The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Elections

Nominations for those standing for election at the 232nd Annual Convention have closed. We will be electing for positions on the Standing Committee, Provincial Synod, and for the Deputation to General Convention. In addition, we will be electing nine members of the Mission Council from the Ministry Networks. The Mission Council Nominee Bios can be found on a separate page.

For the first time, we will be using an electronic voting system for our elections at Annual Convention. Please watch the video for an introduction to this new system. The ballot will open at 8am on Saturday and close at 4pm on Saturday. You can access the ballot at ecct.simplyvoting.com.

Standing Committee | Lay Order

We elected three positions to the Standing Committee in the Lay Order, two for three-year terms, and one for a one-year term.

Joseph Carroll - Three Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
Camp Washington Board Member.
Standing Committee-current member.
Sub Deacon St. Luke's New Haven.

Community Involvement
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eta Alpha Lambda chapter-Parliamentarian.

Personal Statement
I wish to continue my work on the Standing Committee.

Danielle Gaherty - One Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
I learned much from my previous participation on of the former, BDEC, Standing Committee, the former Executive Council of ECCT. Then found a clearer light in the restructuring process in place in Connecticut through serving on the Faith and Order Committee that updated and rewrote the Constitution and Canons for the Diocese of Connecticut, followed by the phases of TREC (The Reimagining of the Episcopal Church as we asked and prayed and sought where we might find our direction and Mission in a world that seemed to be changing and we needed to respond to that change by evolving ourselves.

Community Involvement
Most of my local community work has been through Trinity Lime Rock. I have been very active at different times with our Concert and Music Series, our ECW work and extensive Art Show programs that have extended our Parish well beyond our walls. As a sometime Worship Leader for the Pine Grove local summer community, I was able to participate in getting the Trinity Backpack Program transplanted to them as a new ministry for them.
In addition, I have worked personally with a homeless man in Great Barrington, but without much success.

Personal Statement
I moved to the Berkshires in 1999 and shortly found a place to continue my life as an Episcopalian at Trinity Lime Rock. Then God quite literally led me to participation at the Diocesan level. Here I learned to see the Episcopal life from a more global perspective. I learned through showing up and working on the various committees including the Standing Committee how much more I/we need to find different directions for our energy and faith. We have been blessed with so much in ECCT and we are in the process of finding a true, deep, personal and community mission to serve God's children everywhere we meet them. Last year, it was discovered that I had genetically inherited cancer. The time since has been a healing one and a time to reflect on what I want from the rest of my life. I want life and I want God and I want to work toward sharing the gifts I have been given along with any others along the way.

A. Bates Lyons - Three Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
I'm presently the Secretary of the Standing Committee. I was Chair of the Diocese Budget & Program Committee. I'm also a member of the Diocese Finance Committee. I was a member of the TREC Committee.

Community Involvement
I Chair the St Monica Church Finance Committee, was a past member of the Vestry. I'm a member of the Torrington Democratic Committee and involved in my fraternal organization.

Personal Statement
I would like to continue my service to the ECCT.

 

Standing Committee | Clerical Order

We elected two positions to the Standing Committee in the Clerical Order for three-year terms.

Margaret Hodgkins - Three Year Term

Present involvement in ECCT
Rector of Trinity Church, Southport since 2015; Title IV Advisor; Priesthood Mentor Group

Community Involvement
Fairfield Rotary Club, Fairfield Clergy Association

Personal Statement
Working with other leaders to build Christian community on both the ground level and tje executive level is my passion. I offer 20+ years of ordained ministry in NJ and CT with focus on raising up young leaders, stewardship/planned giving, networking, visioning, urban & suburban service. I am new to ECCT and want to get more involved with our diocese and contribute my gifts to our mission & support our bishops.

 

 

Peter Thompson - Three Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
Assistant Rector, St. Paul's on the Green, Norwalk; Southwest Region Convocation Planning Team; Southwest Region Missionary Recruitment Team; Southwest Region Discernment Leader

Community Involvement
Leader of Trinity Mission Project, Norwalk; Norwalk Clergy Association; Choral Singer (former member of Trinity Wall Street's Downtown Voices and the Yale Camerata)

Personal Statement
I spent two years as seminarian of St. Paul's on the Green, Norwalk while a student at Yale Divinity School before beginning my time as Assistant Rector here in June 2015. After several years of focusing my time solely on local leadership within the parish, I became involved at the regional level over the past few months through my service to the Southwest Region Convocation Planning Team and now the Southwest Region Missionary Recruitment Team. I will soon undergo training with Molly James to be the clergy discernment leader for the Southwest Region.

I would now like to extend my involvement beyond the region level to the diocesan level. Serving on the Standing Committee would give me a perspective on the work of the larger Church that would be helpful to my development as a young priest and emerging leader within the Church. At the same time, I hope that, as a young person who has been involved with the Church in a variety of roles, geographic regions and ministry contexts, I can contribute a broad outlook and a diverse set of knowledge and skills to the Standing Committee as ECCT seeks to faithfully foster God's mission in a twenty-first century world.

Provincial Synod | Lay Order

We elected one position to serve as a delegate to the Provincial Synod.

Barbara Casey - Three Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
Barbara Casey is a senior consultant with the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. She has served as a transition consultant and Priest In Charge consultant numerous times. Barbara has many years of experience facilitating and coaching individuals and teams of clergy and laity. This experience is grounded in discerning and strengthening God’s mission in our parish communities. In addition, she leads parish retreats, vestry development sessions, and other related parish work.

Barbara’s lay career was in the management of nonprofit hospitals and health care services with an emphasis on family work. Formally trained in Appreciative Inquiry, a coaching technique which focuses on what works in our relationships with each other, Barbara’s perspective is one of community building and positive outcomes for all. She is also trained in the Lombard Mennonite Conflict Management practice and has considerable training in coaching and team development.

Barbara and her husband, Ron, are residents of Guilford and active members of Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven. They have two grown sons and 6 grandchildren. She serves as chair of the Trinity Finance Committee and is on the vestry as well. When she is not working, she enjoys volunteering in a women’s prison in CT and in Guilford, traveling, knitting and working in the garden.

Community Involvement
Barbara chairs the Guilford High school Building Committee which has built a new high school in 5 years on time and under budget. She is a mentor in the elementary schools in Guilford as well as a leader in teaching classes and gardening skills to women inmates at York Correctional Center in Niantic.

Personal Statement
It is with grace and humility that I would like to serve fellow church members in this role.

Provincial Synod | Clerical Order

We elected one position to serve as a delegate to the Provincial Synod.

Rebekah Hatch - Three Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
In November 2015, I became Rector of St. Alban's in Simsbury. As a clergy person new to ECCT, I've spent the last year getting to know new colleagues and building new relationships. I serve as a mentor for folks moving through the ordination process; I participate in Fresh Start; and I serve as a Transition Consultant.

Community Involvement
As a parent of two children, my community involvement is centered around our school community; and sharing a laugh with my local Starbucks barista.

Personal Statement
The opportunity to engage with the wider church through service on the Provincial Synod excites me. The Province’s mission is to "further the work of and deepen relationships in The Episcopal Church in New England", and I look forward to bringing energy and a spirit of collaboration to that work.

General Convention | Lay Order

We elected four positions in the lay order to serve as deputies (as well as four alternates) to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, scheduled for July 5-13, 2018 in Austin, TX.

Suzy Burke - First Deputy

Present Involvement in ECCT
ECCT:

• Board Chair, Camp Washington/Our Place in Morris
• Chair, Camp Washington Strategic Planning Committee
• Bishops’ Fund for Children Transition Team member
• Mission Council member (lay member from the Southeast Region)
• Member of Real Life: The Courage of Faith team, a Living in the Green initiative
• Former Diocesan delegate as well as a member of the TREC 2.0 team, Southeast Region Convocation Planning Team, BDEC, Executive Council and the Middlesex Deanery

At St. John’s, Essex, I am:
• A member of Legacy Society committee
• Co-chair of the Eucharistic Visitor team
• An active participant in a variety of parish activities (Eucharistic visits, Pastoral visits, book discussion groups, Rummage Sale volunteer, Sunday morning hospitality host . . . )
• Prior roles as Vestry member and EMC canvasser"

Community Involvement
• Ivoryton Playhouse board member
• Chair, Ivoryton Playhouse Capital/Endowment Campaign
• Prior service as Ivoryton Playhouse board chair, Essex Land Trust membership chair, Dog Days Adoption Events board, Essex Historical Society event organizer

Personal Statement
The Episcopal Church is in the midst of an exciting and challenging transformation, and I feel a deep call to stand shoulder to shoulder with other delegates and continue to reimagine the Church we love in new and meaningful ways. God has blessed my life in innumerable ways, and I believe I can make a significant contribution to the conversation about how we best move forward into an uncertain future by drawing on:

• My deep faith and my passion for sharing God’s enduring love for the world
• My broad experience as a lay leader, business executive, consultant and change agent
• My training as a Ph.D in Organizational Psychology

Specifically, my work with the Camp Washington board, the TREC 2.0 team and the Mission Council has blessed me with the experience and tools to make a meaningful contribution as TEC thinks about new and exciting ways to shape the governance and structure of our Church so we can share God’s love ever and ever more widely and well. I feel very privileged to serve in a leadership role in ECCT today, and I would be incredibly honored to be a member of ECCT’s Deputation to the next General Convention.

A. Bates Lyons - Second Deputy

Present involvement in ECCT
I am presently the Secretary of the Standing Committee. I'm a member of the ECCT Finance Committee. I'm Chair of the St Monica Church Finance Committee. I was a member of the TREC Committee.

Community Involvement
I'm a member of the Torrington Democratic Town Committee, and involved in my Fraternal organization.

Personal Statement
I wish to continue my service to ECCT.

 

Allison Huggins - Third Deputy

Present Involvement in ECCT
Currently, I am the Digital Communications Associate for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, as a staff member at the Commons. I write and edit the weekly eNewsletter, monthly clergy eNewsletter, contribute to our social media presence, and assist with maintaining the website. I am a member of the Young Adult Ministry Network and the Digital Ministry Network.

Community Involvement
In my community of New Haven, I have worked with the local Arts and Ideas Festival, volunteered at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, and currently serve as an active alumna of Yale Divinity School.

Personal Statement
As a millennial lay woman, I am interested in how the church is received by and extending towards the younger generation that exists beyond the church doors. I have a passion for integrating social media and online communications with the church, as well as re-imagining new ways to serve as members of the church and to proclaim the Gospel. I would be honored to represent the Episcopal Church in Connecticut at the 2018 General Convention.

Don Burr - Fourth Deputy

Present Involvement in ECCT
Upon the conclusion of the 232nd ECCT Convention, I will complete a term as First Alternate Lay Deputy to the 78th General Convention. I was part of the planning team for the first ECCT Southwest Convocation earlier this year. I coordinate the sharing of the “Whatsoever You Do” sculpture throughout ECCT and Province I, in an effort to raise awareness of those without adequate nutrition or housing. Through this ministry, over a three year span, some thirty parishes have been able to share the sculpture message with their wider communities. In January of 2017, I will conclude my time as Senior/Co-Warden of Christ Church, East Norwalk; and will re-join my fellow postulant classmates, as part of the McSparren-Lee School for Deacons.

Community Involvement
I am in my 21st year serving students of the Norwalk Public Schools. I recently completed five years of coordinating the Hungry Soul Breakfast; a monthly hot breakfast at the Open Door Shelter of Norwalk—prepared by the people of Christ Church, East Norwalk. I serve as part of the School Governance Council for Brookside Elementary School. I represent the State of Connecticut as a Justice of the Peace.

Personal Statement
As part of the 78th General Convention, I was reminded (once again) of our common Episcopal life. I will bring my parish, ECCT, career, and community experience to the 79th General Convention dialogue, as one who actively seeks to encourage and empower others to live their baptism as they address the needs and concerns of a hurting world.

Elizabeth "Liza" Anderson - First Alternate

Present Involvement in ECCT
General Convention Deputy (2012, 2015)
Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music
General Board of Examining Chaplains
Annand Mentor, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale

Community Involvement
Board Member of the North American Academy of Ecumenists
Director of Young Adult Programming for Religions for Peace USA
Young Adult Committee of the North American Interfaith Network

Personal Statement
I am a young academic theologian who is passionate about lay ministry, church governance, historical theology, and spiritual formation for both lay and ordained Christians.

I have previously served as a lay deputy from Connecticut and on the Episcopal Church's Executive Council. I am currently on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and the General Board of Examining Chaplains.

I recently completed a PhD at Yale University in historical theology, and for the current academic year I am dividing my time between Connecticut and Massachusetts while I teach church history at Episcopal Divinity School and continue to mentor students and lead group spiritual direction at Yale Divinity School.

Between my own graduation and the current changes and transitions at Episcopal Divinity School, I should note in the interest of transparency that I currently have no idea whether I will still be in Connecticut in 2018 or not! However, it is my hope to be, and I offering myself for this ministry in that spirit of hopefulness, even in the midst of what the Book of Common Prayer calls "the changes and chances of this life." If I can offer a helpful perspective to the mixture of gifts and personalities on the deputation, then I would be very happy to continue to serve in this role.

Thom Peters - Second Alternate

Present involvement in ECCT
Deputy to General Convention, Task Force to Study Provinces, Postulant, Standing Committee 2008-2013

Community Involvement
High School teacher: History, Political Science and Philosophy, Cheshire Land Trust

Personal Statement
I was very excited to serve as a Deputy to General Convention in 2015 at Salt Lake City. In addition to electing a new Presiding Bishop, the Episcopal Church took on several initiatives to begin reorganizing in ways to better fulfill our role as people helping God's mission. As part of that restructuring, I was assigned to work on the Task Force to Study Provinces. Our group will be presenting recommendations to the next General Convention for consideration, the result of a great deal of research and discussion. I am hoping to continue to be able to be a part of that work, as well as lending my discernment and voice to the issues of worship, inclusion, and social justice.

Shirley Wick - Third Alternate

Current Involvement in ECCT
At the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, I served as an Alternate Deputy and as a Legislative Aide to the Committee on Governance and Structure. As a member of the Mission Council and former Executive Council of ECCT, I have been directly involved in the restructuring process that is now in place in Connecticut. First serving on the Faith and Order Committee that updated and rewrote the Constitution and Canons for the Diocese of Connecticut, followed by the TREC (The Reimagining of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut) series of committees, I also serve on Planning and Budget. A former Delegate from the Seabury Deanery to the ECCT Conventions while a Vestry member at Calvary Church-Stonington, I come from a strong parish base in a collaborative regional group of parishes. As an Executive Council member of the Episcopal Church at Yale (ECY), I have developed a new interest in exploring possibilities for other campus ministries in ECCT.

Community Involvement
Beyond the walls of the church, our music programs provide educational opportunities to the community transcending barriers of ethnicity, economic status and denomination. I am a longtime supporter of music and education. I participate in several local and national conservation organizations. With a love for the ocean and outdoors, I serve as a Pilot at the Mystic Seaport and as a volunteer for local and national sailing events as well as youth sports.

Personal Statement
The transformation of our greater church is a work in progress, and I would like to continue being part of this evolutionary process. Connecticut has taken a leadership role in finding a path toward rational change, and it is a responsibility as well as an honor to continue this work. Coming from a family with several clergy, I greatly value our Anglican traditions. At the same time, it is important to be open and to address global issues related to our changing demographics.

Albert "Ted" Mollegen, Jr. - Fourth Alternate

Present Involvement in ECCT
Deputy to General Convention 1991-present; member of Diocesan Convention

Community Involvement
Regular voter
Regular blood donor

Personal Statement
I am very experienced in this position: 9 General Conventions. I enjoy participating in the Conventions, and as a designated Senior Deputy, I am able to to help those who are less experienced.

General Convention | Clerical Order

We elected four positions in the clerical order to serve as deputies (as well as four alternates) to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, scheduled for July 5-13, 2018 in Austin, TX.

Molly James - First Deputy

Current involvement in ECCT
ECCT Staff, Dean of Formation; Associate Priest, Christ Church Cathedral & Grace Church, Hartford; Diocesan Disaster Response Coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development; Guest Preacher and Forum leader around ECCT

Community Involvement
Adjunct Professor, University of St. Joseph; Partner in Response, Episcopal Relief and Development; Board Member, Society of Scholar Priests; Board Member, Final Acts Project, Co-Chair, The Young Clergy Women Project; Parent Volunteer, Morley Elementary School; Corporator, Hartford Seminary

Personal Statement
I had the privilege of serving on the Connecticut Deputation to the 2015 General Convention. It was a joy to be a part of the wider governance of The Episcopal Church. At General Convention, I served as the Assistant Secretary of the Legislative Committee on Governance and Structure. I loved being a part of the leadership team of this Committee and having the opportunity to help the Convention consider what structures are best suited to enable us to more fully participate in God's mission in the world. I currently serve as Secretary for the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons. The work of restructuring The Episcopal Church is happening at the local and the church wide level. It has been exciting to bring much of what we are doing and learning here in Connecticut to the conversation of the wider church. I want to continue to share my gifts of leadership and administration; and equally, to bring the fruits of our wonderful work here in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut to the governance of the whole Episcopal Church. I feel as though my general skill set and the particular role I have been graced to play thus far is just a beginning. I would be humbled and honored to continue this work as a member of the Connecticut Deputation to the 2018 General Convention.

Tracy Johnson Russell - Second Deputy

Current Involvement in ECCT
Standing Committee 2014-Present, Executive Council 2003-2013, Clergy Conference Planning Team, Bishops' Fund for Children 2004-2014/Transition Team 2015-Present, Regional Missionary Recruitment Team, Companions in Mission Committee, North Central Regional Convocation Planning Team, United Thank Offering Committee

Community Involvement
Your Place Youth Center (New Haven), Co-Founder and Executive Director; Your Place Hartford, Founder and Executive Director, Instructor in Supervised Ministry Office (YDS), Faith-Based Initiative Hartford, Healthcare Advocacy, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc (District and National Chaplain), Theta Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Personal Statement
I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve in a variety of capacities in the life of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and witness first hand the dynamics of change, the faithfulness that moving through the uncertain times requires, while embracing and fear, the joy,and engaging in "bridge-building" that are part of the journey. I am also keenly aware that the life of the larger Episcopal Church is experiencing the same reality. The experience that I have gained here has prepared me to be a rep. to General Convention. If elected, I will serve with compassion, integrity, and faithfulness.

Linda Spiers - Third Deputy

Present Involvement in ECCT
Rector of Trinity, Collinsville; Title IV Disciplinary Board Member; Deputy to 78th General Convention; Priest-in-Charge Consultant; Holy Landers Ministry Network; Christian Formation Ministry Network; North Central Region Convocation Planning Team; North Central Region Leadership Team; Mentor for Candidate for Holy Orders who is now ordained

Community Involvement
Focus on Canton Member; Canton Housing Authority Board Member; Canton Juvenile Review Board Alternate; Canton Connections' Board Member; Society for the Increase of Ministry Board Member; Heads Up! Hartford Board Member; Heads Up! Hartford Operations Committee

Personal Statement
As a nearly cradle Episcopalian, I have had a passion for our church throughout the years. I have had the opportunity to serve as deputy and chair of Connecticut's deputation for the past two General Conventions and was appointed to serve on the Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Committee during the 2015 General Convention. My prior years of leadership on the Standing Committee, on the Commission on Ministry's Committee II, and in various ministries gave me a solid foundation for serving as a deputy. The work of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut has broken new ground, and I am excited as we grow to a new way of being God's people. Serving as a deputy has been an honor and has enlarged my own ministry as parish priest. I continue to learn and witness how church must be done differently and must be relevant in our time. Working toward that difference locally, in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and in the wider Episcopal Church is vital. I want to offer my gifts of leadership, compassionate listening, knowledge of our church, and openness to change. I feel called to continue offering these gifts and would be honored to serve again as deputy to General Convention.

Amy Welin - Fourth Deputy

Current Involvement in ECCT
I am the Interim Rector of St. Paul's in Fairfield, and currently serve on the Standing Committee and the Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral. I work as a member of the Pray First initiative in Connecticut and as a board member of the Episcopal Clergy Association.

Community Involvement
I serve on the design team for Nuevo Amanecer, an Episcopal Church conference which supports the Latino/Hispanic community. Locally I am a member of the Fairfield Clergy Association and join parishioners in their work with The Connection in Bridgeport.

Personal Statement
I would like to serve as a deputy for the General Convention because I am a committed member of the Episcopal Church who keeps the big picture in mind and who longs to bring our wide and diverse community to a deeper participation in the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.

Carlos de la Torre - First Alternate

Current Involvement in ECCT
ECCT Missional Curate; Missional Curate to Saint Hilda's House; Priest affiliate, Christ Church, New Haven; Annual Convention Planning Team; Commission on Ministry; ECCT Southwest Region; Young Adult Ministry Network; Spanish Speaking Clergy Discernment Process; Trinity Mission Project, Norwalk, CT

Community Involvement
Young Adult Project Coordinator, Triangle Community Center -- a LGBTQ center in Norwalk; Community Partner, Connecticut Students for a Dream; Volunteer, Neighbors Link Stamford

Personal Statement
I have been fortunate enough to attend the last two General Conventions as a participant of the young adult festival. Seven years after my first General Convention, I more than ever value the hard work and commitment of the deputies, bishops, and all who make General Convention possible.

I now feel moved to attend next General Convention as a clergy deputy for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

It is an equally exciting and challenging time in the life of the Episcopal Church, and I truly feel called to be part of the conversation as we collectively discuss the polity, future, and structure of our Church. As a young clergy person, I hope to see our Church imagine itself anew, not abandoning its beautiful traditions, but seeking to serve the Kingdom of God in new and creative ways.

As a clergy deputy to General Convention, I hope to offer a voice that is not often heard in the gatherings of our Church. As a deputy, I hope to faithfully serve not only the Episcopal Church in Connecticut but the entire Episcopal Church.

Sandra Cosman - Second Alternate

Current Involvement in ECCT
Secretary of the Diocese and the ECCT Mission Council; Priest in Charge at Saint John’s – The Episcopal Church in Pine Meadow, CT; Priest in Charge Consultant; Transition Consultant; Rhythms of Grace Leader; Board Member of the Connecticut Clergy Association; Stewardship Speaker.

Community Involvement
New Hartford Neighbor to Neighbor Board Member; Northwest Women Clergy Group (Ecumenical); Ellington High School Parent Advisory Board; Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross Discerner.

Personal Statement
Having the privilege of serving participating in God’s Mission with parishes in New Hartford, East Windsor, Bolton, East Hartford, Torrington, Hartford, Willimantic, Vernon, Plainville and New Britain, I have an appreciation of the variety and diversity of ways that God is at work in our communities. Previously, as a member of the Standing Committee, Executive Council, as representative to Provincial Synod, as staff member of the TREC-CT 2.0 and 3.0 teams, and Title IV Conciliator, I have found ways to envision the future of our Church. I find great joy in serving God and God’s Church and carry with me an appreciation of our rich heritage and a deep desire to engage in innovative and creative ways to share God’s love.

Jonathan Folts - Third Alternate

Present Involvement in ECCT
Present: Cathedral Chapter, Mentor Past: PRAY FIRST, Executive Committee (6+ years), Convocational Dean, PIC Consultant, Suffragan Bishop Search Committee

Community Involvement
Fire Department Chaplain and Emergency Medical Responder for Essex Fire Department; Board of Trustees member for Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Food Pantries, Inc.; Member of Valley Shore Interfaith Ministry Alliance

Personal Statement
Having been ordained for twenty years, I've had the opportunities to serve God alongside others on both the parochial and diocesan levels. Bringing with me my missional church background and passion, I am exploring God's invitation to serve with others on the National Church level to further the conversation and implement the next actions of re-imagining the Episcopal Church.

Paul Carling - Fourth Alternate

Current Involvement in ECCT
I currently serve as the Chaplain of the Episcopal Church at Yale (ECY), and as Interim Rector at Trinity Epsicopal Church in Trumbull. I am a mentor and spiritual director to a number of seminarians and recently ordained priests and deacons. As such, I am a member of several ECCT learning communities: Mentors, Priests in Charge, and Campus Ministers. I am a member of ECCT Holy Landers, a group committed to engaging Episcopalians in the Holy Land. I am working with the Young Adult Mission Network to integrate the need and concerns of college age students into their activities. At Yale, I am engaged with multiple faith communities and other groups to advance environmental justice, to tend gun violence and to work on other aspects of social justice. We are also working with parishes throughout the Southwest and South Central Regions to engage high school students and other young adults in the work of ECY. Other activities include: co-facilitating the Bridgeport Mission Leadership Team, a year-long effort to encourage Bridgeport churches to work together on common mission; facilitating (with Harlon Dalton) the Title III Commission, which re-designed the priestly ordination process, and serving on the Commission on Ministry.

Community Involvement
Throughout my life, and more specifically my priestly ministry, regardless of settings, I have stayed deeply involved in local communities, especially impoverished communities in Norwalk, Stamford, Bridgeport and New Haven. Examples include serving for 10 years on the board of the St. John's Family Center, a service and advocacy group in Bridgeport, and collaborating with Person to Person (Darien), St. Luke's LifeWorks (Stamford), Operation Hope (Fairfield) and Habitat for Humanity (Bridgeport and Stamford), the Homeless Census in Bridgeport, which counts and assesses needs annually, Connections, Inc., Covenant to Care, Chapel on the Green, and St. Hilda's House.

Personal Statement
While I have been very active at the diocesan level in Vermont and Connecticut, serving as Convention delegate, offering resolutions, and making presentations, last year I felt called to engage even more deeply in the life of the church by being nominated as Deputy for the General Convention in Salt Lake City. After my election, I was invited by the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies, because o my background, to serve on a special Commission on Alcohol and Other Substances, formed in the wake of the tragedy in Baltimore, in which an impaired Suffragan Bishop killed a bicyclist. This was a very high visibility group, in which national reporters attended each session, and taught me a huge amount about the functioning of General Convention. We also produced landmark legislation that promotes recovery and sets new standards for the church. The historic meeting in Salt Lake City also elected Michael Curry, and celebrated the Supreme Court decision on same - sex marriage. General Convention is exhausting and, especially for a new Deputy overwhelming. It definitely takes more than one convention to become truly effective. I found it used my entire range of personal skills as a developmental and clinical psychologist, a life long advocate for anti-racism, anti-sexism and health care reform, and others. I would feel deeply privileged to be elected for a second opportunity to serve as a Deputy.

Mission Council

We elected nine positions for the ministry network members of Mission Council to staggered terms of 1, 2, and 3 years (three positions per term) from a slate of eighteen names put forth by the bishops.

Valarie Stanley | Human Trafficking Ministry Network - One Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
I currently serve on the Vestry of St. Luke's in New Haven and also serve as their HR person. I am a lay reader, an active ECW member, and am President of St. Luke's Network Guild. Through the St. Luke's Development Corporation, I serve as Vice-President of the Josephine Jarvis Gray Senior Housing. I am also a member of the Short Distance Pilgrimage group of the ECNH (Episcopal Church of New Haven). I am a member of the ECCT Human Trafficking Mission.

Community Involvement
Currently all my time and energy is spent doing work for my Church. However, my passion to address human trafficking flows outside the bounds of the Church. My goal is to engage not only my own parish, but the other New Haven parishes and whoever else wants to be involved in this effort. The boys and girls being trafficked through our State need someone to help them. I recognize I have limitations, but this is where I'd like to start.

Personal Statement
I was born and raised Roman Catholic, but converted to Episcopalian about 10 years ago. I am totally dedicated to ECCT and to my parish home of St. Luke's. I am honored to have been nominated to serve on the Mission Council. Since hearing about the issue (problem) of human trafficking in Connecticut, I've become very passionate about it. I am determined to do whatever I can to alleviate this problem. I am a dedicated, collaborative, and loyal person. I have dedicated my life and career to the service of others doing whatever I can to assure that everyone is afforded all the rights and privileges they deserve. Some have said to a fault as I always put others before myself. Perhaps that is true, but it is who I am. It would be my great honor and pleasure to serve my faith community in the capacity of a member of the newly formed Mission Council!

Peter Bushnell | Social Justice & Advocacy Ministry Network - One Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
Chair, Social Justice & Advocacy Ministry Network; Member, Northeast Connecticut Mission Region Planning Group.

Community Involvement
Chair, Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center;
Board Member, Educational Resources for Children, Enfield;
Board President, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, New Haven;
Lead parish support for: Enfield Loaves & Fishes, Enfield Food Shelf, Network Against Domestic Abuse Shelter in Enfield, ERfC Holiday Store

Personal Statement
In 40+ years of ordained ministry, I have always led parish involvement in local and statewide ministry, almost always in multiple church collaboration, believing that this is the basic element of the call of our Lord Jesus to the Church to be part of God's mission.

Dana Campbell | Spanish Language Ministry Network - Three Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
I serve as Convener for the Hispanic Ministry Network, and as Priest in Charge at Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown.

Community Involvement
Board Member of St. Luke's Community Services and Co-chair of the Showers for the Homeless Project in Middletown. Member of the Business Chamber of Commerce in Middletown.

Personal Statement
Using the collaborative model of a Ministry Network before we had Ministry Networks in CT, the group of clergy and lay leaders involved in Hispanic Ministry in our diocese in which I have participated for many years and of which I have been Convener for the past five years has been on the cutting edge of how we "do church" beyond parochial constraints. Six years ago we discarded competition for scarce resources in our ministries and chose instead to work together in God's Mission. We have lived since then in mutual accountability and support. We have interacted with Lutherans and with The Episcopal Church, as well as encouraging other local collaborations by our member worshipping communities. I feel that I have learned a lot in the course of our transformation into a Ministry Network and can be of help and insight in work on the Mission Council as we continue to discern a new way forward.

Greg Welin | Pray First Ministry Network - Three Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
I am currently the Priest in Charge at St. Paul's in Woodbury, Connecticut. I am part of the Pray First ministry network, and I currently chair the Clergy Conference Planning Team. I recently served on the Standing Committee. I have served for many years as a Transition Consultant and as a Title IV advisor in the disciplinary process.

Community Involvement
I am an active member of the local clergy association for Woodbury as well as the Southbury-Woodbury Interfaith Ministry, which has a focus on food insecurity in the region. I have been supporting our local refugee resettlement program called New Start Ministries.

Personal Statement
I am a life-long Episcopalian from Connecticut. I have been very pleased to see positive movement towards discovering God's mission in our congregations and in the world around us. I am looking forward to exploring our dreams and aspirations that draw us together, and making a difference in the lives of everyone on the journey.

Shirley Wick | Higher Education Ministry Network - Two Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
-General Convention Alternate Deputy
-General Convention Legislative Aide to the Committee on Governance and Structure
-ECCT Mission Council Member (and former Executive Council of ECCT)
-Executive Council of Episcopal Church at Yale (ECY, Yale Campus Ministry)
-ECCT Emerging Ministry Network for Higher Education
-TREC (The Reimagining of the Episcopal Church), preceded by Faith and Order and Constitution and Canons Committees
-Planning and Budget Committee
-Former Delegate from Seabury Deanery
-Former Vestry Member at Calvary Church Stonington

Community Involvement
-Mystic Seaport Pilot
-Longtime supporter of music and education
-Several local and national conservation organizations
-Volunteer for local and national sailing events
-Volunteer for several youth sports organizations

Personal Statement
The transformation of our greater church is a work in progress, and there is merit in having a few members of the former Executive Council of ECCT continue on the Mission Council for this transitional year. Having served on the Board of ECY (The Episcopal Church at Yale) for three years, I have come to realize how important our campus ministries are in young adult formation and future business leadership. Through our emerging Ministry Network for Higher Education, we can assess the needs of other campus ministries in ECCT, as well as the possibilities for unaffiliated schools. I look forward to this exploration.

Geoff Hahneman | Haitian Ministry Network - One Year Term

Current Involvement in ECCT
I am serving in my 12th year as Rector of St. John's, Bridgeport. I am the facilitator of the ECCT Ecumenical Ministry Network, and I am a member of the Hispanic Ministry Network, the Greater Bridgeport Ministry Network, the Haitian Ministry Network, and the Urban Caucus Ministry Network.

Community Involvement
I have been a Board Member of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport for the last 10 years. I have been the Vice Chair of the West Side NRZ (Neighborhood Revitalization Zone) Committee in Bridgeport for 11 years. I am on the Board of the St. John's Family Center. I serve at St. John's weekly Community Supper and organize the Saturday ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Citizenship classes at St. John's.

Personal Statement
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, later receiving a B.A. cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, majoring in Philosophy. After graduating in 1977, I went straight to Virginia Seminary in Alexandria where I received a M.Div. cum laude in 1980. After that I became Curate at the Church of the Advent in Boston for four years under Richard Holloway, before applying to Oxford University where I graduated three years later in 1987 with a D.Phil. My dissertation was on the Muratorian Fragment and the development of the New Testament Canon. After graduation, I spent three years in Belgium as the Rector of All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Waterloo, Brussels, Belgium, before returning to the United States. I then served as a Canon at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Minneapolis, where I received the Minneapolis award from the Mayor in 1995 for developing a unique day-care program for low-income students with children. After that I was Rector of Trinity, Portsmouth, VA. after which I served several interim positions in New Hampshire and Rhode Island before being called as Rector to St. John's, Bridgeport.

I have four adult children: Clare, Nicholas, Cate and Stephen, and three granddaughters, Lily, Margaret and Isla. I am happily married to Lisa DiNunno Hahneman who is the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in West Haven, Connecticut. I hope she feels the same way!

Jane Hale | Storytelling Ministry Network - Two Year Term

Sharon Pearson | Christian Formation Ministry Network - Three Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
An active member of St. Matthew's in Wilton, I oversee the scheduling, training, and mentoring of Lay Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, and acolytes. In addition to participating in those ministries, I have been a delegate to diocesan convention for five years, and a former warden and vestry member. I regularly preach and offer Godly Play during our Holiday Church School Sundays and assist our confirmands in reading the Passion at services during Holy Week. I helped establish the ECCT Christian Formation Ministry Network in early 2015 to help those involved in children's, youth, and adult education and formation ministries to reconnect and network with one another for mutual support and resource sharing. I am a member of the "Holy Landers" Ministry Network and the planning team for the 2017 "Around God's Table" event for all who participant in the liturgical ministries in our congregations. I continue to provide support from time to time to congregations in Connecticut via e-mail and phone regarding educational ministries when able.

Community Involvement
I see my community involvement as my ministry beyond my local environment and am involved in many groups within The Episcopal Church and beyond. I am an active member of Forma, the church-wide organization for those involved in Christian formation. I travel throughout the Church advocating and speaking on issues regarding formation and education, including speaking on topics such as creation care, Confirmation, curriculum development & selection, and peace & justice issues. I was a member of the Standing Commission on Lifelong Christian Formation (2009-2012) and have been a consultant for the Episcopal Church in the area of children's ministries. Locally, I was a poll worker during this past election and have been a volunteer in the Norwalk Public Schools, Girl Scout leader, and literacy volunteer.

Personal Statement
A lifelong Episcopalian from Connecticut, my call to ministry has been in the area of Christian formation, which I believe is to support those in understanding and living out their Baptismal Covenant. I have strived to live this out in my profession, which I also see as my vocation - for the past nine years as an editor with Church Publishing Incorporated with a focus on curriculum development, formation, and congregational leadership. My ministry was previously engaged in formation at the congregational, diocesan, and provincial level. I see myself as a resource and connector, helping others discover the resources they need while offering a perspective of experience and knowledge gained from those whom I have been privileged to learn from and serve with. I am proud of my adult children who live out their faith in their vocation with ECCT and beyond, and hope to continue to serve God in ways that will make this world a hopeful, life-giving, and inclusive place for future generations. As a member of the Mission Council, I would hope to add my perspective as one who has been involved in church-wide conversations as well as the reality of the changing landscape of what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century on the local, congregational level.

Duo Dickinson | Episcopal Church in New Haven - Two Year Term

Present Involvement in ECCT
Member ECCT Property Committee, Coordinator in Missional Music Proposal for New Haven Music Ministry Network’s effort, Pro Bono design of ECCT Commons facility (compensated for production drawings) Pro Bono architectural consultant for about 20 ECCT parishes over 25 years involving Capital Campaign Design, Scope & Budgeting, Grant Applications, Accessibility Issues, Discernment Committee for Mary Barnett. For Home Parish, Trinity on the Green, New Haven: 3 term Vestry member, one term 'At Large'; Executive Committee Member, Properties Chair, Music 4 Music Concert Chair, Currently on Liturgy, Music, History Ministry, Lenten Speaker and Development Committees.

Community Involvement
Non-religious volunteer positions: Currently Board Member: New Haven Preservation Trust, Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (Vice President), as well as pro bono Architect for Habitat for Humanity New Haven and other not-for-profit boards. CT Ecumenical Work: Pro Bono Architect for temples, churches, Habitat and over 40 not-for-profits, as well as civic projects along the shoreline. Architect for over 30 housing, medical and residential projects in CT and NY.

Personal Statement
As a Cradle Episcopalian, I was steeped in the Rite 1 Low Church of Mad Men Mid-Century Westchester County, NY. My life's mission is to use whatever gifts I have as an architect, writer, and not-for-profit addict as effectively I can in a world that is changing too rapidly and comprehensively for any clear surety of outcomes and effective priorities. I am a devoted member of Trinity on the Green in New Haven, but deeply believe in the necessity for a relentless commitment to relevancy when addressing the accelerating secularization of our entire culture. Without a completely open bandwidth for expression and outreach, the church becomes safely caricatured in the minds and hearts of those who feel God is not part of their lives.

Since our children have launched from our home - and having a devotional marriage, the Next Part of my life is vectoring to the Missional. Given that the failing infrastructure of old and getting older buildings dovetails with our old and getting older demographics, I am acutely aware that there is work to be done: For me, one answer is the unapologetic use of the Episcopal Church's unique intellectual and spiritual agencies of engagement to the broadest possible cross section of humans in need. For me, inarticulate devotion in action has been my simplistic missional response to a life over flowing with gifts from my gently nagging Savior's Still Small Voice.
I would be honored to serve on the Missional Council.