Commissions

The work of the diocese is carried out by the many volunteers (lay people and clergy) who dedicate their time to serving on more than 30 commissions, committees and task forces.

The chair of each committee or commission is responsible for filing an annual report of that group for inclusion in the annual convention journal. Information about each commission is taken from the most recent report. Click here to file a report for 2020.


Canonical commissions

Commissions whose make-up, terms and duties are spelled out in the canons of the church.

  • Term: 3 year

    The Budget Committee is a committee of Diocesan Council responsible for preparing and reviewing the annual operating budget of the diocese.

    Harold Patrick, chair (2021)
    Patrick Hreachmack (2021)
    The Rev. Devin Rodgers (2021)
    Kathy Mank (2022)
    Anne Brack (2023)
    The Rev. George Glazier (2023)
    Joseph Schenk (2023)
    Brad Sturm (2023)

    The Rev. David Getreu
    Robert Kranz, Diocesan Treasurer
    Carine deLange, Operations Executive and CFO
    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, Canon to the Ordinary (staff liaison)
    Andrea Owens, staff support

  • Term: 3-year
    Bishop Appointed

    The Commission on Congregational Life is responsible for developing and implementing a mission strategy for the diocese. The commission is charged with encouraging, supporting, evaluating, and seeking opportunities for development and growth of all fellowships, missions, and parishes of the diocese.

    The Rev. Kevin Beesley (2021)
    Ann Shuff (2021)
    The Rev. David Getreu (2021)
    Ann Shuff (2021)
    Michael Tigner (2021)
    The Rev. Emmanuel Tuyishime (2021)
    The Rev. Elizabeth Hoster (2022)
    The Rev. Seth Wymer, chair (2022)
    Michael Boyle (2022)
    Julie Alcott (2022)
    Robin Holland (2022)

    The Rev. Canon Jason Leo, staff liaison
    The Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen, staff liaison
    Sheri Martin, staff support

  • Term: 3-year

    The Commission on Ministry is responsible for overseeing a variety of matters concerning ordained and lay ministries in the diocese. The CoM consists of 19 people – three cohorts of six (each serving a 3-year term) and a chair. All are appointed by the bishop.

    Spencer Pugh, Chair

    Dionne Clifton (2021)
    The Rev. William Scrivener (2021)
    The Rev. Paul Scanlan (2021)
    The Rev. Rick Incorvati (2021)
    Ann Shuff (2021)
    Doug Pittsenberger (2021)
    The Rev. Allison English (2022)
    The Rev. Tom Fehr (2022)
    The Rev. Douglas Argue (2022)
    Emily Joyce (2022)
    Chris Nelson (2022)
    Miriam McKenney (2022)
    Robin Holland (2023)
    Lauren Cuff Faller (2023)
    The Rev. Eric Miller (2023)
    Lindsay Monihen (2023)
    The Rev. Phyllis Speigel (2023)
    The Rev. Jason Oden (2023)

    Sherri Martin, staff support
    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, staff liaison
    The Rev. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, Chaplain to seminarians

  • Committee on Agenda and Dispatch of Business

    This committee sets the agenda for convention and oversees the running of convention, including the scripting of the actual business sessions. It also oversees work with the hotel and works with the nominations, resolutions, budget and canons committees, supervises the registration and credentials process and coordinates work with the local arrangements committee for hospitality and support needs.

    Julie Murray, DoB chair, communications
    Ann Sabo, Convention secretary, Project Manager
    Jim Heathcote, Resolutions
    Jon Boss, Nominations
    Sherri Martin, Recording Secretary
    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, Canon to the Ordinary, Worship liaison
    Carine de Lange, Operations Executive and CFO
    Eric Landen, Parlimentarian
    Joseph J. Dehner, Esq., Chancellor

    Sub-committees

    Nominations

    Jon Boss, chair
    Larry James
    Grant Patterson
    The Rev. Devin Rodgers
    Dianne Ebbs
    Melissa Blank
    Julie Murray, staff liaison

    Resolutions

    Jim Heathcote, chair
    Edward Lasseigne
    The Rev. Gary Lubin
    Sally Sedgwick
    Julie Murray, staff liaison

    Constitution and Canons

    Joseph Dehner, Chancellor
    Eric Landen, Vice Chancellor

    Credentials

    Currently unfilled

  • 3-year term

    Diocesan Council is the continuing Diocesan Convention throughout the year. Council is governed by Canon XII. Their duty is to carry out the program and policies adopted by Diocesan Convention. Shall have charge of the coordination, development, and prosecution of the missionary, education, and social work of the Church.

    Shall consist of Bishop, Coadjutor or Suffragan if there is one as exofficio member with voice and vote, and 18 persons, 15 of whom shall be elected by the Convention and 3 appointed by the Bishop.

    President The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price
    Program/Ministry Review The Rev. Bill Bales 2021
    Mission Share Oversight Kathy Jose 2021
    Budget Committee Harold Patrick 2021
    Budget Committee The Rev. Devin Rodgers 2021
    Recording Secretary, Procter Board Bill Ubbes 2021
    2nd Vice President, Procter Board Lissa Barker 2022
    Chair, Mission Share Oversight Partick Hreachmack 2022
    Dispatch of Business The Rev. William Sangrey 2022
    Program/Ministry Review, Bishop Appoint Joshua Sherwood 2022
    Resolution Oversight Chad Williams 2022
    Resolution Oversight The Rev. Alice Conner 2023
    Systemic Review Kathy Mank 2023
    Systemic Review Melissa Shirley 2023
    1st Vice President, ACCR David Thomson 2023
    Program/Ministry Review The Rev. Deborah Woolsey 2023
    Mission Share, Bishop Appoint Anna Settle 2021
    ACCR, Bishop Appoint The Rev. Top Bordon 2021
    Program/Ministry Review, Bishop Appoint Chere Hallahan 2021
    Systemic Review, Bishop Appoint The Rev. Paul Williams
    Diocesan Treasurer, ex-officio member Robert C. Kranz
    Operations Executive/CFO Carine de Lange Staff
    Mission Share Reports David Getreu Staff
    Staff Liaison, Canon to the Ordinary The Rev. Canon John Johanssen Staff
    Staff Support Andrea Owens Staff
  • Term: 3-year

    The Diocese of NW Pennsylvania, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Southern Ohio, W. New York and W Virginia will maintain a joint disciplinary board to implement Title IV of the Canons. “RDB” shall consist of thirteen persons, seven of whom are Clergy and six of whom are Laity, and shall constitute a court for purposes of Article IX of the Constitution of the Episcopal Church. Each of the dioceses shall elect one clergy member and one lay member on the RDB. The thirteenth member, a clergy member, shall be nominated by the RDB and subject to the unanimous approval of the bishops of the member dioceses. Each will serve a three year term beginning Jan 1 2021.

    Southern Ohio representatives
    Lissa Barker (2023)
    The Rev. Mary  Carson (2023)

  • The Finance Committee oversees the fiscal responsibilities of the diocese as outlined in Canon X. Members are nominated by the bishop. The committee shall consist of 10 persons, at least six of whom shall be laypersons and shall report to each Annual session and between sessions to the Diocesan Council, upon all such matters pertaining to the finances of the diocese as may be assigned to it by Canon or referred to Convention or Council.

    Nadya W. Richardson, chair
    Jeff Baldrige
    Bill Forbes
    John Harris
    Doug Langenfeld
    Ernest Thompson
    Carolyn Wilmesherr
    Dot Yeager
    Randy Young

    Rob Kranz, Diocesan Treasurer
    Carine de Lange, Operations Executive and CFO
    The Rev. David Getreu, Associate for Financial Mgmt. and Oversight
    Andrea Owens, Staff support

  • Term: 3-year

    The Standing Committee is made up of three lay and three clergy from the diocese elected for staggered three-year terms. Primary duties are to be a council of advice to the bishop, undertake canonically mandated actions in the ordination process, and review and approve/disapprove any sale or encumbrance of church property in the diocese. Also canonically mandated to review all bishops’ elections and consent. The Standing Committee acts as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the diocese in the absence of a bishop diocesan.

    Larry Hayes, President (2021)
    The Rev. Philip DeVaul (2021)
    The Rev. Ellen Cook (2022)
    Jim Allsop (2022)
    Barry Feist (2023)
    The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn (2023)

    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, staff liaison
    Ann Sabo, Bishop’s Assistant

  • Term: 5-year

    The Trustees of the Church Foundation are responsible for administering loans and funds for church buildings as well as some oversight over diocesan-owned properties.

    Richard Warren, President (2021)
    The Rev. Anne Warrington Wilson (2021)
    John Gustusfston (2022)
    The Rev. Sallie Schisler (2023)
    David McKenney (2024)

    Robert C.  Kranz, Diocesan Treasurer
    Carine deLange, Operations Executive and CFO, staff liaison

  • Term: 5-year

    Trustees of the diocese (also known as the Procter trustees) is the group responsible for management of diocesan and certain other investments and property owned by the diocese; and for serving as the board of advisors to the bishop on administration of the William Cooper Procter Memorial Fund. Trustees meet quarterly, typically in Cincinnati.

    Jon B. Boss, President (2021)
    Emily Savors (2022)
    The Rev. David Pfaff (2023)
    Mike Krug (2024) Resigned
    The Rev. Jack Koepke (2025)

    Carine deLange, Operations Executive and CFO, staff liaison
    Joseph Dehner, Chancellor
    Geri McDaniel, recording secretary


Non-canonical commissions

Commissions that are formed and carry out their mission at the direction of the bishop.

  • 412 Sycamore, Incorporated was formed and approved as a not-for-profit corporation on January 24, 1964. The purposes of the corporation are:

    (1) to provide means and assistance to parishes, missions and other organizations of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio for their capital and financial programs;

    (2) to manage, purchase, sell, and invest in property; and

    (3) to borrow money, and to make loans to parishes, missions and organizations, secured by mortgages or deed or trust in property and approved by its Board of Directors.

    Church loans and parochial housing loan proposals are considered by the Directors after a congregation has received the consent of the Standing Committee to encumber the church property with a mortgage. Non-parochial clergy may also apply for housing loans. The day to day affairs of the corporation are administered by the Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese at the direction of the Board.

    John Harris, chair
    Daniel Morton
    Steven Elliott
    Joseph J. Dehner, Esq.
    Jim Smith

    Robert Kranz, diocesan treasurer
    Carine de Lange, Director of Operations and CFO
    The Rev. David Getreu, Associate for Financial Oversight
    Andrea Owens, staff support

  • ACCR advises the Bishop and Diocesan Council (Council) on matters dealing with compensation and employment standards for clergy called to cures and/or offices in the Diocese, and lay employees of the diocese and its member congregations.

    The Rev. Darren Elin, chair
    Jon Boss
    Amy Boyd
    Katrina Mundy
    David Thomson
    Robert Turley

    Angela Byrd, Benefits Administrator, staff liaison
    Carine deLange, Operations Executive and CFO, staff liaison
    Sheri Martin, staff support

  • The mission of the Becoming Beloved Community Task Force is to plant the seeds of transformation with individuals, congregations and their neighborhoods, and the Church (specifically the Diocese of Southern Ohio), and build capacity for all to work intentionally toward racial healing, reconciliation and justice.

    Larry James, co-convener
    The Rev. Michelle Dayton, co-convener
    Amy Howton, Becoming Beloved Community coordinator
    The Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen
    The Rev. Christopher Richardson
    The Rev. Melanie Slane

  • The Campus Ministry Collective works to provide Episcopal presence to college and university communities in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, and to spiritually minister to students, faculty, staff, and administrators of college and university communities.

    The Rev. Deborah Woolsey, convener, Church of the Good Shepherd, Athens
    The Rev. Alice Connor, The Edge House, Cincinnati
    The Rev. Jarod Talbot
    Ellen O’Shaughnessy, The Downtowners Interfaith Campus Ministry, Columbus
    The Rev. Paula Jackson, Church of Our Savior, Cincinnati
    The Rev. Devin Rogers, St. Alban’s, Bexley
    Daniel Buey, St. Stephen’s, Columbus

  • Diocesan Council in February 2021 voted unanimously to approve a proposal to create the Creation Care and Environmental Justice Task Force in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

    Catherine Duffy
    The Rev. Craig Foster
    Ariel Milller
    Rich Rastetter
    Ken Wright
    Bill Ubbes, Diocesan Council liaison

  • The ECW mission is to promote and address issues and concerns related to women and children within the church by providing resources, education and networking opportunities.

    Kathy Mank, President
    Deborah Allsop, Vice President
    Amy Baird, Book of Remembrance coordinator
    Milicent Eason, United Thank Offering coordinator
    Sister Jacquelin Marie, Convent representative
    Nancy Schwartz, Communications chair
    The Rev. Irene Radcliff, Church Periodical coordinator
    Madeleine Trichel, Mile of Pennies coordinator
    Amy Boyd, member at large

  • ECM shall be a major source of grants for congregational ministries working to help our Ohio neighbors overcome several life challenges.

    Shall consist of the Bishop, or representatives, ex officio and up to 9 members appointed by the Bishop. The Bishop will appoint the committee chair, co-chair and members and each will serve a term of one year, renewable on request of the Bishop. The Bishop may fill vacancies on the ministry. All members shall serve at the discretion of the Bishop.
    ECM shall have a minimum of three members and a maximum of nine members.

    The Rev. Ellen Cook, chair
    The Rev. Allison English
    Rae Fellows
    Don Lane
    The Rev. Joanna Leiserson
    Jim Murray
    Jane Paraskevopoulos
    The Rev. Deborah Woolsey

    Carine deLange, Operations Executive and CFO, staff liaison
    Andrea Owens, staff support

  • Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is an effective, reliable and vital ministry of the Episcopal Church in communities around the world. ERD provides emergency assistance in times of disaster, rebuilds devastated communities after the immediate crisis is over, and offers long-term solutions to help people sustain safer, healthier, and more productive lives.

    The network of ERD representatives work throughout the year to both remind members of their congregations of ERD’s “long-term solutions” and how to assist during times of natural disaster.

    Toks Ogungbadero, coordinator
    Jon Boss
    Christine Williams
    David Boop

  • The Faith in Life Committee acts as trustees of an endowment from the Second Century Fund to plan and oversee a program for Christian Education, primarily sponsoring the visiting theologian program and the Hobson Lecture Series.

    The Rev. Jason Oden, chair
    Elizabeth Thompson
    The Rev. Rick Incorvati
    Doug Pittsenbarger

    The Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat, staff liaison

  • To be hospitable to families who are “sent” to us, especially from the unchurched Spanish-speaking community. We strive to cultivate in our communities the hope that is found in Christ and as wounded members of the body, we facilitate Christ’s healing. The commission stands ready to support the work of the Latino ministers in Columbus as they work toward the establishment of the Latino worship community in that area.

    The Rev. Jane Gerdsen

  • The mission of the Liturgy and Music Commission is to create educational opportunities for all parishes to understand liturgy more fully and to provide support in whatever ways are necessary for music leaders in all the parishes and missions of the diocese.

    Patrick Bachmann
    Jennifer Bell
    Stephan Casurella
    Phil Clary
    The Rev. Marjorie Menaul
    The Rev. Ed Payne
    The Rev. Jason Prati
    Marti Rideout
    Kevin Wines

    The Rev. John Johanssen, Canon to the Ordinary, staff liaison

  • The purpose of this Trust is to provide continuing funds beyond purely parochial boundaries and needs for the empowerment of minority persons and/or to ameliorate minority problems especially within the area served by the diocese.

    Milicent Eason, President
    Deborah Alsop
    Judy Battle
    Frank Jackson
    Ellie O. Johnson
    The Rev. Ben Speare-Hardy
    Cynthia Turner
    George White

  • Acts to service and governance in accordance with its Bylaws in the stewardship, operations, programming to isnsure the success of the mission of the Procter Camp and Conference Center. Provides a safe, inviting and spacious rural setting that cultivates spiritual formation, models sustainable living and celebrates God’s love and reconciliation through hospitality, prayer, study, work and play.

    The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Jr., chair
    Mark Sesler, 1st Vice chair (2022)
    Lissa Barker, 2nd Vice chair (2022)
    The Rev. Bill Bales
    The Rev. Paul Bennett
    Beth Benson
    Jon Boss
    Anne Brack
    The Rev. George Glazier
    Karen Ingraham
    The Rev. Bruce Smith
    Bill Ubbes
    Richard Warren

    Amy Boyd, Executive Director
    Robin Kimbler, Recording Secretary

  • The Reparations Task Force consists of eight t0 10 members appointed by the Bishop on recommendation from the chair. This commission will have a 1-year term limit. This committee will make recommendations to the Bishop, Trustees of the Diocese, Diocesan Council, MEIT and the leadership of Becoming Beloved Community.

    Dianne Ebbs, chair
    Larry James
    The Hon. Frances McGee
    Miriam McKenney
    The Rev. Ben Speare-Hardy
    The Rev. Stacy Sands
    Catherine Cirner
    The Rev. Karl Stevens

    The Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen, staff liaison