Standing Committee



The Standing Committee of the Diocese of California consists of four lay members and four clergy members of the diocese elected by the annual Diocesan Convention and authorized by the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church. Each year one new lay and one new clergy member are elected to replace retiring members. The Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of California specify membership, duties, and authority of the Standing Committee. One of the Standing Committee’s major responsibilities is to serve as the Bishop’s Council of Advice; the Canons also give the Committee broad responsibilities for oversight of diocesan affairs.

In addition to advising the bishop, the Standing Committee has responsibilities involving such varied matters as the disposition of property, the election and consecration of bishops, ecclesiastical discipline as defined in Title IV, and the approval of candidates for ordained ministry. Furthermore, the Standing Committee oversees the processes of diocesan governance and the nominations process for elected diocesan positions. Contact information for each member follows below.

The Standing Committee begins each meeting with prayer, and asks members of the diocese to pray for Standing Committee, its work, and ministry.

For the Diocese (BCP p. 817)
O God, by your grace you have called us in this diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishop Marc, and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Meeting Dates

The Standing Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the Chapter Room of Grace Cathedral. If you wish to make a presentation at or attend a Standing Committee meeting, please contact the vice president of the Standing Committee in advance to verify meeting place and time. The Standing Committee does not meet in August and meets off site on retreat in November.
January 4
February 6
March 6
April 3
May 1
June 5
July 3
August-no meeting
September 4
October 2
November 9 & 10 -off site at St. Dorothy's Rest for SC Retreat
December 4 


Standing Committee 2017–2018


President: Mr. Andrew K. Lee,
Vice President: the Rev. Mark A. Spaulding,
Secretary: Mr. Jim DeMersman,

The Rev. Michael Arase-Barham
Clergy Order, Class of 2020
Good Shepherd, Belmont, and Holy Family, Half Moon Bay

Mr. Jim DeMersman

Lay Order, Class of 2018
Holy Cross, Castro Valley

Mr. Andrew Lee

Lay Order, Class of 2019
Christ Church, Sausalito

The Rev. Jill Honodel
Clergy Order, Class of 2019
St. George’s, Antioch, and St. Alban’s, Brentwood

Ms. Dorothy Randall-Tsuruta, PhD
Lay Order, Class of 2020
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

The Rev. Mark A. Spaulding
Vice President

Clergy Order, Class of 2018
Holy Cross, Castro Valley

The Rev. Pam Jester
Clergy Order, Class of 2021
All Saints, San Leandro

Albe Larsen
Lay Order, Class of 2021
St. Matthew’s, San Mateo