2016 Nominee Biographies

STANDING COMMITTEE

Elect: Elect: 4 — one lay member and three ordained

LAY

Tom Matthews

Dorothy Randall-Tsuruta


CLERGY

Michael Arase-Barham

Jill Honodel

Pam Jester

Leonard Oakes

Vincent Pizzuto

 
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Elect: 2 — at least one must be lay

LAY

Susan MacKenzie

Charles Mader

Lane Ringlee
 


SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION

Elect: 1 (any order)

David Frangquist

 

TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE

Elect: 1 (any order)

Robert McCaskill

 

DEPUTIES TO GENERAL CONVENTION

Elect: 16 — four Deputies and four Alternates will be elected in each order

LAY

Diane FitzGibbon

Carolyn Gaines

Christopher Hayes

Ronald Hermanson

AnnaMarie Hoos

Sarah Lawton

Charles Mader

Karma Quick-Panwala

Patricia Smith

Warren Wong



CLERGY

Merry Chan Ong

Ron Culmer

Paul Fromberg

Richard Edward Helmer

Chip Larrimore

Hailey McKeefry Delmas

Eric Metoyer

Ruth Meyers

David Ota

Vanessa Stickler Glass

Mauricio Wilson


Note: It is not the practice of the Nominations Committee to edit or correct submitted nominee biographies.

Position descriptions here.


STANDING COMMITTEE

Elect: Elect: 4 — one lay member and three ordained


LAY NOMINEES

Tom Matthews

St. James, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:

Family outings, travel, hiking, skiing, active member in our church community, school volunteer, community volunteer: Foresthill Architectural Committee, Dewey Circle Beautification Project, Martin de Porres, Enterprise for High School students


Professional associations:
I am an HR consultant/pension actuary. I am a Fellow in The Society of Actuaries, Member American Academy of Actuaries, and Enrolled Actuary.  

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese:

  • Vestry member for 5+ 3 year terms
  • Finance committee member, and chair
  • Served on the Personal Practices Committee for the diocese for many years
  • Acolyte
  • Junior warden,
  • Youth group leader
  • Sunday School teacher, usher
  • Sub-deacon
  • Assist elderly
  • Frequent volunteer for everything and anything!


Major activities beyond diocese:

  • Raising 2 children
  • Full time work with HR Consulting firm (Willis Towers Watson) for 35+ years
  • Church
  • Enjoying the company of friends and family
  • Gardening
  • Active in UVA alumni association


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

  • Retention of current members
  • Attraction of new members
  • Ensuring church communities are vital
  • Serving our communities
  • Nurturing and ensuring tolerance of diverse cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles
  • Nurturing social awareness
  • Tolerance
  • Engaging our membership
  • Caring for our facilities
  • Ensuring adequate financing/stewardship
  • Advocating and being a steward for the environment


Why are you running for this position?
I was born and raised in San Francisco — being baptized at St James, confirmed at Grace Cathedral, and married at Grace Cathedral. I have always been raised to give back to my family, friends, church, and community. This is just another new and exciting way that I can continue down that path.

Nominated by John Kirkley

 

Dorothy Randall-Tsuruta

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery


Interests:
Always there is the interest in the church being cordial to diversity from inside the belly as opposed to with an outstretched arm keeping it at a distance. Thus, making the church a welcoming place for all people is of great interest to me. Watching the Rio Olympics and seeing the hard work the particpants bring to their goals whether as a team or indivual is inspiring with implications for the work of the church.

Professional associations:
I am a full professor at San Francisco State University in the dept of Africana Studies: my area is 18th century Africana Literature and Womanist Theory. I hold membership in: American Literature Association; College Language Association; Modern Language Association; Board Member of the National Coucil for Black Studies; and a long time past member of the National Council of Teachers of English.  

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
At Grace Cathedral I serve as Lay Assistant, Lector, and Chalice Administrator, and for 21 years served as 3rd Sunday Head Usher. I served on the Dean's Search Committed that brought Dean Malcolm Young to Grace Cathedral. This year elected chair of the African American Commission of the Episcopal Diocese, and was a founding Member of that organization nearly 3 decades ago. I chaired this year's Grace Cathedral's Black History Month Committee. In the past served on the Deanery, served of the board of the Henry Ohlhoff House, volunteered with Episcopal Charities.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I serve on the Paul Wattson Ecumenical Board at the Univ of San Francisco; Awarded Educator of the year by the One Hundred Black Women of San Francisco Association; Honored by my supervisor Eric Mar for contributions to the San Francisco Richand District community. Received Educator Award from the Mary McLeod Bethune Association.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
One concern for the church at large is for clergy being perceived as "real" by the people, if the people are going to be attracted to the church. Congregations so appreciate clergy who in their person convey a calling and spirit of care. But a huge concern for the church is the same as that for the nation and world — the violence to which the world seems to have become acclimated. The usual suspects of racial, gender, and class prejudice figure of course, but then there is the horror of terrorism that finds people making choices out of fears. The church itself is no longer a safe house, as witness the shooting in the AME church in North Carolina. The Church attends in conversations and actions to such matters, but like the secular institutions are hard put for solutions. Continuing, though, to bring spiritual and soulful uplift to a world in need is a must.

Why are you running for this position?
It is so easy to let others serve and then complain about how they serve while protecting the self from such scrutiny. My background culturally and professionally, and my desire to contribute constructively to church matters, make me eager to serve in common purpose with the elected body.


Nominated by Ron Hermanson


CLERGY

Michael Arase-Barham

Good Shepherd, Belmont and Holy Family, Half Moon Bay
Peninsula Deanery

Interests:
My interests include pilgrimage, hiking, letter-writing, reading, and art. I love getting out and exploring again this beautiful Bay Area since returning in 2013 (after serving in the Diocese of Hawaii). I am trying to figure out this whole "Pokemon GO" phenomenon, and enjoy learning about social media, particularly as a vehicle both for maintaining and increasing connections across a spectrum of interests. I am blessed to share some of these interests with a fantastic husband, and so I remain interested in showing my gratitude for and nurturing our love.

Professional associations:
Affiliations of interest include the American Pilgrims on the Camino and the Confraternity of St. James, both of which relate to my interest in pilgrimage generally, and particularly the pilgrimage ("Camino") to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Additionally, I have affiliated with the Small Pilgrim Places Network, having an affinity for their philosophy of hospitality in general, and their attention to smaller yet powerful sacred spaces. 

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Currently, I am vicar of Good Shepherd, Belmont, and Holy Family, Half Moon Bay, churches, and I serve on the Board of Holy Family Children's Center. In the Diocese, I have enjoyed connecting across deaneries with vicars of mission churches through our monthly gatherings, and "Equipping the Beloved" trainings as they are also wonderful opportunities to renew and discover friendships around the Diocese. While I have helped organize specific services and projects, Standing Committee would be my first opportunity to put myself forward for service in a more formal way since returning to DioCal.

Major activities beyond diocese:
In Half Moon Bay and Belmont, I have tried to establish stronger community connections both to be a good citizen, and to help forge relationships for embedded ministry in both communities. In Half Moon Bay, I have assisted in the planning and presentations for LOTUS's annual memorial service, and am a (new) member of Rotary. In Belmont, I am active with the Chamber of Commerce and serve on the Advisory Board of the Dorothy Stang Center, a social justice center for Notre Dame de Namur University.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
moving beyond institutional maintenance to form life-giving relationships within and outside the church; conveying our rich traditions to a new generation and receiving the gifts that generation brings; holding before the world in our time the Good News as an alternative to the narrative of terrorism and violence that has become so visible (but which has always existed); and, recognizing and responding to emerging pleas for justice, such as the #BlackLivesMatter movement, to overcome our past and strive together to embody Jesus' vision of the Reign of God.

Why are you running for this position?
I desire to serve, and to fulfill my vow to take my share in the councils of the church. The Standing Committee participates in the church's ministry of discernment, both in regards to our ecclesial relationships and as council of advice for the bishop; I believe I can join with other members in offering the church an "inquiring and discerning heart". As a mission vicar, I bring the perspective of joys and struggles facing smaller congregations who yet strive with limited resources to be faithful stewards and witnesses of the Gospel, in the midst of the challenges and opportunities we all face.


Nominated by Matthew Woodward

 

Jill Honodel

St. George’s, Antioch, and St. Alban’s, Brentwood
Contra Costa Deanery

Interests:
Photography, travel, dogs, reading, Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Program, pilgrimages


Professional associations:
Interim Ministry Network Center for Interfaith Relations 

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:

  • Long-term Supply Priest, St. George’s and St. Alban’s in Antioch, presently
  • Rector, Grace Church, Martinez, 2004-2015
  • Chair, Committee on Governance, June 2015- present
  • Committee on Governance, 2010-2013
  • Resolutions Committee, 2012-present
  • Fresh Start Workshop Leader, 2010-2013
  • Dept. of Missions and Congregational Development, 2006-2012
  • Governance Review Steering Committee, 2007-2008
  • President, Contra Costa Deanery, ~2006
  • Lecturer on Mary Magdalene for Celtic Nights, Holy Spirit Churches at St. John’s, Clayton


Major activities beyond diocese:

  • License to Operate in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
  • Pilgrimage Liturgist and Consultant
  • Studied the life and legend of Mary Magdalene while on sabbatical in France
  • Started what is now a mission church, St. Brigid’s in Rio Vista, Diocese of Northern California
  • Prior to ordained ministry, I served as a Managing Editor in a publishing company, as a Technical Writer, as a Procedures Analyst, and as an Ace Writer in a public relations firm


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
The church has always been the place of solace. At a time when our nation is increasingly polarized, our greatest strength is that we are perfectly poised culturally with our ethos of via media, the middle way, to demonstrate deep respect for tradition combined with progressive social action. Our greatest challenge is that while the spiritually intellectual possess the most congruence with our core values of faith, scripture and reason, they know so little about the Episcopal Church. I'd like to see us regularly host a forum that attracts those whose values are naturally akin to ours, such as those at Grace Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, where hundreds of otherwise secular spiritual people flock. We have always welcomed all, offering an open hand to those in trouble. Let’s reclaim our roots and at the same time focus on our visibility. We can be of true service by actively, consciously offering hope, standing together for justice, reaching out to the inter-religious community and to the marginalized. I would like to see the Diocese actively stand more visibly for the dignity of humanity. As our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says, “It’s time to take our place in the Jesus Movement.”

Why are you running for this position?
I have a passion for governance.  Good church governance in turn empowers the laity, the clergy and the bishop.  It enhances relationships that promote effectiveness, creates a holy environment of civility and a culture of collaborative transparency that equips our churches and our people to fulfill their baptismal promises. Those from various backgrounds bring with them different forms of expertise.  Thus, when issues are examined from diverse perspectives, the body of Christ is better served through this reflection, and the Diocese is lifted up.  I view governance as a long-term learning process.  I would look forward to offering the experience and knowledge I have gained in governance to the Standing Committee and being of greater service to our Diocese.
 

Nominated by Ron Hermanson

 

Pam Jester

All Saints, San Leandro

Southern Alameda Deanery

Interests:
Hiking, golf, travel, movies, racial justice and reconciliation, advocating for the vulnerable.

Professional associations:
American Association of Episcopal Deacons, Interfaith Domestic Violence Program of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, Alameda County Mental Health Hearing Officer Program

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Working with congregation to understand issues of racial justice and reconciliation and to identify concrete steps we can take to effect positive change. Working with Outreach and Social Ministries teams to make All Saints more visible in community. Working with the Interfaith Domestic Violence Program of the Alameda County Family Justice Center to inform, equip, empower, and support the faith community for prevention of and intervention in domestic violence. Leading Women’s Group. 

Major activities beyond diocese:
At this time, I am focused on the Diocese of California.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Supporting congregations to be vital, integral parts of their communities, sharing God’s love with everyone.

Why are you running for this position?
I am running for Standing Committee for two reasons: one, I think there should be a deacon on the Standing Committee; two, although I am relatively new to ordained ministry, I have many years of experience in leadership positions in professional and community based advocacy organizations. I enjoy the work and have been successful in working with others in leadership. I am called to use my talents wherever they can be used and I think I can make a positive contribution to the work of the Standing Committee.


Nominated by Annette Rankin

 

Leonard Oakes

Holy Child and St. Martin, Daly City

Peninsula Deanery

Interests:
Indigenous/multicultural music/liturgy, constantly expanding my tent with groups or individuals who are inclusive and respectful of their culture and tradition, collaborating with groups/individuals on social justice issues.

Professional associations:

  • Past Filipino Convener and Council member for Episcopal AsiaMerica Ministry (EAM)
  • EAM Liaison to the National Episcopal Youth Council
  • Past Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of California
  • Past Master of Mission Lodge #169 of San Francisco
  • Past Board Member of Peninsula Clergy Network
  • Currently a Local Board Member of Seton Medical Center approved by Atty General Kamala Harris
  • Member of Lion's Club International

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Holy Child and St. Martin in Daly City is a vibrant and growing Episcopal Congregation with multi cultural membership coming from the traditions of Filipino (60%), European (15%), Peruvian (15%), Fiji, Cuban, Chinese (10%). Four Major Programs open our doors to the community: Health and Wellness Center, Arthritis Exercises Program, Bread for the World Program and the Shelter feeding program. An upcoming volunteer program is on its way through the Brown Bag program in collaboration with the Lion's Club and San Mateo County food bank. Thanks to DioCal, United Thank Offering, St. Mary the Virgin SF, ECS, Darby Betts Foundation.

Major activities beyond diocese:
Conducted workshop on indigenous music at the Episcopal Youth Event in Philadelphia in 2014, where the DioCal Youth Delegates led a Liturgical Dance at the Closing Eucharist. Invited as guest to the Joint Commission on Church partnership between The Episcopal Church USA and The Episcopal Church in the Philippines. Collaborated with the Initial gathering for Ecumenical Partnership between The Philippine Independent Church and TEC.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
The decline of membership and the closures of some Mission Stations. Decline comes with many reasons: Rising rental of housing where people move to other states with low cost of housing. It's our decrease, and their increase; lack of activities that motivate people to be involved and be part of making a difference; Individualism and lack of evangelism where one takes care of their own while others suffer. Evangelism is about taking care of each other where we see God in our common struggles. Where the blessed receive their rewards when they stretch forth their helping hand to raise a fallen community. Mission stations are where we meet Jesus on a more intimate conversation. Take a glance from time to time and make a visit.

Why are you running for this position?
I represent the face of diversity. Diversity will bring more angles in looking at leadership. A table of leaders with different views yet encompassing is more beautiful and harmonious in the eyes of God. There are many wonderful ideas that are yet to discover, if we allow diversity to truly dwell among us. Let us constantly expand our tents with no borders and fears. If God is for us, who can be against us?


Nominated by Eric Metoyer

Vincent Pizzuto

The New Skellig Celtic Christian Community
Marin Deanery

Interests:
The Incarnation is among my greatest theological interests. We are all members of Christ’s body, individually expressing something unique about Christ’s ongoing incarnation in the world. We are Christ’s hands and feet, eyes and ears, heart and mind. The church is most alive when it fosters individual expression because the whole Body benefits when each member thrives. If I am an eye on Christ’s body, how does the church help me see? If an ear, how does the church help me listen? When we express our most authentic selves, it is not we who live, but Christ in us.


Professional associations:

  • Founder and Vicar, New Skellig
  • Convener, Bishop’s Committee
  • Professor, University of San Francisco
  • College Theology Society
  • Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars
  • National Council of Churches
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • Parliament of the World’s Religions  
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Contemplative Mind in Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature  
  • Chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Director, Catholic Studies and Social Thought Minor
  • Advisory Board,  Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought
  • Advisory Board, Saint Ignatius Institute
  • Member, USF Council for Jesuit Mission


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I founded my congregation, New Skellig, in 2006. Since our reception into TEC in December 2014, I continue to serve as vicar. Our mission can be summarized in a single question: “What does it mean to live a contemplative Christian life in the world?” To that end, we gather monthly to celebrate the Eucharist, practice silence, share a meal, and explore contemplative spirituality. Our purpose in meeting monthly for several hours, rather than weekly, is to serve as “contemplative leaven” to the universal church; to serve our local parishes with greater awareness of ourselves as members of Christ’s body.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I am a professor at the University of San Francisco where I explore the relationship between New Testament studies and Christian mysticism as they impact some of the most pressing issues of our day. I have published and presented internationally in the areas of climate change, same-gender marriage, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative Christian spirituality. I am currently working on a book for Liturgical Press entitled Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life (forthcoming, 2017). I am exploring what it means to embody scripture. That is to say, the scriptures are only truly interpreted when they are lived, embodied, enfleshed.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
The poet and songwriter Peter Ochs said that in a world of ugliness the only protest is beauty. I think the most pressing issue facing the church today is not ‘out there’ in the world, but within the Church itself. That is, whether we can authentically embody the beauty of the gospel in our world. How do we protest ugliness with beauty? Darkness with light? Hatred with love? Violence with peace? Christ’s own ministry crossed the religious and social boundaries of his own day to the scandal of many, but always for the benefit of those who believed themselves beyond the love and mercy of God. It is why the gospel is so compelling, so beautiful. How do you and I cross social, religious, racial, ethnic, ideological, and economic boundaries today? If our churches reflect the same ugly fractures we see in society we fail to embody the beautiful power of Christ in whom all are one (Gal. 3:28). Our celebration of Word and Sacrament, our polity and canons, our ministries and institutions are most authentic when they serve this end: that we embody the beauty of the gospel in the world. It is our mission to protest with beauty.

Why are you running for this position?
Since I was received into TEC, I have been discerning how, as priest and theologian, I might best serve this diocese and beyond. I believe that my combined vocations will help me to serve on the Standing Committee. Specifically, I have worked diligently at USF on committees, advisory boards, and university-wide councils often negotiating thorny and complicated issues. Moreover, in the three years of negotiating New Skellig’s reception into TEC I worked collaboratively and constructively with multiple dioceses, the Office of the Presiding Bishop, the Office of the Secretary to the General Convention, the Ecumenical and Interreligious Deputy of TEC, and the bishop liaison to the Old Catholic Church. I researched diocesan and nation-wide canons of the church in order to draft a near 60-page proposal submitted to the Presiding Bishop. In the end, we managed to get THAT many Episcopalians to agree on something! I hope to bring my understanding of the canons and Episcopal polity in service of the church. I hope also to bring contemplative leaven and levity to bear on the process of collaborative decision-making. Above all, I hope my contributions might help the church more deeply embody the beauty of the gospel in the world.


Nominated by Andrew K. Lee

 

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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Elect: 2 — at least one must be lay


LAY

Susan MacKenzie

St. Luke’s, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
I live at the Sequoias and I am concerned about the welfare of the residents and assist where I can. In addition, I drive a 94 year old St. Luke's parishioner to appointments.

Professional associations:
I am now retired but worked for Wells Fargo as a financial programmer from 1985 to 2014.  


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:

  • Deanery Delegate
  • Choir member
  • Vestry member

Major activities beyond diocese:
Treasurer of the SF chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronisms   

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
The loss of membership is in my opinion the principle concern. Without members and finance we can not continue forward. I watch as members of a family sit at a table all with their cell phones texting to others. This isn't time spent together. I believe that our society is settling for quantity of communication over quality of communication.

Why are you running for this position?
I would like to be of service to the diocese that supports my church.

Nominated by Dana Corsello

 

Charles Mader

St. Aidan’s, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
History, architecture, road trips with my family exploring off beat places, The Episcopal Church. Lately my niece and I have been exploring ghost towns in Arizona and we are looking forward to our trip to Bodie and Mono Lake this August.


Professional associations:

  • San Francisco Association of Realtors  
  • Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors
  • Calif Association of Realtors  
  • National Association of Realtors


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I am currently serving as a deanery delegate from my congregation. I try to make it every Sunday morning to the early worship service. When I'm down in Palm Springs, I help out with the Children and Families Ministry as I have enrolled my niece in Sunday School there (at The Church of St. Paul in the Desert). But basically, I try to help out as much as I can, whenever I am asked.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I work full time as a Real Estate Broker. I see my role as helping people find, rent or sell their homes. I'm nothing like any of the agents you'll see on those reality TV shows: I work very hard for my clients with a minimum of drama. I am working about 3/4 time now so I have a fair amount of extra time available, which I would like to devote to the Church.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Full Equality. I want the Church to stand behind and fight for it's tagline: "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!". While a traditionalist, nothing annoys me more than someone being made to feel unwelcome inside an Episcopal Church. I, like many are worried about declining attendance and membership, but I'd look at ways "outside the box" of growing our Church. One of the ways may be to reunify with the AME and other historically African-American denominations. But as a gay man, my main focus is fighting discrimination and bringing full equality to the Church and society as a whole.

Why are you running for this position?
I am running for both Exec Council and to be an alternate Deputy so that I can learn more about the Diocese and hopefully someday attend an Episcopal General Convention as a lay delegate.  The reason is that I feel a more muscular approach is needed to stand up to elements of the Anglican Communion who have yet to embrace equality for all it's members.


Nominated by Dave Frangquist

 

Lane Ringlee

St. Stephens, Orinda
Contra Costa Deanery

Interests:
My interests outside of church have included leadership positions within Boy Scouts (backpacking trips, orienteering and other activities), coaching soccer and participating on the William & Mary Parent and Family Council. I was also treasurer of a local lacrosse club (501(c)(3)). In addition, I am an avid cyclist and enjoy reading about American history, particularly Civil War and Revolutionary War literature.

Professional associations:
I have had professional involvement with the National Association of Corporate Directors and NYSE Governance Services as an invited conference speaker. I have also spoken before professional conferences sponsored by Equilar and CHRO Leadership. In addition, I have authored research that has been published by Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Risk & Compliance Magazine, in addition to other professional publications.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I have served as an usher for services for about 7 years, served on hospitality teams for 4 years, and am currently assisting as a member of the finance team accounting for weekly collections/offerings. In addition, I assisted with a 5-month construction project on the grounds as part of my son’s Eagle Scout project.

Major activities beyond diocese:
None beyond diocese.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
I see three primary issues facing (all) churches at this time. In thinking about this question, I saw parallels with one of my favorite hymns, "All Are Welcome".  First, we are seeing greater levels of discord and divergence — political, economic, and theological — than ever before. The challenge for our Church is to ensure for those seeking a relationship with God that we make certain our Church welcomes all. A related area that challenges our ability to welcome all is the schism that is facing many churces today. Stark differences in views on issues such as discriminatory practices in ordination and membership have driven parishes to leave their denominations, and challenge the notion that all are indeed welcome in the church. Lastly, I believe churches struggle to be vital parts of their local communities. In the past, a church was often the center of the local community. A challenge for the church is to identify areas to implement God's community through support of local needs and enhance the church's role within the community.

Why are you running for this position?
I view this as an opportunity to deepen my involvment with The Episcopal Church and serve God using the skills and experience I have honed through my professional career. Serving on the Executive Council provides the opportunity to lend my experience advising public and private organization boards on governance and financial issues and fulfillment of the mission. As I understand, success in the role requires key skills in the areas of listening and collaboration, plus the ability to effectively address confidential and difficult matters while balancing any tension between differing viewpoints. Each of these areas represents a common component in my current professional career as a consultant to corporate boards. I hope to be able to provide the perspective of a trusted advisor to Executive Council members and the Diocese.

Nominated by Jane Stratford


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SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION 

Elect: 1 (any order)


David Frangquist

St. Aidan’s, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
History, com­puters and com­munications, Christian voca­tion, parliamen­tary law, labyrinth design.  

Professional associations:
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:

  • Secretary of Convention
  • Committee on Dispatch of Business 2007-2016
  • Committee on Governance 2010-2012
  • Standing Committee class of 2008 (Secretary 2006, Vice President 2008)
  • Diocesan Council 2002-2004
  • Pacific Church News Advisory Board 2002-2005
  • pre­senter at Diocesan Ministry Conferences (voca­tions track)
  • Convention Delegate
  • Vestry (4 times)
  • Parish Treasurer
  • Congregation Vocations Committee
  • Senior Warden
  • Rector Search Committee
  • labyrinth builder
  • thespian
  • Mother Superior (St. Dymphna’s)

Major activities beyond diocese:
Carleton College Alumni Association, Colorado River runner.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Restructuring our Church to present the Gospel of Christ in new and relevant ways. We must find new models for doing church use our resources effectively and communicate our true excitement about Christ to a skeptical people. We need to convey the importance of Christian com­munity and corporate action to a society where religion has become private and personal for many people. We must mobilize the power of the Holy Spirit embodied in all our members. In this time of economic, environmental and political crisis, the world needs Christ more than ever. (I say much the same thing every year. We're still working on it.)

Why are you running for this position?
I was first called to this work when the Rev. Channing Smith asked me to run after I had served as Secretary of Standing Committee and led the organization of the Special Convention that elected Bishop Marc. I have found the work to be interesting and rewarding. I believe there is more I am called to do, including finding a way to pass this on to someone else. There is still much to do to promote transparency and communication in our diocese and to improve the effectiveness of Diocesan Convention. I have been pleased to serve Christ in this way.

Nominated by Albe Larsen


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TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE

Elect: 1 (any order)

Robert McCaskill

St. Stephen’s, Belvedere
Marin Deanery

Interests:
Nonprofit organizations, environmental protection, travel, snow skiing, and water skiing.

Professional associations:
Retired CPA (past member of American Institute of CPAs and California Institute of CPAs).

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Diocese:

  • Treasurer of the Diocese (2009-present)
  • Diocesan Finance Committee (2002-present)
  • Program & Budget Committee (2008-present)
  • Diocesan Audit Committee (2006-present)
  • Diocesan Investment Committee (2009-present)
  • Diocese Board of Directors (2006-2008)
  • Governance Review Steering Committee (2007-2008)

St. Stephen's Church:

  • Vestry, Senior Warden (2010)
  • Treasurer (2001-present)
  • Co-Chair Capital Campaign (2013)


Major activities beyond diocese:

  • Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (board member)
  • Belvedere City Council (2012-present)
  • Mayor (2014)
  • Marin Clean Energy (board member)
  • Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation (board member)
  • Marin Academy (Finance Committee) 


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
As the financial condition of many of our parish churches continues to suffer, we must continue to seek an appropriate balance between the financial needs of the Diocese and those of its individual churches, and work to identify innovative ways that the Diocese can give meaningful assistance to its congregations in the areas of stewardship and membership growth.

Why are you running for this position?
I am a retired CPA and have served both as a board member and as treasurer of various nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Having served as the treasurer of my own congregation for many years, I have an understanding of the financial pressures that many of our churches face. As a member of the Diocese's finance committee since 2002, I also have a good understanding of the accounting and financial issues of the Diocese.


Nominated by Roulhac Austin

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DEPUTIES TO GENERAL CONVENTION

Elect: 16 — four Deputies and four Alternates will be elected in each order

 

LAY

Diane FitzGibbon

St. Elizabeth’s, South San Francisco
Peninsula Deanery

Interests:
Being with friends and family, music, theatre, movies, current events, bible study, animal lover, reading, walking.

Professional associations:
Society for Technical Communication, Society of Professional Journalists

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I’m the President of the Peninsula Deanery; prior to that I was Vice President, and I am co-chair of the Diocesan Nominating Committee. I’ve also served on the Congregational Development Committee and Deanery Coordinating Committee. At my church I sing in the choir, I’m on the Altar Guild, a lector and Lay Eucharistic Minister, and I manage our Facebook page and website. Previously, I’ve been Sr. Warden, Jr. Warden, Clerk, and Sunday School teacher.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I sing with Masterworks Chorale, I’m involved with Cursillo, have been on several teams and I'm Secretary of the San Francisco/San Mateo Secretariat. Previously I was on the Board of Directors of my Credit Union (2003-2008), Board Chair (1998-2000), attended annual Credit Union conventions during my tenure on the board, and President of Oak Farm Homeowners Association (2003-2007). I’m retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves after 21 years of service.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
The increase of those who are "spiritual but not religious", so they don't find it necessary to go to church, or going to church infringes on their schedule. It concerns me that they don't think going to church could enhance the spiritual part of their lives. How can we convey to them that it will? We need to continue to encourage the youth to get involved in church and its activities. The youth are our future, and with the average age of most congregations getting older, we need families and younger folks to become more involved.

Why are you running for this position?
I've been intrigued with what happens at General Convention. If the convention elects me to this position, I will carry out my responsibilities to the best of my ability. I feel I can contribute to this role utilizing my experience in committee work and conventions as well as organizational and communicative skills. I am a good listener (i.e. active listening), and able to approach difficult and sensitive situations with compassion and discretion.


Nominated by Deborah Hawkins

 

Carolyn Gaines

St. Augustine’s, Oakland
Alameda Deanery

Interests:
Spending time with grandsons, reading, attending Wu Shu, soccer and swim classes, family gatherings, reupholstery classes, creating window treatments, container gardening, and attending music performances and theatre.

Professional associations:
Past member of the National Association of Urban Bankers

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:

DIOCESAN ACTIVITIES

  • General Convention— 2015 Lay Deputy, Committee for the Consecration of the Presiding Bishop; 2012 Lay Deputy; 2009 1st Alternate Lay Deputy, certified half-day; 2006 3rd Alternate Lay Deputy certified for one day; 2003 volunteer; 1997 observer
  • Standing Committee — 2005-2009
  • Governance Review Steering Committee
  • Peace, Justice, and Hunger Commission
  • Afro-Anglican commission

PARISH

  • Currently I serve as lector, deanery representative, and diocesan convention delegate
  • Previous activities: vestry, deanery representative, diocesan convention delegate, altar guild co-director, and chairperson of the Parish Vocations Committee


Major activities beyond diocese:

National

  • January 2016, Trinity Institute Conference: Listening for a Change: Sacred Conversations on Race, Trinity Wall Street, NYC
  • July 2016, Union of Black Episcopalians Annual Meeting. I am a life member
  • March 2015, Deputies of Color pre-convention meeting, Salt Lake City
  • Past member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Black Ministries of The Episcopal Church

Province VIII

  • Served as a Province VIII African-American Network Coordinator and as a member of the Inter-Cultural Ministries Development Team


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Given the harsh realities that have been more fully exposed in recent times, expanding and deepening the work of reconciliation must be seen and acted upon by the church in more deliberate fashion in order to advance the cause of peace and justice in all its facets including social, economic, legal, environmental, gender, and eradication of racism.

Why are you running for this position?
For two decades I have discerned and embraced governances as my vocation in the church and have worked diligently in this call. I am eager and prepared to continue dedicating my voice, energies, insights, time, and experiences in response to this call as a vehicle for giving voice to the prayers, hopes, and concerned of a spectrum of constituencies.


Nominated by David Ota

 

Christopher Hayes

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
Law: nonprofits, small businesses, employment, insurance, civil litigation, and appeals. Also, classical music, history, photography.

Professional associations:
State Bar of California, Bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Courts in California, American Bar Association, American Institute of Parliamentarians.


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Diocese: Chancellor of the Diocese (since 2009) and Bishop Search Committee (2005-2006).
Grace Cathedral: Dean Search Committee (2009–2010), eucharistic minister, catechist, stewardship commission, deanery and convention delegate.


Major activities beyond diocese:

General Convention: 

  • Standing Commission on Governance, Structure, Constitution & Canons (since 2016) 
  • Task Force on the Study of Marriage (since 2016)
  • House of Deputies Resolution Review Committee (2015)
  • Episcopal Chancellors Network (since 2009; board of directors since 2014)
  • American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (trustee since 2015)
  • Disciplinary Board for Bishops (2011–2012) 
  • I assisted Bishop Marc Andrus, more than 50 other Episcopal bishops, and the President of the House of Deputies in filing friend-of-the-court briefs supporting civil marriage equality in the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts (2013–2016).


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Engaging a public that has lost trust in the church along with most other major societal institutions. Combating racism in our own church and in society. Welcoming LGBTQ Christians, who often experience the church as place of harm and rejection. Maintaining a clear identity as Christians while still welcoming all who wish to belong before believing—a generous orthodoxy. Maintaining our relationship with other provinces of the Anglican Communion while still doing what we believe we are called to do.

Why are you running for this position?
I have already served on two General Convention legislative committees since 2015, even though I have not yet served as a deputy. Much of that work supported The Episcopal Church's progress on marriage equality, in which the Diocese of California has long played a leading role. I have also worked closely with bishops, clergy, and lay leaders in several church-wide ministries. Based on this experience, I believe I could hit the ground running even as a new deputy. It would be my privilege to represent the Diocese of California in the General Convention.
 

Nominated by Rod Dugliss
 

Ronald Hermanson

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
Global travel, family, walking, swimming, sacred music, liturgy, stewardship, church governance, lay leadership development, congregation vitality/health, re-imagining the church for a 21st century and strengthening relationships between the Diocese, the Cathedral and Parishes

Professional associations:
Current: Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau (Board of Directors, Convention/Visitor's Bureau Advisory Board and Ambassador)

Immediate Past: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA)

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Congregation: Board of Trustees, Congregation Council, Community Fund-raising (Development), Stewardship, Planned Giving, Education for Ministry (EfM), Certified Lay Pastor, Stephen Ministry Leader, Eucharistic Minister/Visitor, Healing Prayer Ministry, and Lay Worship Assistant.

Diocese: Social Outreach Ministries, Congregation Vitality Initiative, World Missions (Diocese of Curitiba), and Standing Committee (Secretary & VP; liaison to Committee on Governance)

Major activities beyond diocese:
International Ecumenical Advocacy Delegate to the US Congress (2003-2005), ongoing support for the SF Interfaith Winter Homeless Feeding, and fundraising.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Re-imagining the church to be more relevant to 21st century issues and attracting a younger generation not raised within the framework of church practice and doctrine (i.e. Yoga on the Labyrinth). Also, congregational health/vitality and lay leadership development.

Why are you running for this position?
Church governance has been in my blood for a very long time with considerable experience within parishes, the Cathedral and now the Diocese. I have attended three national church conventions as a visitor (one Presbyterian and two Episcopal) and it feels right to move to attending next as a deputy. In addition, although my parish is in SF and within the SF Deanery, my residence is in Contra Costa with 20 years in Walnut Creek and 5 years in Pittsburg. My presence within the deputation could strengthen existing representation from Contra Costa. Finally, I have a lifetime and depth of experience as a team player in all things church which may be useful to the deputation.

Nominated by Sylvia Vasquez

 

AnnaMarie Hoos

St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
Liturgy, especially shaping contemplative, evening and intergenerational worship services. Social and environmental justice. Local food issues, hunger, and homelessness. Singing with others. Cooking, canning, and preserving local, seasonal produce.

Professional associations:
I am an Associate Member of the Iona Community, an ecumenical community, based in Scotland, whose members are dedicated to daily prayer and Bible study, working for peace and justice, and finding “new ways to touch the hearts of all” with the good news of the Gospel of Christ. I am a presenter/trainer for Music that Makes Community, which equips people to connect and grow through singing.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I am currently a first-year seminarian at Virginia Theological seminary. Previously, I was the Congregational Communications and Program Manager at Grace Cathedral, and I worked with the 6 p.m. evening congregation for several years. I helped coordinate Equipping the Beloved Community events at the cathedral. With St. Gregory’s I served as deanery delegate, on the vestry, on the Standing Committee, and on the Executive Council. At St. Gregory’s I taught Godly Play, led in worship, and helped start two evening services. I have also mentored Education for Ministry. I was elected an alternate lay deputy to General Convention in 2012.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I served as a Crisis Line Counsellor with the San Francisco Night Ministry for 13 years, eventually becoming a trainer of Crisis Line Counsellors. With Music that Makes Community, I have led workshops both within the diocese of California and in the diocese of San Diego.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

I believe the major issues facing the church today include:

  • forming brave, joyful, committed, creative Christians of all ages
  • working to address economic and racial injustice in our society
  • finding fresh ways to gather and worship God together which take into account changing patterns of religious observance and church attendance — we have a rich tradition to draw on and to carry forward
  • resourcing and supporting small congregations so that they remain vibrant and vital
  • meeting the pastoral needs of aging congregations and congregants in a society disinclined to address aging and death
  • the ongoing effects of climate change  

Why are you running for this position?
I am running because I believe it is important to be part of the conversations which will shape our Episcopal Church over the coming decades. I look forward to sharing my experience as a long-time, active presence in our diocese as well as the perspective on the wider church which I am developing at seminary in Virginia. I am particularly interested in the work which will be done over the next several General Conventions towards developing a new Book of Common Prayer. I want to bring my years with evening and intergenerational Eucharists to bear as we discuss developing resources for our future common prayer and worship. I also want to bear witness in those and other conversations to our diocese’s experience with and commitment to full inclusion of all God’s people in the language and leadership of our church. Along with the conversations around the Book of Common Prayer, I am also concerned that General Convention take up measures to guide how the Episcopal Church will work in the 2018-2021 triennium to address the effects of economic inequality, work towards a living wage, welcome refugees, mitigate climate change, and resource under-represented populations in our denomination. 

Nominated by Paul Fromberg

 

Sarah Lawton

St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests: 
Enjoying life as an almost-empty-nester (daughter Hannah is attending university in Scotland, son Isaac leaves for college in one year). Walking our dog, hiking, following major league baseball from April to October (SF Giants of course, and my hometown Red Sox); reading books on my daily BART commute; and volunteering my time to community organizing, including supporting public schools, justice for immigrants, and witnessing to recent police shootings in my Mission District neighborhood. Continuing to support projects in Central America, a long connection of my heart. 

Professional associations:
Professional: Since 2005, Development Director at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education; previously, Associate Director at the SHARE Foundation, an interfaith organization focused on development and human rights in El Salvador.

Volunteer: In San Francisco since 1991, work on immigration rights and voter initiatives. Since 2002, member of Parents for Public Schools-San Francisco; also PTA Executive Board and Communications Chair, Aptos Middle School, 2010-2013. In 1990, co-founded the Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network, a community-labor support organization focused on quality jobs and workers’ rights in Oregon. Founded Northern Berkshire Food Project as a Williams College student, 1986-1987. 

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Congregation:  Senior Warden 2008-2010 and 1998-2000; Vestry 2008-2011, 2003-2005, 1997-2000. Capital Campaign Co-Chair 1996, 1999. Also: Choir, Lay Reader, Outreach Ministry Team, Parish Vocations Committee, Stewardship Committee Chair.

Diocese:  Current president, San Francisco Deanery. Current member/secretary of diocesan Governance Committee. General Convention Lay Deputy, 2005-present; Alternate Lay Deputy, 1999-2005. Also: Standing Committee 1995-99, President of Standing Committee 1998-99. Diocesan Council 2000-2001; Council liaison to Department of Missions. Steering Committee and Executive Committee, Jubilate Deo, 1999-2001. Migration and Immigration Task Force, 2006-2008, Millennium Development Goals Task Force, 2006-2007. San Francisco Deanery, convention delegate, many years.

Major activities beyond diocese:
Current: State of the Church Committee, member and secretary. Chair, Standing Commission for Social Justice and Public Policy (6-year appointment, 2009-2015). Chair, Standing Commission for Domestic Mission and Evangelism (6-year appointment, 2000-2006). Chair, 20/20 Committee, 2001-2003; 20/20 Team Leader, GC 2003 (tracking 30 pieces of legislation). Legislative Committee on US Social Justice (2015, Secretary). Legislative Committee on National/International Concerns (2009/2012, Secretary 2012). House of Deputies media briefer (2009/2012). Legislative Committee on Evangelism (2006). Worked with TransEpiscopal & Integrity on gender identity resolutions (2009, 2012) and with Official Youth Presence on immigration resolutions. Recipient of House of Deputies medal, 2013.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
To engage the world beyond our church walls — so they will know we are Christians by our love.

Strategic necessities: 

  • Function in a postmodern society: Shift our sense of who “we” are, with more racial & ethnic diversity at the center of the church; move beyond 20th century institutional formations and modes of communication.
  • Focus on building relationships with people we don’t yet know; bring together evangelism—telling the good news—and peace and justice work for local community and world.  
  • Ongoing faith formation to pray and live the Gospel “seven whole days, not one in seven." 


Why are you running for this position?
Most of my peers (GenX) don’t go to church, and don’t know why they would want to. I want us to be a community known for following the way of Jesus, for our loving and heartfelt concern for our neighbors, for living and breathing the good news of God’s love for the whole world. As an experienced deputy, I understand how to bring our diocese’s concerns to General Convention, from writing resolutions, shepherding them through committee hearings, and speaking on the floor of the House of Deputies. I collaborate well with my fellow deputies. I bring both legislative skills and a passion for addressing the strategic issues of change in our Church and care for our world.

Nominated by Richard Smith

 

Charles Mader

St. Aidan’s, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery


Interests:
History, architecture, road trips with my family exploring off beat places, The Episcopal Church. Lately my niece and I have been exploring ghost towns in Arizona and we are looking forward to our trip to Bodie and Mono Lake this August.


Professional associations:

  • San Francisco Association of Realtors  
  • Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors
  • Calif Association of Realtors  
  • National Association of Realtors

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I am currently serving as a deanery delegate from my congregation. I try to make it every Sunday morning to the early worship service. When I'm down in Palm Springs, I help out with the Children and Families Ministry as I have enrolled my niece in Sunday School there (at The Church of St. Paul in the Desert). But basically, I try to help out as much as I can, whenever I am asked.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I work full time as a Real Estate Broker. I see my role as helping people find, rent or sell their homes. I'm nothing like any of the agents you'll see on those reality TV shows: I work very hard for my clients with a minimum of drama. I am working about 3/4 time now so I have a fair amount of extra time available, which I would like to devote to the Church.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Full Equality. I want the Church to stand behind and fight for it's tagline: "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!". While a traditionalist, nothing annoys me more than someone being made to feel unwelcome inside an Episcopal Church. I, like many are worried about declining attendance and membership, but I'd look at ways "outside the box" of growing our Church. One of the ways may be to reunify with the AME and other historically African-American denominations. But as a gay man, my main focus is fighting discrimination and bringing full equality to the Church and society as a whole.

Why are you running for this position?
I am running for both Exec Council and to be an alternate Deputy so that I can learn more about the Diocese and hopefully someday attend an Episcopal General Convention as a lay delegate.  The reason is that I feel a more muscular approach is needed to stand up to elements of the Anglican Communion who have yet to embrace equality for all it's members.


Nominated by Dave Frangquist

 

Karma Quick-Panwala

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
As a woman with a disability married to (and the mother of) a person of color, whose in-laws are nationalized immigrants and practicing Hindus, it’s no surprise that social justice and the inclusion of all God’s children tops my personal and professional interests. Beyond that, I follow politics and study political history, attend the SF Symphony year-round, cheer for the Warriors, Giants, Cubs (I’m from the Midwest!), and Cal Bears, and travel domestically and abroad at every opportunity. I’m excited to return to the ski slopes after several years now that Tahoe is getting snow.

Professional associations:
I belong to the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and the California Association of Parent-Child Advocates, which are the national and state associations for special education attorneys and advocates, respectively. I also belong to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Disability Rights Committee, and the National Lawyers Guild’s Bay Area chapter. In 2007, I proudly served on the first executive board of the newly-created National Association of Law Students with Disabilities.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Congregation: I’ve belonged to Grace Cathedral’s Deanery Delegation since 2010, acting as Convener in 2014. This spring, I joined Grace’s Social Justice Committee, helping to steer efforts in early education and racial reconciliation. Other service includes Greeter’s Guild, Welcome Committee, and Congregation Council, and shortly, Family Ministries.  

Diocese: I was elected to Executive Council in 2012 for a 2013-2015 term. During this time, I sat on the Executive Compensation Committee. 

Major activities beyond diocese:
I work as a special education advocate, representing families of students with disabilities in disputes with public school districts. Outside of work, I belong to P.E.O. International, local chapter GR. My board experience includes six years on the Cottey College Alumnae Association Executive Board and three years on the board of the Independent Living Resource Center-San Francisco. Last year, I attended the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church as a visitor, where I co-drafted one resolution, and, as a result of my disability accommodations being denied, drafted two more with funding and advocacy requirements—all passed by the Convention.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

  • Remaining relevant in a progressively secular society: We feel this the most in our pews, as membership and stewardship decline and bringing new faces into the congregation is a constant challenge. This can be addressed at the top levels of our church as well as at the parish level, as we determine policies, any changes to our liturgies and canons (i.e. marriage equality), our budgets and investments, and our advocacy on political and international issues.
  • Youth: We see fewer youth committed to faithful practice and involvement in the church. We often struggle to find our Official Youth Presence in a time when younger generations’ voices are more important than ever as the future of the Church is constantly considered at all levels of governance, worship, and ministry.
  • Inclusion of all God’s children: Divisions still exist on how to include many disenfranchised people in our worship spaces and practices, and more education is needed on our Church’s history of disenfranchisement of minority populations.
  • Support for more women clergy and bishops: We have so few women in leadership positions despite so openly acknowledging women can be bishops and even presiding bishops within The Episcopal Church. 


Why are you running for this position?
I am running for the deputation because my experience at the 78th General Convention in 2015 kindled a passion for activism within and on behalf of the Church. I am also running to continue my work begun as a visitor at last year in Salt Lake City. I co-drafted a resolution on disability and criminal justice (D032) sponsored by Sarah Lawton, and I personally drafted two resolutions regarding disability accommodations for all TEC programs, activities, and events (D043), and support for the UN CRPD (D071), sponsored by The Rev. Eric Metoyer and The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer, BSG respectively. During Convention, I testified before TEC’s Program, Budget, and Finance Committee, successfully securing $80,000 in TEC’s budget to fund D043 each triennial period. All three resolutions were passed by the Convention.  Yet, because many resolutions are not immediately funded or implemented, and require further advocacy and monitoring, I’ve partnered with another disability rights advocate from the Diocese of Texas to ensure these important resolutions will come to fruition as intended by the Convention. I can advocate now, but my voice and work—and thus, my impact on inclusion and ministry—will be amplified as a deputy to General Convention.

Nominated by Sarah Lawton

 

Patricia Smith

Resurrection, Pleasant Hill
Contra Costa Deanery

Interests:
Genealogy, photography, American History, movies

Professional associations:


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:

Webmaster, Facebook Administrator, Communications Liaison to the Diocese, LEM, Lay reader, Altar Guild, unofficial parish photographer and videographer

Major activities beyond diocese:


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

The major issues are updating our Book of Common Prayer, the Hymnal, and the Book of Occasional Services. Hard to believe our current Book of Common Prayer is almost forty years old and the 1982 Hymnal is not far behind. I feel the contesting will not be so much about what will be added to these books but what will be left out. Other concerns are:

  • How do we grow our membership within our Diocese as well as the National Church?
  • How do we keep our youth and young adults who were born and raised in the Episcopal Church to remain involved in the Episcopal Church?
  • The continuing issue regarding our membership/relationship with the Anglican Communion.   

Why are you running for this position?
I am a member of the Contra Costa Deanery. There are six deaneries in our Diocese and I strongly feel that should be reflected in our deputation to General Convention. I served as an Alternate Deputy at the 2012 in Indianapolis. It was a wonderful experience and my focus for our Deputation was attending the House of Bishop’s meetings and informing the rest of our Deputies using email, instant messaging, and other electronic means of communication. I also provided photos of the convention for our Deputation’s blog. I have lived in California for over twenty years and I was born and raised in the Diocese of Pittsburgh where I served as a member of the vestry including Senior Warden, delegate to diocesan convention for many years including president of our district (deanery), and elected member of the Diocese of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees.

Nominated by Bruce Smith

 

Warren Wong

St. James, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
Classical music, film festivals, hiking, gardening, grant writing, travel, baseball


Professional associations:
California Probate Referees Association, past president; Constable Grant Recipient for Diversity & Ethnic Ministries (2015); Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries, Advocacy Network chair (2007-15); Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Climate Justice Work Group (2016-); Trinity Institute: Global Theological Conferences

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
St. James, SF (1985-): Current Lay Eucharistic Minister; Convener, Delegates to Diocesan Convention; Parliamentarian; Mothers Helping Mothers – International Micro-Lending; Former Chair, Finance; Stewardship; Rector Search; Endowment; Healing Ministry; Vocations;  

Our Saviour, Oakland (1959-1984): Junior Warden, Vestry; Co-Chair, Building Capital Campaign; Lay Reader; EAM Youth Representative;

Deanery: President, San Francisco Deanery (2010-11);  

Diocese: Current Co-Chair, Deputation to General Convention; Former Chair, Gift Planning (2001-12); Nominations (2007-08); Multicultural Missioner Search (2008); Co-Chair, Bishop Transition Committee (2005-06);

Province VIII: Current Convener, Peace & Justice Group (2013-) team leader for Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic Ministry Networks covering 18 western dioceses; 

Major activities beyond diocese:
National Church: Current Executive Council (2015-21); Committees of Council: Chair, Economic Justice Loan; Executive Committee, Governance & Administration; Former Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Nominations (2007-12); Social Responsibility in Investments (2001-09); “Claiming The Blessing" Steering Committee (2004-06);  

General Convention: Current Co-Chair, Deputation (3X); Lay Deputy (4X), House of Deputies (GC2003-15) — Governance & Structure: chair, GC, CCABs & Budget (GC2015); Convener, Deputies of Color Caucus (GC2012-15); Co-Convener, All California Deputation Gathering (GC2012-15);  Former 1st Alternate Lay Deputy (1X); Co-Chair, Asian Caucus (GC2003-09); Orientation Team (GC2009); Legislative Committees: Consecration of Bishops (GC2009-12), Evangelism (GC2003); 

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
In 2015, The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry became our 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate. His 15 years as Bishop of North Carolina shares his vision, leadership, and role as CEO (chief evangelism officer). We are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus' Movement! We begin a new era in the Episcopal Church where we are transformed as Evangelists and Instruments of God's Reconciliation in the world.  Let us embrace our call by:  

  • funding programs/partnerships for mission and evangelism;
  • training/empowering ministry teams/networks;
  • building safe, diverse, inclusive, spiritual communities for youth, young adults, LGBT, & multi-cultural;
  • being mindful of clergy/congregational wellness needs;
  • taking the church beyond our walls; and
  • becoming instruments of reconciliation for racial justice, economic justice, and climate justice in our communities and beyond.  

Finally, General Convention 2018 will be addressing revisions to Book of Occasional Services (A059) and Hymnal (D060). Once the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music reports, the California deputation will facilitate conversations in the six deaneries. A diocesan-wide conversation and listening process will allow us to hear the concerns from our clergy and the “people in the pews”. It will be our role to be mindful of diocesan views.

Why are you running for this position?
I feel a special call to this ministry and offer these gifts:  

  • Building Community and Working Collaboratively: I’ve developed relationships with deputies/alternates, clergy, and bishops in other dioceses. As a humble man, our daily worship at GC allows me to listen, share, pray, and hear God’s call. As Province VIII team leader and Deputies of Color convener, I'm a EAM leader that works collaboratively with 15 other Episcopal networks each GC. I’ve authored, sponsored, and testified on GC resolutions, chaired committees, and managed campaigns for friends running for elective office.  
  • Broad Representation: I strive for representation from all six deaneries and remain committed that “all the voices of the church” have a seat the table. In 2010, I authored legislation creating the Official Youth Presence.  
  • Transparency and Accountability: I’m committed to transparency and accountability on legislation that will impact the diocese, congregations, clergy, and church members. Deanery forums are an excellent opportunity to present legislative priorities and listen to parishioners, mission congregations, clergy, and lay leaders.

Finally, I'm feeling called to help Presiding Bishop Curry implement his vision for evangelism and reconciliation. I would be honored to continue representing the Diocese of California in Austin 2018.

Nominated by Julie Wakelee-Lynch

 


CLERGY

Merry Chan Ong

Church of Our Savior, Oakland
Alameda Deanery

Interests:

Professional: serving the Diocese, serving my church, furthering our multicultural goals, the Episcopal Liturgy, sacrament, pastoral care, preaching, teaching, and program creation. I have a passion for helping people of all ages: children, young people, adults and seniors.

Personal: community organizer, administration stuff, singing, playing piano, teaching choir, swimming, table tennis.


Professional associations:

  • ACDC (Asian Commission for the Diocese of California – Co-Chair at present)
  • Chinese Convocation Convener (3 years - 2016 -2019)
  • EAM (Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries) Vice President for Development
  • Deanery of Alameda
  • 1st Alternate Deputy at the 2015 General Convention
  • PB Appointment to the Task Force on Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Churches, for General Convention 2018

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:

  • Rector of Our Savior, Oakland
  • Adviser of Oakland Chinatown Jubilee Community Center
  • Director and Founder of Our Saviour ESL (English As Second Language) Program, & Tai Chi Class
  • Overseer Oakland Chinatown Jubilee Community Center, After School Program, Summer School Program
  • Bishop’s Appointee, Executive Council (2011-2014)
  • Joint Ministry with Oakland Episcopal neighborhood churches,  Food Pantry@ St. James, every Wednesday
  • 1st Alternate Deputy to the General Convention (2015)

Major activities beyond diocese:

  • Advisory Asian Committee for Criminal - work with Oakland Police Department
  • World Anglican Chinese Clergy Fellowship - Networking person for Northern America
  • Chinese Convocation Convener (3 years - 2016 - 2019)
  • Ecumenical Faith group coordinator

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

  • Shrinking congregations and church attendance, lack of young people.
  • Financial stresses due to the recession.
  • A general societal drift away from religion.

Why are you running for this position?

To satisfy my calling, I need to serve the Diocese as well as my church.  I believe I have unique abilities and experiences that allow me to make a contribution:

Multicultural:                                                                                            

I am familiar with the needs, differences, and sensitivities of different cultures. I grew up in the Filipino culture as a traditional Chinese. I speak 5 languages (Cantonese, Mandarin, Fukienese, Tagalog and English). I served for 10 months as a Minister in camp of Vietnamese, Cambodian, & Laotian refugees. I worked across multiple cultures as a North of Market Area Missioner in 2011. With my multicultural expertise, I’ll be able to translating and interpreting.

Professional: 

  • I have two Masters Degrees, one in Education and one in Divinity.
  • I was a Principal of a large private Christian school in the Philippines, and responsible for over 900 students grades K – 12, and 40 teachers and staff. I have skills and experiences in resolving the differences of groups with varying perspectives, such as school board of trustees, parents, teachers, and children. 

Educational: 

  • I taught English for many years to Chinese students in the Philippines.
  • I created Children’s choirs and dance groups in the Philippines and the US, and taught piano in both for many years.
  • I created and administered multicultural educational programs here in the US, including the St. James, SF After School Program, the True Sunshine After School Program, (diversity group) adult classes in ESL (English as Second Language), and preparation classes for the American Citizenship Examination.  The after School programs included first-generation Americans from 6 different nationalities.
  • As one of the trainers to the Anti-Racism Orientation last May, 2013 at St. Paul Episcopal Church, in San Rafael.

Nominated by Denise Obando

 

 

Ron Culmer

St. Clare’s, Pleasanton
Southern Alameda Deanery

Interests:
I am an avid reader of Science Fiction/ Fantasy as well as enjoy scuba diving, hiking, yoga, running, sailing, bird watching, as other activities when I can get them.  I have sung in choral groups throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, was awarded a vocal scholarship in college to sing opera and choral music, play guitar, had several rock bands, have written both published poetry and publicly preformed music, and engage it all and more as often as time permits. I am a fan of Firefly, Star Trek, and Dr. Who.

Professional associations:
Associate of the Order of Holy Cross.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I have served in the Episcopal Diocese of California as Vice President of the Standing Committee, Chair of the Eastmund Fund, Chair of the Diocesan Nominating Committee, and on the Alumni Council and board of Trustees of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. A fifth generation Episcopalian, I am a strong proponent of ecumenism, interfaith and collaborative ministry, serving on various councils in the Pleasanton Tri-valley area. As Rector of St. Clare’s Episcopal Church in Pleasanton, and President of the Southern Alameda Deanery my congregation has been active locally, nationally, and internationally.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I am also enrolled in the joint D.Min. program at Seabury-Western and CDSP in Congregational Development working on my dissertation involving multi-ethnic congregations in the Episcopal church and why they work. Beyond the diocese I have served the larger church through youth and young adult ministry leadership as a guest speaker at Kanuga.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
For the past few decades the church has been on a transition journey that seems to echo Israel's journey in the wilderness. Yet God's call to the church is not to mourn the change but embrace the new mission, the Jesus movement, in faithfulness. The key for us is to embrace new skills and new ways of being which will require amongst other things, new and diverse voices. 

Why are you running for this position?
I believe it is time for me to share my gifts and talents in a broader and new way with the larger church. I would be honored and grateful to serve in this capacity.

Nominated by Mark Spaulding

 

Paul Fromberg

St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
Food, painting, design, iconography, writing, reading, politics, being a good husband


Professional associations:
Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music: Member and Chaplain. Gathering of Leaders: Member and Speaker. Gathering the Next Generation: Member. The Pantry at St. Gregory's: Board President.


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
St. Gregory of Nyssa: Rector and Parish Leader. The Pantry at St. Gregory’s: Cook and Pastor. Icon Writers’ Community at St. Gregory of Nyssa: Member. General Convention 2015: Deputy and Committee Member (Committee on Liturgy and Music). D.Min., CDSP, 2014. 

Major activities beyond diocese:
Upcoming Publications: The Art of Transformation, Church Publishing, 2017. Publications: I Love to Cook Without a Book, Oneing, 2015. Adjunct Faculty, CDSP, "Practical Theology," June Term, 2015. Instructor, Episcopal Church in Minnesota's ordination-track School for Formation, "Prayer Book One," 2014, 2015.  Anglican–Lutheran National Conference of Worship (Canada): Speaker and Panelist, 2014. Wild Goose Festival: Speaker and Worship Team Leader, 2013 – 2015. House of Deputies Meeting in Atlanta on Same Sex Blessings: Deputy and Reviewer, 2011.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

  • Living the Gospel in a fractured civic milieu.  
  • Love as an organizational principle.
  • De-centralized organization of parishes.
  • Empowering resilience and flexibility in the church’s members.  
  • Reimagining the way that the church is organized, administered and empowered for ministry.
  • Remaining open to the transforming power of God and trusting that change will not harm God's people.
  • Raising up a new generation of leaders for the church – both lay and ordained – and trusting that their gifts will accomplish God’s purpose for the world.
  • Patterning our church communities on the life of Christ instead of exclusivity, competition and scarcity.  
  • Letting God be God while honoring the divine image in each person we encounter.
  • Loving our enemies.
  • Being future focused and not simply repeating the triumphs and failures of the past.
  • Attending to cultural shifts and changes around us that bear on the church’s work.
  • Welcoming people into the church who are not like us in terms of race, economics, gender, sexual orientation, language, or belief.
  • Reclaiming evangelism as the proper work of liberal Christianity.  
  • Letting people know that there is something happening in the Episcopal Church that has the power to transform their lives and communities. 


Why are you running for this position?
I feel called to offer my perspective, experience, intelligence and abilities to represent the Diocese of California at General Convention. I am blessed to lead and serve a vital and creative congregation. The people of St. Gregory's allow me to broaden and deepen the ministry that God has entrusted to us. I have energy and vision for the church that is being called into the future. In the current Triennium I am grateful to be a member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. The SCLM is engaged in vital work for the life of the Church, and I am grateful to be an active part of this work — particularly in bringing new resources to the liturgical life of both members of the Episcopal Church and strangers that are being drawn to our tribe. We have done great work in creating a public theology that proclaims God’s culture of justice, love, and mercy. And there is still much to be done, work that requires our very best efforts at creative thinking, honest communication, humble service and hopeful expectation. I will bring these traits to the deputation and hope that I will have the opportunity to serve.

Nominated by Dana Corsello

 

Richard Edward Helmer

Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley
Marin Deanery

Interests:
Religious life, piano, web programming, time with family


Professional associations:
Professed member of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory 


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Rector, Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley, 2006-present; Deputy to General Convention 2015; Alternate Deputy to General Convention 2012; Alternate Deputy to General Convention 2009; Standing Committee President 2015; Standing Committee Secretary 2012-2014

Major activities beyond diocese:
Minister Provincial for Province VIII of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory, Secretary of the House of Deputies Resolutions Review Committee for General Convention 2015, Coordinated California Deputations meetings at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2011 and 2014, Served on Council of Episcopal Asiamerican Ministries, 2004-2006 Webmaster, the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory Editor, Preparing for Sundays web resource, Church Publishing

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
In a fractious time, we are being called now more than ever to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to bring about healing, renewal of relationship, and offer a compassionate and prophetic voice for the marginalized and a planet in ecological crisis.  The institutional Church, like many institutions in the West, is also in crisis. Our renewal rests in our willingness to undertake our mission in Jesus Christ with renewed vigor: to embrace what our Presiding Bishop and others call the "Jesus Movement." This demands of us not only imagination and creativity within our tradition, but an ongoing commitment to a life rooted in prayer, sacrament, fellowship, and service. Our society is hungry for a voice and presence that offers an alternative to fear, scarcity, division, and violence. The Episcopal Church has that voice, and our diverse ministries offer that presence through Christ: hope, courage, abundance, mercy, peace, and new life for all.


Why are you running for this position?
It has been an honor to serve with our diocesan deputation to the last three General Conventions. Our deputation has been instrumental in moving some of the most important legislation of the past two decades through our Church's highest governing body, and in bringing together advocacy for justice at many levels of our Church and society. At General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City, I served as Secretary to the House of Deputies Resolutions Review Committee, which assisted in the legislative process by helping committees, deputies, and bishops refine over three hundred separate proposals for consideration by both Houses. This experience helped me appreciate even more the great care and love for the Gospel that our deputies, canonical officers, bishops, and many from across the Church bring into the work of our common governance. Offering this experience together with my recent work on Diocesan Standing Committee and over fourteen years in congregational, diocesan, and wider-church ministry as a priest, I am honored to be nominated to serve again as part of our deputation.

Nominated by Michael Barlowe

 

Chip Larrimore

Christ Church, Sausalito
Marin Deanery

Interests:
I have always had a passion for ministry to and with the Youth of our Church. Whether it is in building strong Christian formation programs for young children and pre-teens, or Youth Programs for teens to build community and opportunities for service, work with the young people in their formation as followers of Jesus Christ has been a constant for me. I also have a deep love for the liturgy of our Church and the way it speaks to the lives of individuals, of communities, and of the whole human family.

Professional associations:


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:

I have been canonically resident in the Diocese of California for 21 years and have served 3 congregations in our diocese: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; St. Peter's, Redwood City; and Christ Church, Sausalito. This year, I am completing the third year of a 3-year term on Executive Council and currently serve as Council Chair. When Bishop Marc came to our diocese, I served on the Diocesan Governance Review Committee. Prior to that, I served during different years on the Board of St. Dorothy's Rest and as Chair of the Assessment Appeals Committee.


Major activities beyond diocese:
In 2006, I served as an Alternate Deputy from the Diocese of California to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio.  I have also been a participant in the Gathering the Next Generation group of clergy since the mid-90's. 


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Though there are many ways that we go about doing it, I believe (as I believe our Presiding Bishop does) that the major issue for the Episcopal Church in the 21st century is to find ways to help our members and those whom God sends us to be better followers of Jesus Christ. Whether it is speaking out for social justice, speaking to the needs of the poor, helping people deepen their friendship with God, we must work to do all these things by first seeking to better know Christ in our lives and to better know how Jesus is calling us to live out the Gospel message in the world.

Why are you running for this position?
I served as an Alternate Deputy to General Convention in 2006 and ever since that time have wanted to return to General Convention as a full Deputy. I was nominated in 2009 but was not elected at that time. In 2012 and 2015 I was in transition between parishes so it was not the right time for me personally. Now, I am settled in my position at Christ Church, and this year I am completing my term on Executive Council. Over the next couple of years, I will be able to devote my time to the preparation our delegation will need to do for GC 2018. I feel this is the right time for me to serve our Diocese and the Episcopal Church.


Nominated by Matthew Dutton-Gillett

 

Hailey McKeefry Delmas

Epiphany, San Carlos
Peninsula Deanery

Interests:
Mental health awareness, social justice, LGBT rights, writing/blogging.

Professional associations:
Editor in Chief, EBN, a global electronics supply chain community; Chair of the Board, the Episcopal Chaplaincy, a hospital chaplaincy program serving the Diocese of California; Chair of the Board, Training for Safety, a non-profit association to train first responders; Chair of the Faith Outreach, National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI).

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Permanent Deacon, Episcopal Church, 17 years. Within the congregation, I participate in preaching, worship planning, faith formation, healing prayer ministry, and outreach. 

Major activities beyond diocese:
I write a faith-based blog titled Scattered Revelations (www.scatteredrevelations.com) which aims shine a light on faith and social justice in the world. 

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
As a church, we are faced with balancing our tradition with the changing world. Brian McClaren, a leader in the emerging church movement, calls this balance a sense of "generous orthodoxy". If we can take on this task successfully, we can build space for people to  tackle big problems like racism/social justice, care for creation, sustainability, and more with respect and love. It will ensure relevance while preserving the long tradition of spirituality of the Episcopal Church. 

Why are you running for this position?
At the 78th General Convention in 2015, I was elected as an alternate delegate. It was a huge honor, and expanded my understanding of the church and its structure. At that convention, I followed the Commission on Ministry & Evangelism and the Commission on Social Justice. In my spare time, I blogged daily to report back the Diocese of California about the happenings of convention. Last time, I learned a lot and feel I have to experience to participate even more fully in the life of the convention.  I hope to be elected as a delegate to bring these experiences to bear in serving as a representative of our diocese at the upcoming convention. As a permanent deacon and a member of the Peninsula Deanery, I believe that I can also contribute to expanding the breadth of diversity of our deputation. I would also want to continue to act as a correspondent of the convention.

Nominated by Vanessa Glass

 

Eric Metoyer

St. Luke’s, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. I am seen at U California football games, whose fortunes I've followed for years. I enjoy model trains and riding trains. I also enjoy collecting and using fountain pens.

Professional associations:
I am a member of the Living Stones Partnership (an association of church developers), the Society of Catholic Priests, and the Union of Black Episcopalians. In addition, I am a member of the Alumni Council of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley.


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
My day job is Associate for Congregational Ministries for the Diocese of California, which is the daily care and promotion of the eighty plus congregations in the Diocese of California. I am an active member Union of Black Episcopalians at St Augustine's Oakland and the Asian Commission of the Diocese of California. I think being involved in congregations working with and in their communities is important, Gospel based work. I also serve as an Associate Priest for St Luke's Episcopal Church, San Francisco.


Major activities beyond diocese:

I serve as Corporator of Lyndon Institute in Vermont, and the board of the San Francisco Night Ministry. I am on the Nominating Committee of the Union of Black Episcopalians and Committee on the State of the Church for The Episcopal Church, as well as board of the Living Stones Partnership.


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

Living into the Gospel Witness of Jesus the Christ:

  • How do we respond to a society that considers itself spiritual but not religious?
  • How can we be the good stewards of creation?
  • How can we be the reconciling community of God's love, as our Presiding Bishop calls us to be?

I think when we live our faith fully, by actions and example, we become the loving example of the Body of Christ in our communities. We can show our care for creation, our care for each other, is fully part of our faith tradition. That living witness is one important way to creating God's loving kin-dom here on earth.


Why are you running for this position?
When I served the Diocese of California as deputy in 2015, I served with the committee discussing the congregational life of the Church. I took the opportunity to tell our Diocesan story to the Church, of our youth group mission trips, of the food pantries, the vigils and visions of what our Beloved Community is. The people of God in our Diocese shared that story with me, which I shared with our brothers and sisters across the Church. I enjoyed serving with the Deputies to General Convention, and I hope to be blessed to serve the Diocese by serving as a Deputy to Convention again.

Nominated by Sheila Sims

 

 

Ruth Meyers

All Souls, Berkeley
Alameda Deanery

Interests:
Swimming: After swimming on my own for many years, this spring I joined a Master’s swim team, and I swim my first open-water competition in September. 
Ballet: I take ballet classes, and my spouse and I have season tickets to the San Francisco Ballet. 
Camping: Summer vacation usually includes time at a National Forest or National Park campground with my spouse, and often with children and grandchildren. I love to hike and explore new places. 
Reading: I’ve been a mystery buff since childhood, when I gobbled up the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.


Professional associations:

  • Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission
  • Episcopal Women’s Caucus
  • Episcopal Peace Fellowship
  • Integrity
  • North American Academy of Liturgy


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
ALL SOULS PARISH, BERKELEY

  • Assisting Priest
  • Adult Formation Committee member
  • Teach at least one series of classes each year
  • Immigration ministry, participating in monthly interfaith vigils at the West County Detention Center in Richmond.  

DIOCESE

  • Alternate Deputy, 2015 General Convention
  • Keynote speaker and workshop leader, Equipping the Beloved Community


Major activities beyond diocese:

  • Professor of Liturgics and Dean of Academic Affairs, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
  • Member, Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage 2016-2018
  • Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music: chair, 2010-2015; member 2008-2009; subcommittees since 1990
  • General Convention: Deputy 1994, (Western Michigan); 2006, 2009, 2012 (Chicago); Alternate Deputy 1997 (Western Michigan) and 2003 (Chicago)
  • Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Music Committee of General Convention: member, 1994; Secretary 2006, 2009; Chair of Blessings Subcommittee 2012; consultant 2015
  • Council of Associated Parishes of Liturgy and Mission
  • Chicago Consultation, co-founder and co-convener, 2007-2009


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Our world is hungry for the good news that we know in Jesus Christ, a message of abundant life and transformation. Following Christ means listening to the hungers and dreams of those around us, and responding by caring for those who are poor, or sick, or otherwise in need; working for justice and peace; welcoming the stranger; and learning to live in harmony with creation. To serve God faithfully, we need to grow as disciples steeped in Scripture and the stories of our faith. Our challenges as a church include:

  • Gathering vibrant communities of faith that are rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ.  
  • Forming disciples of Jesus who are growing in the knowledge, love, and service of God and so responding to the changing needs of our world.
  • Inviting and welcoming others to join us as followers of Christ.
  • Developing ministries and structures that support our participation in God’s mission in the world.


Why are you running for this position?
As a member of the 2015 Diocese of California deputation to General Convention, I found myself collaborating with a team of lay and clergy leaders who are passionate about the Gospel and the church. I was inspired by the way we worked together, and I’d like to continue to offer my gifts. I care deeply about the church and its ministry and mission. I’ve been a deputy or alternate deputy to seven General Conventions and bring my understanding of the governance of the Episcopal Church and the legislative process. I’ve been able to build effective coalitions at General Convention, particularly through my work as founder and co-convener of the Chicago Consultation, which came together to advance the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the church. My work as a seminary professor calls for me to be well informed about issues facing the Episcopal Church and enables me to hear a variety of perspectives. I value the opportunity at General Convention to listen for the Spirit at work in the midst of many voices and to discern with others how the Episcopal Church can best serve the world.


Nominated by Warren Wong

 

David Ota

St. Ambrose, Foster City
Peninsula Deanery

Interests:
* Development of congregational life * Race relations in society and in the church * Public policy in society and foreign affairs * Public Narrative and Preaching * Local sports: San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, College basketball * Walking * Conversations with friends * Family life

Professional associations:
*Anti-Racism Training for Trainers, "Seeing the Face of God in Each Other" led by the Rev. Jayne Oasin, Social Justice Officer for the Episcopal Church, February 2006 * Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry Network
 

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I have served in the following capacities in the diocese: * Rector, St. Ambrose, Foster City since 1997 * Member, Asian Commission since 1997 * General Convention Deputy, 2006, 2009, 2012 * Member of Standing Committee, 2009-2013 * President of Standing Committee, 2011 * Member of the Diocesan Nominating Committee, 2009 * Standing Committee's Member on the Grace Cathedral Board of Trustees, 2011 * Member of Congregational Development Committee, 2014 and 2015 * Member of Department of Missions, 2005-2008 

Major activities beyond diocese:
* Deputy member of the Joint Standing Committee of Program, Budget and Finance, 2012 General Convention * Deputy Co-Chair of Program of the Joint Standing Committee of Program, Budget and Finance, 2012 General Convention * Deputy Chair of the Committee on Evangelism, 2009 General Convention * Deputy member of the Committee on Evangelism, 2006 General Convention  * Province VIII Asian Ministry Network Coordinator, 2002-2004 * Clergy Deputy for the Diocese of Hawaii, 1988, 1991, 1994 * Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry Commissioner and Convener of the Japanese Convocation of EAM, 1985-1991

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
To reach new communities and the younger generations with the gospel imperative to love God and our neighbor in all of its diversity.   The Episcopal Church needs to reach beyond its traditional constituencies in service and seek to build relationships with new communities and younger generations.  This will require the Episcopal Church to reimagine how new ministries may be started, how new leaders with a diversity of ethnic and cultural backgrounds need to be called into ordained ministry, and how we as a denomination will choose to support these new efforts.   I believe our Presiding Bishop has it right when he says our focus needs to be on racial reconciliation and evangelism.  We have to learn to engage our neighbors by listening to their stories of God's call. We must make room in our congregations and dioceses for a diversity of voices so we can participate in what God is doing among us. The Episcopal Church has many gifts to offer in striving for the reign of God in our social order, and it will be the younger generations who already live into this reality who will show us the way forward. 

Why are you running for this position?
I have been inspired by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's articulation of the Jesus Movement and his emphasis on Racial Reconciliation and Evangelism. It is the kind of vision that I would happily seek to serve if I am given the privilege of being elected. As I have served as a General Convention Deputy six times before, I believe my experience can be helpful both to the deputation and to the General Convention.

Nominated by Sarah Lawton

 

Vanessa Stickler Glass

St. Francis of Assisi, Novato
Marin Deanery

Interests:
Spending time with friends and family, yoga, labyrinth, Ignatian spirituality, travel, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, reading, gardening, foraging

Professional associations:
Member, Episcopal Women's Caucus; Associate Member, Guild for Psychological Studies; Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator; Yoga Alliance, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training  


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:

  • Rector, St. Francis, Novato
  • Member, DioCal Commission on Ministry  
  • Member, Novato Ministerial Association 


Major activities beyond diocese:
Churchwide Ministries

  • CREDO Vocational Faculty Member (2011 – present)
  • Contributing author to Shared Governance: The Polity of the Episcopal Church

General Convention

  • Co-chair, DioCal Deputation to General Convention (2012, 2015)
  • Deputy to General Convention (2009, 2012, 2015)
  • Member, Special Legislative Committee on Marriage (2015)
  • Chair, Liturgy Subcommittee of the Special Legislative Committee on Marriage (2015)
  • Vice Chair, Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church (2012 – 2015)
  • Member, Church Pension Fund Legislative Committee (2012)
  • Member and Secretary, House of Deputies Study Committee on Church Governance and Polity (2009 – 2012) 


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

  • MISSION – form disciples of Jesus who act with love, justice, and compassion who seek to serve and transform local and global communities.  
  • RACIAL RECONCILIATION – identify systemic oppression, advocate for change, and seek liberation for all of God’s children.  
  • GUN VIOLENCE – seek regulation and bring an end to gun violence.  
  • PARITY – address issues of bias against clergywomen, clergy of color, and LGBTQ clergy to recognize the dignity of all people. 


Why are you running for this position?
I have an affinity for the legislative process and thrive at General Convention! DioCal’s deputation is highly collaborative and well regarded throughout the Church. At the last General Convention all eight DioCal deputies were appointed to serve on legislative committees. I was appointed to the Special Legislative Committee on Marriage and chaired the Deputy Subcommittee on Liturgy. We were assigned the resolution written by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music that provided marriage equality for all. One of the highlights was being in the Marriage Legislative Committee meeting when the news broke that the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage. There was so much joy in the room! While the legislative process may seem tedious for some I find it energizing knowing that the resolutions we craft, shepherd and vote for touch and transform the lives and communities for the people we serve. I would love to continue serving DioCal as a deputy to the 79th General Convention.


Nominated by Phil Brochard

 

Mauricio Wilson

St. Paul’s, Oakland
Alameda Deanery

Interests:
Church governance, liturgy, accounting

Professional associations:


Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:


Major activities beyond diocese:

  • Commissioner of the Citizen’s Police Review Board
  • Board of Directors Clausen House
  • Board of Trustees St. Paul’s Episcopal School


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
In my opinion the church and world are facing the need for deep engagement in significant daily life issues that affect all God's creators in a way that doesn't simply address local momentary emotions and concerns, but rather in a global and eternal perspective. Issues such as hunger, homelessness, gun and domestic violence, and even the deep divisions in faith communities are significant reflections of the way in which our relationships and institutions have shifted toward individuality and away from the needs of concerns of the global community.

Why are you running for this position?
General Convention offers the opportunity for a wide ranging group of representatives of our Episcopal communities within and beyond the United States to engage in conversations on issues that affect us as members of this portion of Christ 's Church but also on those many other issues that affect all God's creator's. I look forward to representing the people of the Diocese of California as we undertake the very important endeavor of making our church welcoming place for all and the world a better place for future generations.


Nominated by Carolyn Bolton

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