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.


Canonical commissions

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

  • Term: 3-year

    Canon XIII.2

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

    Chair

    Patrick Hreachmack

    Members
    (* Bishop appointment)

    2023

    Anne Brack
    The Rev. Canon David Getreu*
    Brad Sturm

    2024

    The Rev. Jean Cotting*
    Jospeh Schenk*

    2025

    Nancy Talley
    Patrick Hreachmack

    Staff

    Nadya Richardson, Diocesan Treasurer
    Christine Perme, CFO
    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, Canon to the Ordinary (staff liaison)
    Andrea Owens, staff support

  • Term: 3-year, all Bishop Appointed

    Canon XV

    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.

    Chair, 2023

    Michael Tigner

    Members

    2023

    Robin Holland

    2024

    The Rev. Peter Homeyer
    Wendell Mulford
    Anne Shuff
    Michael Tigner
    The Rev. Ann Marie Winters

    2025

    Ron Brown-Gray
    The Rev. Meredith Day-Hearn
    Drew Abbott

    Staff

    The Rev. Christopher Richardson
    Adam Hayden
    The Rev. Canon Michael Spencer
    The Rv. Canon John Johanssen
    The Rev. Canon David Getreu
    Andrea Owens, staff support

  • Term: 3-year, all bishop appointed

    Canon VIII

    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.

    Chair

    Robin Holland

    Members

    2023

    Ann Cappilletti
    Lauren Cuff Faller
    The Rev. Stephen Smith
    The Rev. Vicki Zust
    The Rev. Canon Jason Oden

    2024

    Barbara Bass
    The Rev. Jed Dearing
    The Rev. Jason Prati
    The Rev. Stacey Sands
    The Rev. Paul Scanlan
    Anne Shuff

    2025

    Robin Holland
    The Rev. Allison English
    Chris Nelson
    Jermaine Carew
    The Rev. Craig Klein
    Sr. Kathleen Crossman
    The Rev. Philip DeVaul

    Staff

    The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, ex-officio
    The Rev. Nancy Hopkins-Greene, Chaplain to seminarians
    The Rev. Canon Michael Spencer, staff liaison
    Sarah Beegle, staff support

  • 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.

    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, Chair
    Canon Julie Murray, Secretary of Convention
    The Rev. Alice Connor, Resolutions
    Jon Boss, Nominations
    Eric Landen, Esq., Parlimentarian and Vice-Chancellor
    Joseph J. Dehner, Esq., Chancellor
    Katherine Wagner, Diocesan Council representative

    Sub-committees

    Nominations

    Jon Boss, chair
    Larry James
    Grant Patterson
    Dianne Ebbs
    Melissa Blank
    Julie Murray, staff liaison

    Resolutions

    The Rev. Alice Connor, chair
    Jim Heathcote
    Edward Lasseigne
    The Rev. Gary Lubin
    Julie Murray, staff liaison

    Constitution and Canons

    Joseph Dehner, Chancellor
    Eric Landen, Vice Chancellor

  • 3-year term, shall consist of Bishop, Coadjutor or Suffragan if there is one as ex officio member with voice and vote, and 18 persons, 15 of whom shall be elected by the Convention and 3 appointed by the Bishop(denoted by *).

    Canon XII.3A

    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.

    President

    The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith

    1st Vice President, 2023

    David Thomson

    2nd Vice President, 2022

    The Rev. William Sangrey

    Recording Secretary, 2023

    Melissa Shirley

    Members

    2023

    The Rev. Alice Connor
    The Rev. Warren Huestis
    Kathy Mank
    Melissa Shirley
    David Thomson

    2024

    Ericka Hall
    Larry James
    The Rev. Peter Homeyer
    The Rev. Bruce Smith
    Katherine Wagner

    2025

    The Rev. Pamela Fairley
    Patrick Hreachmack
    Spencer Izor
    Joshua Sherwood
    Nancy Talley

    Nadya Richardson, Diocesan Treasurer, ex-officio

    Staff

    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, Canon to the Ordinary, staff liaison
    The Rev. Canon David Getreu, Canon for Budget and Finance
    Andrea Owens, staff support

  • 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 (2024)
    The Rev. Mary  Carson (2023)

  • Canon X

    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.

    Chair

    Nadya Richardson

    Members

    Jeff Baldridge
    Cynthia Bronson
    John Harris
    Patrick Hreachmack
    Doug Langenfeld
    Bill Ubbes
    Carolyn Wilmesherr
    Dot Yeager
    Randy Young

    Staff

    Nadya Richardson, Diocesan Treasurer
    Christine Perme, CFO
    The Rev. David Getreu, Canon for Budget and Finance
    Andrea Owens, Staff support

  • Term: 3-year, staggered, elected

    Constitution Article VIII; Canon VII

    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.

    President

    The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn

    Members

    Barry Feist (2023)
    The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn (2023)
    Elizabeth Barker (2024)
    The Rev. David Kendall-Sperry, Secretary (2024)
    James Allsop (2025)
    The Rev. Jed Dearing (2025)

    Staff

    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, staff liaison
    Kristi Reynolds, staff support

  • Term: 5-year, elected

    Canon XI

    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.

    President

    John Gustafson

    Members

    The Rev. Sallie Schisler (2023)
    David McKenney (2024)
    The Rev. Anne Warrington Wilson (2025)
    Harold Patrick (2026)
    John Gustafson (2027)

    Staff

    Nadya Richardson, Diocesan Treasurer
    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, Canon to the Ordinary
    The Rev. Canon David Getreu, Canon for Budget and Finance
    Andrea Owens, staff support

  • Term: 5-year, elected. Shall consist of 5 members of the church within this diocese, no more than two of whom may be members of the clergy.

    Canon XI

    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.

    President

    Jon B. Boss

    Members

    The Rev. David Pfaff (2023)
    Jon Boss (2024)
    The Rev. Jack Koepke (2025)
    Nadya Richardson (2026)
    Patricia Hassel (2027)

    Staff

    Joseph Dehner, Chancellor
    Nadya Richardson, Diocesan Treasurer
    The Rev. Canon David Getreu, Canon for Budget and Finance
    Christine Perme, Corporate Secretary and CFO
    Andrea Owens, Recording Secretary


Non-canonical commissions

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

  • The 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.

    Chair

    The Rev. Darren Elin

    Members

    The Rev. Top Borden
    Jon Boss
    Amy Boyd
    Katrina Mundy
    David Thomson
    Robert Turley, vice chair

    Staff

    Christine Perme, CFO
    Andrea Owens, staff support

  • 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.

    Convener

    The Rev. Deborah Woolsey

    Members

    The Rev. Alice Connor, The Edge House, Cincinnati
    Dr. Ellen O’Shaughnessy, The Downtowners Interfaith Campus Ministry, Columbus
    The Rev. Paula Jackson, Church of Our Savior, Cincinnati
    Ginny Sharkey, St. Luke’s, Granville
    The Rev. Karl Stevens, St. Stephen’s, Columbus

  • Co-Chair

    Catherine Duffy

    Co-Chair

    The Rev. Craig Foster

    Members

    Dana Carlson
    The Rev. Warren Huestis
    Ariel Miller
    David Thomson
    Bill Ubbes
    Ken Wright

    Staff

    The Rev. Canon Jason Oden
    The Rev. Canon David Getreu
    Andrea Owens, staff support

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

    President

    Kathy Mank

    Members

    Deborah Allsop, Vice President
    Amy Baird, Book of Remembrance coordinator
    Sister Jacquelin Marie, Convent representative
    Madeleine Trichel, Church Periodical Club (Mile of Pennies)

    The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, ex-officio

  • Episcopal Community Ministries (ECM) is the major source of grants for congregational ministries working to help our Ohio neighbors overcome several life challenges.

    ECM shall have a minimum of three members and a maximum of nine members, all members serve at the discretion of the bishop.

    Members

    Lily Balukjian-Thompson
    Rae Fellows
    Don Lane
    The Rev. Joanna Leiserson
    Jane Paraskevopoulos
    The Rev. Michael Ralph
    The Rev. Deborah Woolsey

    Staff

    The Rev. Canon David Getreu, Canon for Budget and Finance
    Andrea Owens, staff support

  • The Faith in Life Committee acts as trustees of an endowment from the Second Century Fund to provide grants for programs for Christian Education.

    Chair

    The Rev. Canon Jason Oden

    Members

    Jared Treadway
    Amy Howton
    Di McCullough

    Staff

    The Rev. Christopher Richardson
    Emma Helms-Steinmetz
    Adam Hayden
    Miriam McKenney

  • The Lawrence Home Association, founded in 1896 under the will of philanthropist Eleanor Earnshaw, was started to “provide a Christian home for self-supporting, young women on limited means, the most important aim being to help them elevate their standard of life.” To this day, the Lawrence Home Association provides opportunities for young minority women and daughters of active clergy of the diocese.

    Members

    Deborah Allsop, Chair
    The Rev. Benjamin Speare-hardy
    Clark Cowan
    Toni Cowan
    Michael Hughes
    Mary Bailey

    Staff

    The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, ex officio

    Chair

    Deborah Allsop

  • The purpose of the Minority Empowerment 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.

    President

    The Rev. Benjamin Speare-Hardy

    Members

    Deborah Allsop, St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights
    Judy Battle, St. Margaret’s, Trotwood
    Dionne Clifton, St. Philip’s, Columbus
    Clark Cowan, St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights
    Michael Hughes, St. Andrew’s, Cincinnati
    Ellie O. Johnson, Treasurer, St. Andrew’s, Cincinnati
    Charity Smalls, St. Margaret’s, Trotwood
    Cynthia Turner, St. Philip’s, Columbus
    Tyrone Yates, St. Andrew’s, Cincinnati

  • The Procter Center Board acts to service and governance in accordance with its Bylaws in the stewardship, operations, programming to ensure 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.

    Chair

    The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Jr.

    Members

    Anne Brack (2023)
    The Rev. George Glazier (2023)
    Karen Ingraham (2023)
    The Rev. Warren Huestis (2024)
    Annika Russo (2024)
    Lissa Barker (2024)
    Jodie Emerson (2025)
    The Rev. Derrick Fetz (2025)

    Staff

    Amy Boyd, Executive Director
    Robin Kimbler, Recording Secretary
    The Rev. Canon David Getreu, Canon for Budget and Finance

  • The Reparations Task Force consists of eight t0 10 members appointed by the Bishop for a one year term on recommendation from the chair. The committee makes recommendations to the Bishop, Trustees of the Diocese, Diocesan Council, MEIT and the leadership of Becoming Beloved Community.

    Co-chair

    Dianne Ebbs

    Co-chair

    The Rev. Karl Stevens

    Members

    Judy Battle
    Frank Carr
    Dionne Clifton
    Vanessa Gentry
    John Harris
    Lei San Liggins
    Pamela Mayo-Mack
    The Rev. Chris Slane
    Tyrone Yates

    Staff

    Michael Maloney, consultant
    Jeff Dey, consultant
    The Rev. Canon John Johanssen, Canon to the Ordinary