term on Diocesan Council. I coordinated and collaborated with South Coast Convocation churches to bring the DECW Spirituality Day to Emmanuel, Coos Bay in 2007. I have served as President of Oregon and SW Washington Cursillo movement (2005-07) and have participated both as Rectora and team member on numerous weekends in many dioceses across the country.
Province/Church-wide activities: In seminary, I participated in the researched based program, “Be the Change Alabama”, teaching laity leadership and community organizing skills to be an active presence in God’s kingdom here on earth.
Statement: I served on the Diocesan Council as a lay person in 2010-2011. If elected, I plan to support the work of this diocese for it is the missions and ministries that take Christians into the world to do the hard work that Christ has called us to do as we bring the Gospel to all. As a priest with a bi-vocational ministry, I straddle both worlds and can bring this unique perspective to the discussions, including identifying the unique challenges of doing ministry in rural areas.
The Rev. AJ Buckley
I am the chef for First Presbyeterian Pre-School in Corvallis, Oregon. I travel all over Oregon for long and short term supply work around the diocese.
Congregational activities: Sunday worship, campus ministry, children’s ministry, preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and young adult ministry.
Diocesan activities: none
Province/Church-wide activities: Member of the Standing Committee for TransEpiscopal
Statement: My super power has been said to be listening. I am a thoughtful, grounded, and creative person full of passion and love for the Episcopal Church and its ministries. I would love to give back to the Diocese of Oregon which has helped the ministries I’ve served on numerous occasions. My particular focus in ministry as a clergyperson has been campus ministry, young adult ministry and LGBTQ ministry. I feel called to serve the diocese in this capacity, lending voice to those who find themselves in the minority, as I myself do.
The Rev. Martin Elfert, Grace Memorial, Portland
Congregational activities: Worshiper, teacher, preacher, planner, writer, visitor, singer, stewardship chair, carpenter, electrician, toilet installer, keeper of Dad jokes, follower of Jesus.
Diocesan activities: (Current) Member of the Disciplinary Board. (Past, Diocese of Spokane) Member of the Commission on Ministry; Chaplain for Teens Encounter Christ; Chaplain/Worship Leader at Camp Cross; Homiletics Instructor.
Province/Church-wide activities: (Current) Trainer for the College for Congregational Development; Writer for Spokanefaithandvalues.com. (Past) Student Ombudsperson and Member of the Board of Trustees, Church Divinity School of the Pacific; Worship Leader, Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre.
Statement: Raised without a church connection, I had a major God sighting during the birth of our first child. Thereafter, I wanted/needed a community, a set of stories and symbols, and a practice within which to respond to that experience. Thanks to being married to a P.K. (i.e., a Preacher’s Kid), I had the joy and gift of finding my way to Jesus and to the Episcopal tradition. Today, I serve as a priest at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Portland. I would be pleased to serve the wider church on Diocesan Council.
The Rev. Marlene Mutchler, St. Bede, Forest Grove
Congregational activities: As a lay person I have been a church musician, Eucharistic minister, Eucharistic visitor, and clerk of the vestry. I have also served as a church child care provider and church financial secretary.
Diocesan activities: I have served as chair of the committee for resolutions of policy for the last three years.
Province/Church-wide activities: As a campus ministry chaplain I participated in province discussions about campus ministry.
Statement: God-willing, I hope to serve with you as a diocesan council member to help “administer the missionary, educational, and social service work of the Church” in the Diocese of Oregon. Though I have a great deal to learn, which I look forward to, I have some useful skills from my years of experience volunteering in the church, working as a church financial secretary, and now as a priest. Though I strive to be faithful about my commitments, the best tool in my toolbox is prayer. I hope you will prayerfully consider voting for me.
(Elect two (2) lay persons for three-year terms)
Edith Arriaga-Flores, St. Michael & All Angels/San Miguel & Todos Los Santos, Portland
Occupation: Community health worker
Congregational activities: I’m member of Saint Michael and all Angels Vestry
Diocesan activities: I was involved organizing the Latino Trinity Cathedral event this year.
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: I am a mother of two children, and married. My current activities are: Member of health promoters of the church, giving classes to prevent chronic disease; member of the Wallace Medical Concern Board. And as an extra activity I belong to the St. Michael & All Angels Saints and Singers Chorus 2019-2020.
Kim Blackwolf, Trinity, Ashland
Occupation: Former Mental Health Social worker
Currently (for 20 years) Landscape gardener and urban farmer
Congregational activities: Currently coordinate Trinity, Ashland winter shelter volunteers
Current member of parish finance committee
Past Junior Warden 2017 - 2019
Managed rebuilding of bell frame and bell refurbishment
Re-roofing parish hall & other building
Partial re-landscaping to minimize water use
Major & minor repairs to plant & property
Diocesan activities: Delegate 2018 and 2019 to convention
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: I would like to see participation in the council of more members living far from Oregon’s metropolitan areas. I am willing to make trips to Portland or other locations to meet with committee members. The educational, social service and missionary work of our church is of primary importance to me. My background in social services, volunteer work with the un-housed and food insecure, as well as parish finance over-site gives me experience germane to this committee.
Ann Frazier, Christ Church, Lake Oswego
Occupation: Retired. My career included teaching Biology at the college level for 15 years and working as a research associate in a health care research institute for 12 years. In the latter position I managed numerous government-funded research projects with annual budgets totaling between $2-3 million.
Congregational activities: Over the 37 years that I have attended Christ Church, Lake Oswego I have served on the Vestry twice, and as Usher, Sunday School Teacher, and on the Contemporary Music Team. I have organized numerous community-building events such as fund-raising auctions and talent shows. Currently I serve as a Lector and a Convention Delegate.
Diocesan activities: Over the last 12 years I have served on the Bishop’s Search Committee, the Convention Planning Committee, Diocesan Council (Congregational Relations and DPA Sub-Committee), the Socially Responsible Investment Stakeholder Advisory Committee, the Diocesan Disciplinary Committee, and the recent Diocesan Visioning Committee.
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: My approach to working on Diocesan Council would be to listen carefully, step back to see the bigger picture, always keep in mind the mission of the Diocese, and strive to make decisions that benefit the community under consideration
As a member of Diocesan Council I would be honored to welcome, work with and support the next Bishop of Oregon.
I live in West Linn, where I serve on the Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee as well as the West Linn Community Chorus Board. In my spare time I enjoy my grandchildren, gardening and hand embroidery (which I teach).
Maria Pastrana, St. Mary, Eugene
Occupation: Womenspace Rural Program Coordinator ( Domestic violence advocate)
Congregational activities: I have served on Vestry and been a lay reader, Sunday School teacher and a Eucharistic minister.
Diocesan activities: This will be the first time for me to serve at the Diocesan level,and I’m excited to potentially have the opportunity to serve this way.
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: I like the Episcopal church because it welcomes everyone that wants to hear god’s word regardless of age,race,gender,sexual orientation etc.. always making everyone feel welcome, giving you the opportunity to really focus on your faith without having to worry about been rejected. It also allows you to feel at home allowing individuals and families to connect with the community and creating church families providing the opportunity to grow spiritually an in faith. I am interested in potentially serving this way so I can grow personally as an individual and be able to give back to the community and the church that has tought me so much throughout the years.
James Walker, St. Philip the Deacon, Portland
Occupation: none given
Congregational activities: Jr. Warden, Lay Reader, Teen Camp Counselor, Gearhart, Sr Warden, Congregant St. Mary’s Eugene, St. Paul Salem, St. Paul Tigard, Christ Church Lake Oswego, St. Michaels Portland,Chu O.E.S. Board, Standing Comm., Bishop Selection Committee,
Diocesan activities: Standing Comm., Teen Camp Counselor, Gearhart, O.E.S. Trustee, Legacy Health Board, Bishop Search Committee
Province/Church-wide activities: Union of Black Episcopalians
Statement: I have the requisite skills, education, commitment and education to act out my Baptismal Covenant via service to my church and diocese.
Elect one (1) for a three-year term)
The Rev. Andria Skornik, All Saints, Portland
Congregational activities: I have served as a priest and rector, leading congregations in the Dioceses of Chicago and Oregon, for the last seven years. Among my roles, I have enjoyed developing Children, Youth and Family ministries as well as parish communications; helping the churches become more engaged in their neighborhoods; and serving on the board of several non-profits in the areas of houselessness and neighborhood development.
Diocesan activities: As a priest, I stay informed about what is happening with the national and global church, and then help bring such awareness to the congregations I am in so that they feel connected to the perspectives of the Anglican Communion at large. Through the years, I have been part of several ecumenical and interfaith groups and organizing efforts.
Province/Church-wide activities: In my previous diocese, I served on the Task Force for Sustainability and the Commission on Ministry. I was the Volunteer Coordinator for the Episcopal Charities Bishop’s Ball and co-chaired Diocesan Convention for two years. In the Diocese of Oregon, I have enjoyed being part of Fresh Start and marching with the diocese in the Portland Pride Parade.
Statement: In the Diocese of Oregon, we are blessed with a wonderful cathedral. Not only is it a physically beautiful place, but it is one that nourishes heart, mind, and spirit, while offering a robust welcome to all. After getting to do a recent pulpit swap and preach at Trinity Cathedral, connecting with some of their staff and clergy, and, on numerous occasions, benefiting from their insight and support, I have an appreciation for and interest in what happens at Trinity. If given the opportunity to serve on the Cathedral Chapter, I would be interested in exploring how to help parishes across the diocese connect to their Cathedral, draw upon its resources, or enhance efforts within their own parishes through greater collaboration.
The Rev. David Sweeney, Calvary, Seaside
Congregational activities: As Rector I am involved in most of the activities in the parish, at least to the extent of being “in the loop.” I share pastoral responsibilities with our Deacon.
Diocesan activities: Most recently I have been serving on the Standing Committee, and representing the Standing Committee on the Visioning Committee. I have also served previously on Council and the Board of Trustees, at different times.
Province/Church-wide activities: Deputy to 1997 General Convention
Statement: It’s my understanding that the Chapter sees its role as primarily an intermediary body between the diocese and the cathedral. I think that’s a vital part of strengthening and deepening the relationship between both and during my term, would see myself charged with doing what I can to promote the interests of each to the other.
(Elect four (4) clergy deputies and four (4) alternates)
The Rev. Robert Bryant, St. John the Baptist, Portland
Congregational activities: As Rector for the past 17 years, I have been deeply involved in all aspects of parish life. I have perhaps been most involved in developing both traditional and creative liturgies, connecting current secular culture with the Holy.
Diocesan activities: Served on Diocesan Council, Commission on Ministry, Standing Committee (President), Commission on Liturgy and Music (Chair), Board of Examining Chaplains, seminarian mentor, St. Benedict’s Guild convenor
Province/Church-wide activities: Several time deputy to Province VIII
Both alternate and deputy to a number of General Conventions
Associate of the Community of St. John Baptist
Statement: Over the years I have been privileged to cast significant votes at General Convention on The Lutheran/Episcopal Concordat of Agreement, Prayer Book revision, marriage equality, racial reconciliation, and Palestinian rights. I would consider it a humbling honor to return to our next General Convention in 2021 to continue our Church’s work of sharing the Good News, growing as Christian disciples, and responding to the needs of the world in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Ven. Canon Carter Hawley, Archdeacon, Portland
Occupation: Canon for Administration and Archdeacon
Congregational activities: Served as deacon at St. Thomas, Eugene. Started 2nd Commandment Ministries at St. Thomas, an effort to magnify the great outreach efforts underway at St. Thomas.
Served as deacon at St. Matthew’s, Eugene. Was involved in overnight camping program, and community engagement.
Played leadership role in Saturday Breakfast at St. Mary’s, Eugene. The Saturday Breakfast serves the community’s most vulnerable people a hot and nutritious meal twice a month. Because of connections with other Eugene and Springfield churches, I was able to bring volunteers from most of the other parishes to support this important community meal, which served approximately 150 people twice a month.
Diocesan activities: In 2013, I was appointed archdeacon, a role I dearly love. I support and communicate with the deacons throughout the Diocese, assisting with their formation, placement, and education.
In 2016, I began a quarterly formation program for deacons in formation, and those recently ordained. We gather and share the joy and challenges of being a deacon in the Episcopal Church in Oregon. We learn the practical skills needed to thrive in this ministry.
In 2018, I began work as the Canon for Administration. I support the Bishop, manage the process for people pursuing Holy Orders, and support several of the elected and governing bodies.
Province/Church-wide activities: I am on the Board of Directors for the Association of Episcopal Deacons, the national professional organization for deacons. In that role, I’m involved in resource development for deacons and the organization, and have participated in the annual conference for archdeacons and deacon directors.
I served as the diocesan coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development for two years.
Statement: With 25 years in government management, and working with elected officials, I understand the value of the political and policy process. I know how to advocate politically in a way that does not alienate but brings people together for our common purpose.
The voice of the deacon is largely unheard at National Convention. I believe the perspective of the deacon and archdeacon is critical in this time of our church. We need to look beyond the walls of our churches to the greater community, to seek and serve Christ in the world. I believe I would serve you well.
The Rev. Deacon Diane Higgins, Calvary, Seaside
Congregational activities: Deacon; Vestry member; Senior Warden; delegate to Diocesan Convention
Diocesan activities: Delegate to Diocesan Convention; Diocesan Council; Diocesan Convention planning committee
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: Having attended the last two General Conventions in a volunteer capacity, I would like to offer my Diocesan experience and skills as a clergy delegate to the 2021 General Convention.
Prior to my ordination to the Diaconate in 2015, I served in several capacities in my home church, Calvary Parish in Seaside, including vestry member, Senior Warden, and Diocesan Convention delegate. At the Diocesan level, I have participated in convention planning and served on the Diocesan Council. Since my ordination, I have joined the Diocesan camping program as a representative to the camping board and serving as a camp chaplain. And this last summer I attended the language immersion program in Cuernavaca, Mexico, to begin learning Spanish and increase our parish outreach. I believe this varied background and experiences would be valuable in understanding and considering policies and issues to be brought to the General Convention.
The Rev. James Joiner, St. Michael & All Angels, Portland
Occupation: I am the assistant rector of St. Michael & All Angels in Portland.
Congregational activities: As the assistant rector I oversee our pastoral care, our education and formation, hospitality, and preach and celebrate the Eucharist regularly.
Diocesan activities: I’ve served on the Commission on Ministry for two years, as a clergy mentor for two years, and as the Dean of the Metro East Convocation for four years, and have served as an occasional consultant for Vestry retreats and organizational development at the parish level.
Province/Church-wide activities: I attended my first General Convention in 2009 as a legislative observer for Integrity. I am a graduate of the College for Congregational Development in the Diocese of Olympia.
Statement: What I appreciate most about General Convention is the wide lens view it can give us on the workings and relationships of the whole church. Having volunteered at General Convention before would help me enter the role of Deputy smoothly, already having some sense of the lay of the land. I also have a broad network of relationships in our Diocese, good communication and a team player attitude that would be great for the collection and dissemination of information between folks at home in Oregon and what’s happening on the denominational level, before, during, and after Convention.
The Rev. Roberto Maldonado-Mercado, Santa Cruz/Holy Cross, Gresham
Occupation: Vicar Santa Cruz/Holy Cross Church, Gresham
Metro East Latino Missioner
Congregational activities: Parish priest at Holy Cross since 2013. Santa Cruz/Holy Cross is the oldest bilingual ministry of the Diocese of Oregon and one of the oldest in The Episcopal Church with over 30 year of continuous ministry. Also parish ministry since 1988 in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Los Angeles and Central Florida.
Diocesan activities: Member of the Diocesan Council since 2017, member of the faculty of the Latino Academy Diocese of Oregon. Member of the Diocesan Council in the Diocese of Los Angeles for a total of 6 years, and also Commission of ministry Diocese of Los Angeles, for about 8 years.
Province/Church-wide activities: Latino representative to the multicultural cluster 2 of the 8th province, since 2015 working with others member of the province in issues related to Latino ministry and other ethnic ministries. First Alternative Delegate to the General Convention on 2018. Past member planning committee of Conferencia Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn Conference), national gathering of Latino ministry.
Statement: I will like to be able to represent the Diocese of Oregon and the Latino members with my presence and experience at the next General Convention, bringing my life experience in Latino and multicultural ministry. Looking for a full inclusion in the life of the church.
The Rev. Kerlin Richter, St. David of Wales, Portland
Congregational activities: I have served as the Rector of Saint David’s for three and a half years.
Prior to this work, I planted a new congregation in Brooklyn, NY.
Before that, I served as a Seminarian intern in Rapid City South Dakota at an Urban Lakota congregation.
Diocesan activities: I am in my second year serving on the board of trustees. During my time in the Diocese of Long Island, I was the assistant to the canon for Missional Vitality.
Province/Church-wide activities: I recently took part in a church-wide Evangelism training. I helped coordinate programming at the 2018 General Convention in Austin TX and attended the 2012 General Convention in Indianapolis as a Student Representative of General Theological Seminary.
Statement: I have been to General Convention twice and have loved it very much. I have not yet had a chance to serve as a delegate and would be delighted to.
The Rev. Wes Sedlacek, Albany
Occupation: Hospital Chaplain
Congregational activities: Participating as supply clergy throughout the diocese; providing liturgical planning and pastoral care as appropriate.
Diocesan activities: Currently serving as the Chair of the Committee for Dispatch of Business and as member of the Committee on Resolutions of Policy; also was an adult chaperone for the Youth Mission Trip 2019. Recently taught the course on Pastoral Care for the Academy for Formation and Mission. Previously served on the Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Council, Clergy Conference Planning Committee, Diocesan Visioning Committee, and the Youth Ministries Commission.
Province/Church-wide activities: Five-time Deputy to General Convention, serving consecutively on the Legislative Committee for Stewardship. Twice on Provincial Youth Event planning team and chaperone to two Episcopal Youth Events.
Statement: I have thoroughly enjoyed my past five experiences with General Convention and even though I’m now one of the more senior Deputies in our Church, I’m still one of the youngest. It feels important that I’ve brought a different perspective to our changing Church, by representing a ministry in the world (a hospital chaplain) and not solely the institution. I am running again because I believe I am still called to serve as a Deputy from Oregon, as we all (locally, nationally, and internationally) continue to seek God’s call to transform.
The Rev. Gavin Shumate, St. John, Toledo
Occupation: Priest-in-Charge, St. John’s, Toledo; Physician
Congregational activities: - Priest in charge
- Ukulele choir
- Liturgy Guild
- Altar Guild
- St. Stephen’s Outdoor Shelter oversight, 2017
- Outreach organizing
- Fundraising and budgeting
- Cardboard boat construction
- Canterbury Forum lecturer, 2018
- Diocesan Council - chair/ convener of Mission and Ministry Committee
- Interim chaplain, Integrity Oregon
- Organized LGBTQ conference
- Lead chaplain, Youth Mission Trip 2019
- Fresh Start
- Clergy conference
- Diocesan conference
- General Convention Deputy 2015
- Recipient of grant from Episcopal Evangelism Society, 2016
Statement: Having served as Deputy in 2015, I would love to represent the Diocese again in 2021, with enthusiasm, astuteness, and a “Gen X” perspective steeped in my vocations of priest and physician. I am passionate about promoting diversity and radical inclusivity of the socially marginalized: LGBTQIA+, people experiencing homelessness, Latinx, and indigenous peoples. I have organized diocesan conferences, given presentations, and spoken at school workshops. I was also lead chaplain for the Youth Mission Trip 2019, and am chair/convener of the Diocesan Council Mission and Ministry Committee. I would be honored to bring these experiences to bear as your Deputy.
The Rev. Tom Sramek, Jr., St. Mark’s, Medford
Congregational activities: Rector
Co-Chair, Building For the Future Committee
President, Kiwanis Club of Medford
Lt. Governor-elect, Kiwanis Pacific NW Division 82
Member, City of Medford Community Development Block Grant Committee
Member, Kelly Shelter (homeless shelter) Steering Committee
Vice-Chair, Armadillo Technical Institute (ATI) School Board, 2018-Present
Diocesan activities: Alternate Deputy, Diocese of El Camino Real, 2015
Member, Diocesan Council, 2018 (DPA sub-committee)
Member, Board of Trustees, 2018-Present
Member, DPA Task Force
Province/Church-wide activities: I served as board member and President of Gathering the Next Generation, a nationwide network of Generation X Episcopal clergy and laity (2000-2003 and 2006-2009) and as First Clergy Alternate to General Convention 2015 (El Camino Real). I’ve also served as an adult chaperone on a Provincial Youth Event for Province VIII and was most recently nominated as President for Province VIII, though not elected to that position.
Statement: I believe that my over twenty years of ordained ministry experience, my experience as a former Alternate Deputy (1st Clergy Alternate), and my extensive experience decision-making bodies in this and other dioceses as well as my (relative!) youth makes me an excellent candidate to represent the Diocese of Oregon at General Convention. I attended General Convention as a visitor in 2009 and as an Alternate Deputy in 2015, so I am aware of the work involved. At TEC grapples with new and adaptive challenges, I hope to be able to contribute constructively to that conversation. I ask for your support.
The Rev. Iain Stanford, Christ Church, Lake Oswego
Congregational activities: I serve as the associate rector of Christ Church, Lake Oswego. As such I support the ministries and mission of the church, including the areas of worship, pastoral care, adult formation, and welcome ministries.
Diocesan activities: I serve on the Diocesan Commission for Liturgy and Music; and I participate in the Sunset Convocation. As a lay person, I was a representative to the Central Convocation.
Province/Church-wide activities: I am member of the TransEpiscopal leadership, and as such participated in the 2012, 2015, and 2018 General Conventions. In this capacity, I work for greater inclusion in the church. I serve as a representative to The Consultation, which is a national network of social justice organizations in The Episcopal Church.
Statement: I seek to be a deputy to General Convention to work within our church processes to make concrete a greater love of neighbor. I have a passion for the nitty gritty of the legislative process, and its role in shaping who we are as church and what we do in mission. I would love the opportunity to help our church live into its future, and in particular with how we face our changing demographics and future generations.
(Elect four (4) lay deputies and four (4) alternates)
Sydney Fitzpatrick, Christ Church, Lake Oswego
Congregational activities: Sunday School Teacher
Music Minister Search Committee
Senior Warden in the absence of a rector
St. Anne’s Guild
Diocesan activities: SAFE Church Team - 23 years
Poor and Homeless Commission - 17 years
Appreciative Inquiry Training
Bishop Search Committee
President of Standing Committee
Mutual Ministry review
Canons and Constitution Committee - 5 years
Board of Trustees - one incomplete term by appointment one complete term by election
Vice Chair of Board of Trustees currently
Vice Chancellor - currently
Province/Church-wide activities: Meetings related to the Episcopal activities at the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women
Alternate Deputy to General Convention
Statement: Service to the church is my ministry as is my law practice. My legislative experience both in the Church and secular contexts has given me background that, I believe, will make me able to serve the Church as a delegate.
I feel called to this ministry as I believe I have been called to lay ministry in the church, over the years, in many different roles. Being a delegate is something I have wanted to do for some time, and this time seems right. I did not hesitate when asked to put in my name. God’s tap on the shoulder maybe.
Marla Lowen, St. Mary, Eugene
Occupation: Retired Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Administrator
Congregational activities: I was Music Director/Organist at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for eighteen years, retiring in 2016.
Diocesan activities: I served on the Diocesan Liturgy and Music Commission for four years. I represented that Commission on the committee that planned the Consecration of Bishop Hanley at the Hult Center in 2010.
Province/Church-wide activities: I was coordinator for the Leadership Program for Musicians when it was hosted by St. Mary’s. The nine-month program was a cooperative effort by the Division for Congregational Ministries Worship Staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church.
Statement: Having spent most of my adult life as a church musician, liturgy and music are particularly important to me. I appreciate the need to embrace our liturgical history and customs as well as look for new ways to express our faith relationships to God and our community. The report from the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision that will be made at the next General Convention will be an important document, and I would be pleased to be part of the process that will examine and consider their recommendations.
Alan Murray, Trinity Cathedral, Portland
Occupation: Clinical Practice Specialist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Congregational activities: Co-Chairs of Cathedral Life Commission (2017 - current)
Neighborhood Coordination for Eastmoreland/Woodstock (2017 - current)
Member of Family Ministry Commission (2018 - current)
Godly Play Teacher (2018 - current)
President and member of Congregation Council at Grace Cathedral (2010 - 2016)
Board of Trustee (Grace Cathedral), Ex-Officio (2010)
Diocesan activities: 11th Bishop Search Committee (2019 - current)
Nomination Committee (2019)
Delegate to Diocesan Convention (2018 - current)
Alternate Delegate to Diocesan Convention (2017)
Delegate to Diocesan Convention (Diocese of California) - 2009 - 2016)
Province/Church-wide activities: Task Force for Women Truth and Reconciliation (2018 - 2021)
Province VIII Peace and Justice Coordinator (2017 - current)
Alternate Deputy to General Convention (2012, 2015 & 2018)
Co-Chairs of Asian Caucus for the Deputies of Color (2018)
Executive Council Committee on the Status of Women (2015-2018)
Statement: I always appreciate the democratic nature of our governance in the Episcopal Church. I see the General Convention a place for deep listening and dialogues where difficulty issues are raised. As a person of color, a member of the LGBTQ community and a parent, I am grateful to have a voice at the table. I have been involved with the General Convention since 2012 and church-wide interim bodies since 2013. What I value the most is the relationships that I have built over these years with Deputies and Episcopalians across our church to work on bringing positive change to our church and to develop new leaders in a collaborative way.
Toni Phipps, St. Paul, Salem
Volunteer for Assistance League of Salem-Keizer
Congregational activities: Altar Guild,current
Parish Life Ministries, current
St. Anne’s Guild (memorial receptions), current
St. Clare’s (outreach), current
Personnel Committee (member and chair)
Vestry member x2
Sr. Warden, current
Diocesan activities: Diocesan Council, chair of Budget Committee, 2 yrs.
Latino Commission, current
Standing Committee, current
Participant in Appreciative Inquiry Review for Bishop Michael
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: To Know Christ and To Make Him Known - words that I have taken to heart ever since I first them read at St. Paul’s Church in Salem many years ago. I had not worshiped in a formal church for a long time, but this phrase called to me and I decided to immerse myself in my renewed faith and see if it would stick. It stuck. I’ve explored growth opportunities at St. Paul’s, have been fortunate to continue at the diocesan level and now want to spread my wings even wider at the national level. The opportunity to meet others who have similar beliefs as I as well as those who suggest change and those who question it. As a Latina in a diocese that’s striving to embrace diversity, I look forward to meeting and learning from others with similar challenges.
Cindy Russell, St. Francis of Assisi, Wilsonville
Occupation: Retired 7/1/2019
High School Teacher/Assistant Principal 37 years
Congregational activities: Member of St. Bartholomew’s, Beaverton 1990 - 2000
Director of Children’s Education
Member of Christ Church, Lake Oswego 2000-2006
VBS teacher/sub Sunday school teacher
Diocesan Convention Delegate
Member of All Saints, Hillsboro 2006-2010
Director of Children’s Ed
Dinner theater group
Member of St. Francis of Assisi, Wilsonville 2010-Present
Parish Profile and Search Committee
** In addition to formal membership in various ministries, I am a very active volunteer in parish activities as needed.
Diocesan activities: Current member of 11th Bishop of Oregon Search Team
Active in Oregon Cursillo including
- Rector of a three-day weekend
-served on all of the three day weekend teams at different times
-Secretariat member (several times)
Participated in ECW activities in the 90’s and early 2000’s
Member of Children’s Education Commission in 1990’s
Province/Church-wide activities: none
Statement: I am honored to be asked to serve the diocese as a Deputy to General Convention. I am currently on the Bishop Search Committee and learning a lot about today’s Diocese of Oregon. Through participation in both formal and informal church educational opportunities, I am knowledgable about the traditions, theology, and organizational structure of the Episcopal Church. As a retired school administrator, I have the relational, culturally responsive, and listening skills needed to be an effective deputy . I also have the time and energy to fulfill the requirements of this position. Thank you for considering me.
D Rebecca Snow, Trinity, Ashland
Occupation: Retired attorney and mediator
Congregational activities: Vestry, including Senior Warden
Diocesan activities: Constitution and Canons Committee
Bishop Search Committee
Delegate to Diocesan Convention
Province/Church-wide activities: Deputy to General Convention (Alaska, 1976 to 2009; Oregon, 2015 and 2018)
Executive Council, Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop, Standing Commissions on Constitution and Canons, Structure, Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns.
Province VIII, Vice-President (2015-16), President (2017-18)
Statement: I’ve been an active member of the Episcopal Church all my adult life. At the last two General Conventions, I appreciated how well the Oregon deputation works together to cover the myriad of important issues facing that convention. The church is still moving through a period of change and several key issues were left unresolved in 2018. The biggest challenge is how to ensure and strengthen the sharing of leadership among laity, bishops and other clergy, while not losing the forums for broad involvement across all the diversity of the church in discernment of the church’s course. For this struggle, both grounding in modern modes of communication and relationship building as well as in history and tradition are needed. I’d be honored to again put my experience and knowledge of the church to work in the Oregon deputation
Rose Thomas, St. Mary, Eugene
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Congregational activities: Acolyte
Vestry Member 2017-2019
Diocesan activities: Attended Episcopal Youth Event in 2014
Councilor at Suttle Lake Camp 2016-2017
Chair of the Diocesan Youth Commission 2018-2019
Province/Church-wide activities: represented Diocese of Oregon at the 2014 Episcopal Youth Event
Statement: Hello! My name is Rose Thomas. I am 22 years old, work as a real estate agent, and attend St. Mary’s in Eugene. I first got involved in the church in elementary school when I became an acolyte. Since then I have been a pilgrimage leader, LEM, vestry member, and most recently was the chair of the Diocesan Youth Commission. Young people are the future of the church and I hope that my involvement will inspire other young people to do the same.
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