The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Elections

The 235th Annual Convention will hold elections for positions on the Standing Committee, Mission Council, General Convention Deputation, and Provincial Synod Delegation. All individuals wishing to run for one of these elected seats must complete an electronic biographical form, found at the bottom of this page. As per the Canons of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, the Secretary of Convention must receive all nominations for elected positions no fewer than six weeks before Convention. This year’s deadline is September 14, 2019.

Standing Committee

The Convention will elect two clergy and two lay people to the Standing Committee to serve a three-year term.

Lay Order

A. Bates Lyons

Present Involvement in ECCT:
I am a present member of the Standing Committee, Finance Committee, and Convention Planning Team.

Community Involvement:
I am a vestry member at St. Monica's, Hartford.

Personal Statement:
I am presently a member of the Standing Committee.

Mission Council

The Convention will elect three members to the Mission Council from the ministry networks. The Bishops nominate the candidates from Ministry Networks, providing at least six names for consideration by the Convention.

General Convention

The Convention will elect the new deputation for the General Convention in 2021, to take place in Baltimore, MD. We will elect four people in each order, clergy and lay, to serve as General Convention Deputies, as well as four people in each order to serve as alternates for General Convention.

Lay Order

Suzy Burke

Present Involvement in ECCT:
Rev. Rowena Kemp and I are the co-conveners of ECCT's Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation Ministry Network. I am also a member of the Mission Council and ECCT's Finance Committee, and the Transition Consultant for St. Luke’s Darien. Last fall I completed four years serving as Chair of the Camp Washington Board of Directors. My husband Ed and I are actively engaged parishioners of St. John's, Essex, and team members of St. John’s’ Joining Jesus in a New Missional Age team. I am also the co-leader of our annual Rummage Sale Silent Auction and an enthusiastic participant in our parish’s partnership and co-ministry with the Anglican Diocese of Lebombo, Mozambique.

Community Involvement:
I am a longtime member of the Ivoryton Playhouse Board of Trustees (past Board Chair, current chair of the Development Committee, and member of the Finance and Governance Committees). I also led the Playhouse’s successful 2016 – 2018 capital campaign as well as the development of the theater’s most recent strategic plan.  

Personal Statement:
I am passionate about, and dedicated to, fighting for racial justice. I have a Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology, and in my work as a business consultant and Executive Coach, I help organizations and individuals understand and implement the cultural and organizational changes necessary to capitalize on opportunities and address systemic challenges. While my passions expand well beyond the single issue of racial reconciliation and healing, I recognize this as a primary call for our church and our culture to faithfully engage and confront today. I pray that my knowledge and experience can be useful to The Episcopal Church more broadly, with a focus on how we’re joining Jesus across our many parishes here in Connecticut.  

A. Bates Lyons

Present Involvement in ECCT:
I am a present member of the Standing Committee, Finance Committee, and Convention Planning Team.

Community Involvement:
I am a vestry member at St. Monica's, Hartford.

Personal Statement:
I am presently a member of the Standing Committee.

Clerical Order

Tracy Johnson Russell

Present Involvement in ECCT:
I am currently the President of the Standing Committee; Convener of the Clergy of Color Ministry Network; Facilitator of the Advocacy Team for the Racial, Healing and Justice Ministry Network; Member of the Clergy Conference Planning Team; Joining Jesus (Spiritual Practices) Team Leader; Member of Gun violence Ministry Network; Member of ECCT Leadership Gatherings; and ECCT Priest-in-Charge Consultant.

Community Involvement:
Leadership Team member of the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care; Co-Chair of the Faith-based Initiative Hartford; Member of the Leadership Team for the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance; Chair of the St. Monica's Development Corporation; Member of the Hartford Foundation of Public Giving Faith Leadership Group; Part-time Lecturer of Supervised Ministry and Homilectics at Yale Divinity School; Founder and Executive Director of Your Place Hartford.

Personal Statement:
I had the privilege of serving as your Clergy Deputy to our last General Convention and am currently serving as a member of the Taskforce to Study Sexism in TEC and Develop Anti-Sexism Training. The experience has really impressed upon me the importance of our collective ECCT presence, representation, and voice in the wider church.  It would be an honor to serve.

Provincial Synod

The Convention will elect two delegates to the Provincial Synod, one in each order.