Committee on Nominations

About the Committee

The Committee on Nominations coordinates the nominations to Diocesan Convention. The Nominating Committee proposes candidates to serve as deputies at the General Convention as well as to serve on diocesan bodies such as the Standing Committee and Executive Council. We try to ensure the slate of candidates for these positions reflects the demographic composition of our diocese and the Bay Area. Our work also is designed to make sure we don't have any vacancies for positions that must be filled by the Diocesan Convention — or ones that are filled by people who don't know what they are getting into. Candidates can still be nominated from the floor on the day of the Convention, but those advanced by the Committee will have had their names and information out for review for several weeks by then. The Nominating Committee usually meets in person for our first session and until we are done we meet by phone every other week (or so). Members are appointed from the deaneries; current members of the committee are listed below and on the Deaneries page

Committee Co-chairs Diane FitzGibbon,

Committee Members and their deaneries:

Helen Sause, Alameda
Harlan Van Wye, Contra Costa
Rev. Walter Ramsey, Contra Costa
Dave Frangquist, Ex Officio
Rev. Br. Richard Helmer, Ex Officio (advisor)
Warren Wong, Ex Officio
Ruth Baney, Marin
Jon Harvey, Peninsula
Diane FitzGibbon, Peninsula (Chair)
Rev. Hannah Cornthwaite, San Francisco
Birgit Eschmann, San Francisco
Andrew K. Lee, Ex Officio, Standing Committee

2019 Information and Deadlines


  • All Nomination forms must be completed online by 5 p.m. July 31, 2019
  • All biographies and a photo for publication in the online convention booklet must be submitted by 5 p.m. Aug. 31, 2019

Please note: We've set a word limit for bios. It is intended to keep the convention booklet readable as well as to create a fair forum for all. If you exceed the word limit and we have time before the deadline, we will return it to you for editing. If we don't have time or you don't reply by the deadline, we may have to may cut your text at the word limit or suggest you be nominated from the floor.

Requirements for service

You must be an active member of an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California. If elected, to serve you must have:

  • Completed and/or be current in the anti-racism training offered by the Diocese of California.
  • Completed and/or be current in the Safe Church training offered by the Diocese

Positions to fill

Standing Committee 
  • Lay and clergy member (elect one from each order)
  • Term begins at end of Convention (please note requirements for service)
Executive Council
  • Two members who will be Conventions Reps.  The rule is that at least one of the two must be lay; so we will either be electing 2 lay members or 1 lay and 1 clergy.
  • Term begins January 1, 2019 (please note requirements for service)
Treasurer of the diocese (lay or clergy order)
Secretary of the Convention (lay or clergy order)

Important Links

  • Job Descriptions and deadlines - to come
  • All nominating forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. July 31, 2019. Nominations through the Committee on Nominations are closed but individuals may be nominated from the floor during the convention. 
  • All biographical information must be submitted by 5 p.m. August 31, 2019.

As provided by our canons, nominations may be made on the floor of the convention.