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.

Clerical Order

Margaret R. Hodgkins

Present Involvement in ECCT
Standing Committee, Title IV Committee,
Rector of Trinity Church & School, Southport

Community Involvement
Rector, Trinity Southport Church & School
Interfaith Fairfield Clergy Assn.
CONECT - Congregations Organized for a New CT
Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport

Personal Statement
Ordained in 1996, I bring a breadth of rectorly and diocesan experience to the oversight and advisory role of the Standing Committee as it discerns requests for parish encumbrances and other important matters. I desire to continue to support our bishops in their major responsibility of leading our diocese on the path of building God's beloved community in a healthy and wholesome way and in accordance with our canons for Christ's sake.

Geoffrey M. Hahneman

Present Involvment in ECCT
I retired from St. John's, Bridgeport, on September 1st in my fifteen year as Rector there. I also retired at that time as Priest-in-Charge of la Iglesia de San Lucas y San Pablo, Bridgeport. I am an active member of the Hispanic Ministry Network, Mission Council and the former Haitian Ministry Network. I am also the Chair of the Ecumenical Relations Network and the ECCT representative at the National Workshop on Christian Unity organized each year by the National Ecumenical Officers Association. My wife, Lisa Hahneman, is also a priest in ECCT and is currently the Interim Priest-in-Charge of St. James, Danbury.

Community Involvement
I was on the Board of Directors for the Greater Bridgeport Council of Churches for 13 years, and was honored by them in 2019 with the Faith In Action award. I was also Vice-Chair of the West Side NRZ (Neighborhood Revitalization Zone) of Bridgeport. In 1999 I received the Minneapolis Award from the Mayor for an innovative childcare program called Students With Children (SWC) that I started at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Minneapolis. I earned a Certificate of Basic Education for the Interim Ministry Network in 2001, I was licensed in 1999 as a Facilitator for Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC) and in 1995, I became a Certified Mentor for the Education for Ministry (EFM) Program.

Personal Statement
I have been a priest in the Anglican Communion for 40 years, having served in four countries (USA, Canada, England, Belgium) and 12 dioceses (TX, DC, Montreal, MA, Oxford, Gibraltar, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, MN, Southern VA, NH, RI and ECCT). I earned a B.A. cum laude in Philosophy from Baylor University, a M.Div. cum laude from Virginia Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University. I am published in the field of the Formation of the Christian Bible and am a specialist on the Muratorian Fragment. I have four adult children, and four grandchildren. Finally, Lisa and I have a house in Kent, CT. where we live together with our beloved cat.

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.

Alinda C. Stanley

Present Involvement in ECCT:
Active member of St. Michael's, Litchfield

Member of the New Haven Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross (800-member vowed community of women in the Anglican Communion focused on intercessory prayer,  thanksgiving, and simplicity of life). 
Former elected leader of the entire international organization.

Community Involvement:
Women's Forum of Litchfield
Former Soup Kitchen Board member
Coordinated efforts to support and resettle a Congolese refugee and helped her achieve asylee status.

Personal Statement:
Gospel values and the church's call are lived out in our parishes.  Our common life in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut reflects these values and call. The Mission Council has responsibility for holding us true to this mission and making decisions in our shared life. I would be honored to be part of that body.

Duo Dickinson

Present Involvement in ECCT:
At Present I am in my third year on the Joining Jesus Advisory Council, the Faith and Order Commission, and and in my 5th year on the ECCT Property Committee, and have been the pro bono architect in the last year for these ECCT churches: St. Peter's, Cheshire (now paid), St. Paul & St. James, New Haven, Zion, North Branford, Savior/St. John's, Bristol, Grace & St. Peters, Hamden, St. Monica's, Hartford, St. Peter's Hebron, and for the Bishop's Chapel at Seabury House, and am honored to be participating in the reimagining of Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford. I have been at a variety of Region Gatherings over the last few years as well.

Community Involvement:
I am chair of Trinity Church on the Green's Music 4 Music Concert Series, and I am also Trinity Properties Chair. I am also on the boards of The New Haven Preservation Trust and chair of its Awards Committee, The Strong Center of Madison (and its pro bono architect), one of the founders of Madison Cultural Arts, pro bono architect for the last 25 years/100 projects for Habitat of Greater New Haven (and 12 years on its board), and board member Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee of Incarnation Center, Ivoryton, Ct. (of the New York Episcopal Diocese) where I have been the pro bono architect for 20 projects over the last 30 years. Presenter/staff writer Mockingbird Ministries, Keynote Speaker Central Pennsylvania Episcopal Convention this October, writer for features in the last year for The Living Church, and published in The Episcopal New Yorker. I am also a Fellow in The American Institute of Architects, and co-President of the American Advisory Board of Building Beauty and one of its founding professors.

Personal Statement:
I find myself to be fully devoted to the Episcopal Church. In being given everything by God, anything I can contribute in time, talent and treasure is a joy. I served on the Mission Council for its first 2 years, and am honored to be asked to run again.

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.  

Paul J. Carling

Present Involvement in ECCT:
Parish priest in 4 ECCT parishes large and small as Associate Rector, PIC, Interim and Chaplain spanning suburban, urban and college settings, Member of ECCT Chaplains' group developing shared retreats and other programs for college-age Episcopalians, Co-Founder and Member of Leadership Team, Young Adult Episcopalians (YAE) Ministry Network, Sponsor young adults for ordination in ECCT and other dioceses, Mentor to those in discernment for diaconate and priesthood, Member of Priest-in-Charge and Interim's clergy group, Spiritual Director to clergy and lay leaders, network member to form New Haven area Integrity chapter, was member of Commission on Ministry, facilitator of Title III Task Force to restructure priestly ordination process, Facilitator, Greater Bridgeport Ministry Team, Treasurer Bridgeport Deanery, clergy deputy to General Convention 2015, facilitated development of multiple ECCT Convention resolutions on gendered language in liturgy and church life, sabbatical leaves for all clergy, and role of young adults in ECCT, convener and presenter at The Episcopal Church's Young Adult and Campus Ministry national conferences.

Community Involvement:
Board member, St. John's Family Center; Black Rock (Bridgeport) Garden Club, collaborator with congregational, Lutheran, Methodist, Roman Catholic campus ministries at Yale, as well as Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist chaplaincies.  Collaborator with Berkeley Divinity School and Institute for Sacred Music.

Personal Statement:
Trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist focused on research and systems change for homeless people with major psychiatric disabilities, I was ordained in Vermont in 2002, and have been very active in national, diocesan, regional and local church life on critical issues related to the future of the church including gender equity, the roles of clergy in the emerging church, and the role of young people as the present and future of the church.  In all these roles my primary focus has been to love, listen, learn and then lead as an advocate for a more expansive and inclusive church.  I believe that the work of the Mission Council is absolutely vital in co-creating, with God, a vibrant future for a new evangelism, for forming disciples and apostles, and promoting God's mission in the 21st century and would LOVE being part of that process!  

Peter R. Powell

Present Involvement in ECCT:
I am the Chaplain to the Retired for the SW Region.  I am also a member of the Steering Committee for the Retired Clergy.  I am a priest associate at Christ & Holy Trinity in Westport. I supply during the summer in a variety of churches. My particular passion is teaching bible as a Post-Modern Teacher.

Community Involvement:
For 22 years I was the President/CEO of an agency providing Supportive Housing and other programs to homeless men and women in Westport.  I retired in 2010.  I continue to serve on the Human Services Commission for the Town of Westport. I have been an active member of the Westport/Weston Clergy Association since 1985.  I am a member of the Y's Men of Westport.  I have been a member of Rotary and am a Past President of Westport Rotary.

Personal Statement:
My focus with ECCT has been focused on our outreach to retired clergy, spouses and surviving spouses.  I served as the Chaplain for several years and worked to have Chaplains appointed for each region.  That happened last fall and we are serving the retired well.  In addition I worked with ECCT to provide automatic reduction in fees for the retired who attend ECCT events (like Convention) at their own expense.  We now qualify for a 75% reduction in fees.  I have also been part of the effort to provide emergency grants to Retired Clergy, spouses and surviving spouses who are faced with an unexpected large expense.  I sit on the committee that evaluates the grants.

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.  

Allison L. Gannett

Present Involvement in ECCT
Presently, I am the Digital Storyteller for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. I host and produce Coffee Hour at The Commons podcast, write and publish ECCT Stories, and oversee all social media accounts for ECCT. I am also a member of the Digital Ministry Network, and the Young Adult Episcopalian group in the South Central Region. I was a lay deputy for Connecticut at the last General Convention in 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Community Involvement
I am the founder member of the Young Adult Episcopalians group based out of my hometown, New Haven. I am also the founder of an all-women group in New Haven geared towards helping women make and sustain friendships while exploring the city of New Haven. I am an alumna of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School. I sit on the Council of Advice for the Staff Officer of Evangelism for The Episcopal Church.

Personal Statement
I am dedicated to furthering the voice of young adults in The Episcopal Church. I think it is essential to have young people at the table for the decisions of the church, as we are not only the future of the church but the present. I am passionate about all things Evangelism, particularly in the digital space -- podcasts, social media, blogs, videos, connections. I love thinking about the church at a large scale, and working with colleagues from across the church. 

I hold an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a Certificate of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School. I am knowledgable of the history and current climate and polity of The Episcopal Church. I would be honored to serve as a lay deputy for Connecticut at the next General Convention.

Steven W. Horst

Present Involvement in ECCT:
I am a Warden at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Middletown, where I also serve as a lay eucharistic visitor, lay reader leading worship, cantor, occasional preacher, and member of the healing ministry and intercessory prayer group.  I am a member of the North Central Regional Ministry’s Wardens Network, and have previously been Diocesan Lay Delegate to Province I, and a Deputy (2012) and First Alternate (2009) to General Convention, where I was a member of the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations from 2009-2012.

Community Involvement:
As a Warden at Holy Trinity, I have been involved in organizing joint worship events with area churches and a local street ministry, and helped bring the Clothing Closet, which provides free clothing to those in need, to our church.  Much of my Christian life and service outside the church is at Wesleyan University, where I have taught since 1990.  As Chair of Wesleyan University’s Philosophy Department, I coordinate our United Way campaign. I helped to found and am ongoing Director of Christianity Studies at Wesleyan, and am a sponsor of the InterVarsity-affiliated Wesleyan Christian Fellowship.

Personal Statement:
I was honored to be a part of the deputations to the 2009 and 2012 General Conventions, and to serve on the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations which lay the groundwork for the proposed entry into full communion with the United Methodist Church that should come before the next convention.  At the upcoming convention, I am particularly interested in discussions of possible revisions to the Book of Common Prayer, and hope that we can find ways to authorize the use of the best of liturgical ideas from around the Communion while also maintaining continuities with our profound liturgical tradition that reflect our grounding in the Nicene faith.  I share our Presiding Bishop’s focus upon evangelism to a generation of “nones” – people who may have a deep spiritual hunger but no religious identity, and who may know little about the Christian Good News – and have spent the past few years writing a book for inquirers called What Do Christians Believe? in the spirit of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.

Stephen B. MacAusland

Present Involvement in ECCT
I am a member of Saint Ann's Church in Old Lyme.

Community Involvement
I am and for many years have been active in my local communities. I am particularly engaged in environmental matters. Of particular note has been the years I spent living as a family member with the Eeyou (Cree Indians) of Istchee in the Province of Quebec. It was there that I became an avid environmentalist and a person of deep spiritual connection to the land, the people, and the creatures thereof. That connection became manifest in political and religious activity locally (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut); nationally as a cofounder of Interfaith Power and Light, now in forty states, and internationally through the Anglican Communion and other organizations.

Personal Statement
A Sermon in a Nutshell

As people of faith we are all called in different ways to love our God and to love our neighbors. I am with you today to discuss energy. What is the connection?

After love it is energy that makes the world go ‘round. Everything we do uses energy, and the energy industry has helped to make this country great. Unfortunately, our energy dependence has produced some very serious side effects.

Did we love our neighbors when we brought them to this country from Africa as slaves? Do we love our neighbors when our use of electricity seriously impacts the health of the poor who live in the shadow of coal burning power plants? Do we love our neighbors when our consumption of foreign oil contributes significantly to conflict around the world? And do we love our neighbors when our emission of greenhouse gasses changes the very climate on this fragile earth, our island home?

The community of faith has always led in the great movements for justice. We led in the abolition of slavery. We led in the movement for women’s rights. We led in the struggle for civil rights, and we continue to lead in the effort to remove the curse of racism from this land. Now it is time for us to respect the dignity of every human being and all life on earth. Let us begin by addressing our consumption of energy.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has urged the developed nations to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gasses by eight-five percent in order to stabilize the climate at its current state. The leadership of this country, however, has refused to commit itself to any reduction at all.

Religious leaders of every faith have reacted by passing resolutions, writing letters to the President, and lobbying Congress for sustainable energy policies, but we need to do more. It is time to practice what we preach and to show forth not only with our lips, but in our lives what we ask our political leadership to do for us.

It is time for the community of faith to practice energy conservation, invest in energy efficiency, and thus save more than enough money to afford cleaner sources of energy. Together, we can save energy, save money, save the planet, protect the peace, protect human health, and create jobs too. As we gain strength in the marketplace, we will have a voice as to where the jobs go and who gets them.

This is not just a ministry for the environment, but a call to love and justice for all our neighbors across town, around the world and our intergenerational neighbors, our children, for years to come. And for us Episcopalians, this is not just a call, it is a commandment.

Amen.

Elizabeth L. Rousseau

Present Involvement in ECCT
I’m a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Hartford, where I was an acolyte for ten years. I have spent the last three summers as staff at Camp Washington, first as a Counselor in Training and then as a Cabin Counselor. I currently attend services at the Trinity College Chapel, and I’m a member of the Chapel Council leadership team.

Community Involvement
I am a lifetime Girl Scout. As an adult Girl Scout I now volunteer for West Hartford Service Unit. This year, I am working as a Resident Advisor for a first-year residential learning community, working to build community and help students transition to college life.

Personal Statement
I attended the 79th General Convention as one of ECCT’s unofficial youth presence. I observed committee hearings and sessions in both houses. I was particularly interested in the process of bringing The Episcopal Church in Cuba back into The Episcopal Church. I’m a young person in the church, and I believe that we must continue to live into our commandment to love, to be truly loving to all of God’s children. We can do more, we should do more.

June G. Aziz

Present Involvement in ECCT
Member Mission Council; Ecct finance committee; convention planning committee

Community Involvement
Volunteer to read to preschool children.

Personal Statement
My experience with the church community both diocesan wide and locally seems to be sending me to continue to work and learn more where our Lord and Savior directs us to meet Him.

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.

Don Burr

Present Involvement in ECCT
I am a newly ordained deacon and have recently begun a three year assignment to serve with the people of St. Matthew's Church, Wilton.  

Beyond the parish, among my current ECCT involvement, I am a member of the Deacons Council and the ECCT Southwest Region Leadership Team; and have become involved with efforts of the ECCT Racial Healing, Justice & Reconciliation Ministry Network.  Farming and providing social media content for Facebook pages of several of the ministries I am involved in is a regular activity for me.  After five years of regular sharing, I continue to facilitate the circulation of the “Whatsoever You Do” statue of Jesus throughout ECCT and Province I; in an effort to help individuals and parishes discover how they might respond to the needs of those without adequate nutrition and/or shelter.

I have represented ECCT at the last two General Conventions: first as Alternate Deputy (Lay 1) at the 78th General Convention in 2015; and most recently as Deputy (Lay 4) at the 79th General Convention in 2018.  On both occasions, I was particularly interested in following the resolutions related to equality, social justice, and language used in liturgy.

Community Involvement
My community ministry experience is broad and includes a leadership role as part of an ECCT Southwest Region effort to establish Laundry Love; a monthly ministry which creates space to build relationships with, and provide laundry resources to neighbors in need.  Laundry Love serves the wider community, in particular members of the LGBTQIA+ community, folks without adequate shelter, and young mothers living with their children in a local home for moms.  

I serve as one of two Chaplains who respond (as needed) with the five fire companies which make up the Norwalk Fire Department; and I continue to hold credentials as a Volunteer Chaplain for Norwalk Hospital, a role I have been engaged in, in one way or another, for more than 20 years.

Personal Statement
It is said that deacons look at the Church and the world through a deacon’s lens.  (As a photographer, this image speaks to me.)  We may see or hear things others don’t.  We often turn the attention of the church to needs others may overlook or simply would rather not see. Based on prior experience representing you at General Convention and the broad range of church/life experience (as well as 23 years working in education in Norwalk), I feel I am well suited to represent ECCT in the clergy order for the 80th General Convention.  

I look forward to the forums leading up to General Convention, where deputies and alternates will hear the prayers and concerns of ECCT; and then will take council with other lay and clergy leaders of the wider Church in Baltimore.  
In short, I seek to be your deacon’s voice in the House of Deputies.

Linda M. Spiers

Present Involvement in ECCT
I serve as Interim Priest-in-Charge at St. John's Episcopal Church, Essex. In addition to parish ministry, I currently serve as President of the ECCT Disciplinary Board; Mentor to a Postulant for Holy Orders; Convener of the Holy Landers Ministry Network; member of the ECCT Mission Council; and member of the Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation Network.

Community Involvement
I serve on the Operations Committee and as a Board member for Heads Up! Hartford, an Ecumenical youth camp, and am a Board member of the Society for the Increase of Ministry (SIM). In the Town of Canton, I serve on the Juvenile Review Board and as Chaplain to the Canton Volunteer Fire Department. I am a member of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance and the Farmington Valley League of Light.

Personal Statement
I have had the honor of serving as a Deputy to General Convention in 2012, 2015, and 2018. Being a Deputy has enriched my parish ministry and my ECCT ministry and reinforces the vital nature of our being part of the whole church at large. In 2015 and 2018 I served on General Convention's Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Committee and am particularly passionate about the ways that we are in dialogue and collaboration across differences. I feel called to continue offering my gifts of leadership, compassionate listening, and passion for our Episcopal Church. It would be an honor to continue serving as Deputy.

Ranjit K. Mathews

Present Involvement in ECCT
Hi everyone. Presently, I serve as the Rector of St. James, New London. I serve on Mission Council, co-convener of the "Let my people Go" Network," member of Combating Gun Violence Network, Climate and Environmental Ministry Network and the Clergy of Color Ministry Network. I served to facilitate bringing together members of our New London Clergy association with folk from ECCT to go on a civil rights pilgrimage to specific sites in Alabama (April/May 2019).  I also serve as a mentor to someone within the ECCT ordination process.  

Community Involvement
I serve on the board of the Covenant Shelter (focuses on housing people in greater New London country). I serve on the Greater New London clergy association, and through our collective work have engaged issues such as combating gun violence as well as supporting immigrants here in New London. 

I have collaborated with local non-profits to support brown and black youth here in New London, many who have faced discrimination here in the city.  I work with community members on issues related to climate change, and creating space for more green space in our community. I also am currently working with young adults here in New London on creating meaningful engagement around dance/ and hip hop, more specifically. More broadly, I try to engage the city and southeastern CT on Gospel related justice issues.  This past June, I was grateful to receive the Community Partner award from New London branch of the NAACP. All this to say, I am committed to the Gospel and the way it contextualizes itself in downtown New London. 

Personal Statement
I currently serve as Chair of the Task Force on Dialogue with the South Sudanese Anglican Diaspora. Prior to my position at St. James, New London, I served on the Presiding Bishop's staff as Partnership officer for Africa from Sept. 2013 - April 2017. That position helped me understand more deeply some of the concerns of our Anglican friends across sub-Saharan Africa. This work also placed me at General Convention in Salt Lake City in 2015, serving to support our international guests as well as be available to the International Concerns and Mission sub- committees of General Convention. 

In 2003 in Minneapolis, I was a part of a dais entitled The Presiding Bishop's Forum on Global Reconciliation, which featured the Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa Njongonkulu Ndungane, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs among others, where we discussed how the global Church be a true reconciling force in the world. 

I have an understanding of how the Church lives out it's calling on the Church-wide staff, as well as on an interim body; and believe that as deputy of ECCT I can take my passion around justice and collaborate with colleagues to create meaningful change at the Church wide level.

Marissa S. Rohrbach

Present Involvement in ECCT:
Marissa serves as the Rector of St. Matthew's, Wilton. She is also privileged to serve as the Chair of the Commission on Ministry (COM). The COM is charged with empowering all of God's people to live more fully into their baptismal ministry and with the holy work of helping to form and walk with those who are discerning a call to ordained ministry. As Chair of the COM, Marissa works closely with the Bishops and ECCT staff and is part of our quarterly Leadership Gatherings. Marissa also serves with lay and ordained leaders across the Episcopal Church in Connecticut in a variety of different ways. Among a number of projects, Marissa has helped to coordinate the Women's Clergy Retreat, and was part of the pilot group that presented a resolution to Convention last year that led to the Season of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation. Marissa has also served as a Consultant for the Priest-in-Charge process as well as a Transition Consultant, working with the Canon for Mission Leadership and a number of parishes as they chart a course forward. She is deeply grateful for the people she's met across Connecticut and for the collaborative work they've done together for the sake of God's mission.

Community Involvement:
As Rector of St. Matthew's, Marissa partners with a number of other churches and community organizations. She works with a number of local agencies including HomeFront, Circle of Care, and Open Door Shelther. Marissa is part of the Wilton Clergy Association, an inter-faith organization that furthers education and fellowship across faith traditions. She is also connected to many in the wider church and is committed to the collaborative work of spiritual leadership that leads to justice and life.

Personal Statement:
As an ordained person, I've served three very different and equally faithful places. I've also partnered with a number of clergy and parishes around ECCT. And as Chair of the COM, I am deeply aware of the day-to-day lives and spiritual needs of many different kinds of parishes and many different kinds of ordained leaders across ECCT. I can clearly see the gifts of our new and (soon to be new!) ordained leaders, the gifts of our parishes, and the challenges that face all of us today. I'm so grateful for these opportunities to serve God's church and to be part of what God is up to in Connecticut. And I believe these experiences give me a special perspective, a window into the broad needs of the church today. It would be a tremendous honor to represent ECCT at General Convention and I would take with me all that I have learned from the many different communities of faith and ministry networks that are loving and serving God's people, here. I believe God has a bright dream for ECCT and for ECUSA, a dream that involves justice and reconciliation, and a dream that will call us into deeper communion with God and with each other. If given the opportunity, I will faithfully carry the joys and concerns of the people of God in ECCT to General Convention and will bring that work back with me to our parishes and ministry networks.

Stephanie Johnson

Present Involvement in ECCT
I am a member of the Liturgical Commission, the Jack Spaeth Environmental Grant Committee, the Environmental Network. I was a member on the Baptismal Covenant Working Group.   I am the rector at St. Paul's in Riverside, having previously served as St. Paul's Fairfield and St Anne's, Old Lyme.

Community Involvement
For the past four years I have been the Chair (or co-chair) of the Church-wide  Episcopal Church's Task Force on the Care of Creation and Environmental Racism, a group formed by the action of General Convention. Previously, I was a member of the church wide Committee on Science, Technology and Faith.

Personal Statement
I have attended the last three General Conventions as a volunteer to learn about the workings of the church. While there I have also spoken before several legislative committees on various resolutions. At the last General Convention, I was honored to be invited to give an address on care of creation to a session of  the House of Bishops and Deputies.I love the energy and excitement at being at General Convention and am committed to the work that comes from Convention. It would be an honor to serve as a Deputy representing ECCT in 2020.  

Whitney Altopp

Present Involvement in ECCT
My present involvement in ECCT includes serving on the SW Region Leadership team, working as founding and active member of the Happening Ministry Network, participating as a member of ECCT’s Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation Ministry Network, and helping to shape the newly formed “Task Force to Address Work of Part-Time Clergy.”  I’m also the convener of the SW Region clergy fellowship and a mentor for a postulant in our diocese.

I just began my 8th year in service to God as Rector of St. Stephen’s, Ridgefield.  My work at St. Stephen’s, alongside our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Jane Lindenburg, and parishioner Rich Stein, “birthed” Global Philanthropy Leaders, a youth initiative focused on faith and micro-loans/economic practices that enable our young people to make a difference in people’s lives around the world.  What began as a local initiative in the fall of 2017 spread to St. John’s, Bridgeport, and St. Luke’s, Darien, the next program year. With a grant from the Sustainability Development Fund – Global Mission Partnerships, secured and facilitated through Rich Stein’s efforts, 5 more congregations will take up this initiative this fall. Experienced youth are primary leaders in spreading this effort.

Community Involvement
My community involvement includes active membership in the Ridgefield Clergy Association (introducing and hosting the annual Yom HaShoa observance in Ridgefield with Congregation Shir Shalom), leadership in the Compassionate Ridgefield town-wide initiative, and working with local non-profit organizations on addressing racism in our community through focused short-term efforts.  The two children that I still have at home also give me frequent opportunities to engage in the wider community, working on various shared priorities.  

Personal Statement
My participation in the Mission Council from 2013-2015 shaped my awareness of the interconnectedness of our lives as Episcopalians. Serving in the region of ECCT that has communities with enough resources to forget this truth constantly pulls me into advocacy, as well as challenging the status quo of the Episcopal Church of Christendom.  Careful dismantling of the established institution makes evident what there is to share and receive.  St. Stephen’s, Ridgefield, which has the largest endowment in the diocese (combined restricted and unrestricted), has just gone through a restructuring with the end goal of liberating the church for service in the 21st century. 

My commitment toward building the church of the present which envisions the future is further demonstrated in my pursuit of a Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Leadership (Palmer Seminary, St. David’s, PA). The focus of my Doctoral Project will be on bridging the generational gap, made most evident between Millennials and Gen X. The church – along with libraries, recreational centers, and arts organizations – is one of the last intergenerational institutions.  It is a holy asset that we must steward well. My involvement in ECCT reflects my commitment and excitement to being involved in developing new ways of being the Episcopal Church in this New Missional Age.

Rebekah B. Hatch

Present Involvement in ECCT
Rector, St. Alban's, Simsbury; Member of ECCT Mission Council; Member, ECCT Liturgical Task Force; Board Member, Camp Washington Board; Chaplain, Camp Washington (one week during the summer); Seabury Canon to the Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney (Scotland); ECCT Transition & PPIC Consultant; Co-facilitator, Recently Ordained Clergy; Member, North Central Leadership Team; Chaperone, 2018 General Convention Youth Team

Community Involvement
Co-President, Morley Elementary PTO; Concert Accompanist for Morley Elementary School & Wolcott Elementary School (Town of West Hartford)

Personal Statement
After witnessing the incredible work of General Convention as a chaperone for the 2018 GenCon Youth Team, I feel compelled to continue to be involved with this level of work in The Episcopal Church. The impact of our work at General Convention, the impact of the work of the church on the national level inspires me in my work as a follower of Jesus; in my work as a parish priest; and in my work as a supporter of ECCT. I welcome the opportunity to witness The Episcopal Church continue to make an impact on this level; and I bring a collaborative spirit and a heart for Jesus to the work of doing this among friends in Christ across the church and within ECCT.

Gillian R. Barr

Present Involvement in ECCT
Participant in New Call group. Hope to become active in the Digital Ministry and Formation ministry networks and in activities in the South East region.

Community Involvement
Having just moved to Stonington and Connecticut I haven't had chance to become active in community groups yet, but in previous locations I've been active in Show Up For Racial Justice, worked behind the scenes on political campaigns and volunteered at animal welfare organizations.

Personal Statement
I have served on several church-wide organizations and networks as both a lay person and priest-- FORMA, Campus Ministries, Episcopal Service Corps, and Episcopal Communicators--so I have a broad understanding of the larger church and its structures. As the digital communications specialist for the diocese of Rhode Island I worked to help interpret the importance and actions of the 2018 GC to the diocese via social media. I participate in several Facebook groups dedicated to discussion of issues and resolutions leading up to General Conventions. 

I have followed the actions of General Convention closely for years, beginning when I volunteered with the Society of Abp. Justus, the organization which provides an email list for Bishops and Deputies to discuss issues prior to GC and also provided comprehensive digital coverage of GCs in the 1990s-early '00s before  the TEC communications department was able to do so. As a board member of what is now Forma, I helped strategize for and promote GC actions supporting Christian formation and lay professionals. 

Also, as a native Marylander, I could instruct the rest of the deputation in the best ways to clean and eat steamed blue crabs.

Rowena J. Kemp

Present Involvement in ECCT
Standing Committee member
Bishop's Representative to Seabury Board
Co-convener for the Racial Healing, Justice & Reconciliation ministry Network

Community Involvement
Girls’ Friendly Society USA – National Chaplain; part of an international, not for profit, faith-based organization for girls and women that values the richness of a diverse community and serving Christ through local and international collaborative service projects. 

Heads Up Hartford – Camp Counselor and Spiritual Director; a faith-based group of urban and suburban youths — along with adult advisers — who get together for a week every summer and weekends through the year to build community, through promotion of diversity, developing leadership and providing community service.

South Park Inn - Board member; provides a range of programs and services to assist people experiencing homelessness as they make plans to find permanent housing. 

Personal Statement
After a time of prayer and reflection, I would like to nominate myself to continue service to ECCT; this time in the wider church as a clerical deputy to General Convention.  I have served in various roles in the church, and that experience along with a lifetime in the church, whether in The Bahamas or here in Connecticut has allowed me to continue to offer my gifts for the greater good of God and God's church.

Provincial Synod

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

Lay Order

Barbara A. Casey

Present Involvement in ECCT
I am working on the Join Jesus movement and other ECCT projects with staff.  I have served various leadership roles at Trinity New Haven where my husband and I worship including vestry and finance as well as leading retreats for Trinity leadership and churches in ECCT and our compatriots in the UCC church.  I am a retired consultant for searches and conflict management issues in churches in ECCT.  

Community Involvement
I am Chair of a community task force charged by our Board of Selectmen with assessing and evaluating town held properties with an eye to efficiency, cost containment, sustainability and flood plain issues.  We are developing a 5 year plan.  I chaired the high school building committee in my town of Guilford.  It was a $93 mil which came in on time and under budget.

I also served for many years on Guilford's Mentoring board in our school system as well as the town's human services council.

Personal Statement
I have many years of administrative and management experience.  I would like to continue my involvement with the Province with thoughts to enhance its relevance and its role in our church.

Clerical Order

Margaret R. Hodgkins

Present Involvement in ECCT
Rector of Trinity Church & School, Southport, CT (ASA 150) a vital and growing parish in our diocese; Standing Committee-supporting our parishes and bishops with senior-level oversight and decision-making ; Title IV Committee serving as Advisor using best practices to handle clergy disciplinary matters. Recently joined "Let My People Go" ministry network to address immigration rights. Mentor to newly ordained clergy and those in the ordination process.

Community Involvement
CONECT-Congregations Organized for a New CT, especially working on anti-gun violence; Trinity Against Gun Violence; Fairfield Clergy Assn (interfaith); SW Regional Clergy. In former diocese of NJ, served 7 years on COM raising up new priestly leadership;  

Personal Statement
I am passionate about connecting our diocese to the Provincial Ministry Network to represent ECCT's active commitment to social justice issues in the name of Christ, and also to bring the needs of the greater network back to our diocese. To date, most of our diocese is not aware of our provincial relationship. As a former NBC News operations supervisor, my journalistic experience, along with 23 years of priesthood and rector-ship across 3 dioceses, provide me with extra-solid gifts of relationship-building, communication, administration,  devotion to the church, and a calm non-anxious presence to this key bridge role. I seek to build awareness and active response with the end goal of widening God's beloved community.

Sandra L. Cosman

Present Involvement in ECCT
Secretary of the Diocese and the ECCT Mission Council; Rector at Saint John’s – The Episcopal Church in Pine Meadow, CT; Priest in Charge Consultant; Transition Consultant; Parish Intern Supervisor; Faith & Oder Member; Annual Convention Planning Team Member; Joining Jesus in a New Missional Age Advisory Group Member; and Rhythms of Grace Leader.

Community Involvement
New Hartford Neighbor to Neighbor Board Member; Northwest Women Clergy Group (Ecumenical); Beat of the Streets Educator; Cherry Brook Pastoral Team, Ellington High School Parent Advisory Board; Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross Member of the Hartford Chapter.

Personal Statement
I love God, God’s Church and God’s People and if elected I will serve with all heart. 

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, New Britain, and Enfield, 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.