Diocesan Committees


Governance Bodies and Committees




In the tabs below you will find a description of each of the Governance bodies and committees, along with the elected or appointed members of each committee.


Diocesan Council Inc., is a corporate entity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of Delaware. It is organized for the purpose of taking charge of the unification, development and prosecution of the missionary work, Church extension, religious education and Christian social service of the diocese and such other matters as may be committed to it by its convention. The bishop is president of diocesan council. The work of diocesan council is rather extensive and depends greatly on the committed partnership between its elected members, the diocesan staff, and the bishop. Council’s key role is to submit to each annual convention a budget for all the work committed to it. Provision shall be made therein for the reasonable expenses of diocesan council. Council organizes its work with several subcommittees. The work of the finance, insurance, and personnel subcommittees is obvious in scope, and the subcommittee for program review undertakes an annual and extensive evaluation of specific diocesan-supported programs. An example of a program is Camp Arrowhead. Council is made up of 18 elected clergy and lay members representing all the geographic regions of the diocese. (Ref: Art. IX, and Canon 21 (Duties of Diocesan Council), Const. & Cns., ECD.)
Responsibililty:Program and budget for the work and mission of the Episcopal Church in Delaware 
NameChurchTerm
The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, Bishop
Mr. Frank Daniels, TreasurerChrist Church, Dover
Canon Judith (Judi) Lane Gregory, Canon for Finance & Administration, Mission Support Team
Mr. Walter (Walt) Lafontaine, Executive Director Camp Arrowhead, Mission Support Team
Ms. Teresa (Teri) Valente, Director Camp Arrowhead, Mission Support Team
Ms. Elizabeth FitzPatrick, President ECWChurch of the Ascension, Claymont
The Rev. Marianne Ell, Clergy RepSt. Luke's Church, Seaford2021
The Rev. Dr. Marta Illueca, Clergy RepBrandywine Collaborative Ministries, Wilmington2021
Ms. Kay Keenan, Vice PresidentChrist Church, Christiana Hundred (Area V)2021
Mr. Jim Pappas, Lay-at-LargeChrist Church, Dover (Area II)2021
Mr. John Michael SophosSt. Peter's Church, Lewes (Area I)2021
Mr. Michael WoodSt. David's Church, Wilmington 2021
The Rev. Juan V. GeorgeTrinity Parish, Wilmington2022
Ms. Anne Alexis Harra, Lay Area VSt. David's Church, Wilmington2022
Ms. Christine Lockwood, Lay-at-LargeChurch of the Ascension, Claymont2022
The Rev. Deacon Christine Miller-Marcin, Clergy RepSt. Peter's Church, Lewes2022
Mr. Mark Owen, Lay-at-LargeSt. John the Baptist Church, Milton2022
Ms. Carol Roy, Lay Area IISt. Paul's Church, Georgetown2022
The Rev. Sarah L. J. Nelson, Clergy RepSt. James, Newport2023
The Rev. Dr. Howell (Howie) Crawford Sasser, Jr., Clergy RepSt. Thomas's Parish, Newark2023
Ms. Michelle Smith, Lay Area IVSts. Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington2023
Ms. Helen Spence, Lay Area IIISt. Thomas's Parish, Newark2023
Mr. Eric Valentine, Lay-at-LargeSt. John the Baptist, Milton2023
Responsibility:All matters relating to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church in Delaware 
NameChurchTerm
Ms. Anne C. Foster, Esq., ChancellorChrist Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington
Ms. Felice Jo LamdenImmanuel Church, New Castle2021
Mr. Tom Crowley, ChairSt. Peter's Church, Lewes2022
Ms. Kathryn JakabcinTrinity Parish, Wilmington2023
Mr. Paul Hurdle, IIIAll Saints & St. George's Chapel2024
The Rev. Russell (Russ) BohnerSt. Anne's Church, Middletown2025
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church canons regarding the clergy disciplinary process is known as Title IV. These make clergy discipline first and foremost a process of discernment, mediation, and pastoral response. Each diocese is required by canon to create a court of not less than seven persons known as the disciplinary board. The membership of the board must include lay persons and clergy. The Episcopal Church in Delaware, the board presently consists of nine persons elected at the convention for terms of four years. Annually the board elects a president from its members. Also, annually a church attorney and a clerk for the board are appointed by the bishop. The Title IV process allows for resolution through whatever means will move those affected toward justice, restitution, amendment of life, repentance, healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation. This can include a variety of interventions for all involved and, if necessary, the suspension or removal of the cleric from ordained ministry. A step-by-step guide to assist with Title IV processes is available in the Structure and Procedures section of the Title IV website, www.TitleIV.org. Also see Title IV, Canons of the Episcopal Church; Canon 19, Canons of the Diocese of Delaware; and the clergy misconduct webpage https://delaware.church/clergy-misconduct/.
ResponsibilityOversight of the disciplinary process for clergy misconduct as defined in title IV of Episcopal Church canons 
NameChurchTerm
Mr. John Day, Church Attorney
The Rev. Ruth Lawson Beresford, Intake OfficerChrist Church Christiana Hundred
Mr. Robert (Bob) Irwin, Intake OfficerImmanuel Church, New Castle
Mrs. Donna Ledbetter, Intake OfficerSt. Peter's, Lewes
The Rev. Margaret Pumphrey, PresidentRetired2021
Mr. Tim WillardSt. Peter's Church, Lewes2021
The Rev. Kim F. CapwellSt.James' Mill Creek, Wilmington2022
Mr. Paul Hurdle IIIAll Saints and St. George's Chapel2022
The Rev. Dr. Marta IlluecaBrandywine Collaborative Ministries2022
The Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer HarmonSt. Thomas's Parish, Newark2023
Dr. Edward (Ted) S. WilsonSt. Peter's Church, Lewes2023
The Rev. Canon Mark HarrisSt. Peter's Church, Lewes2024
Ms. Teri Quinn Gray, DeputySt. Thomas's Parish, Newark2024
 
The ecclesiastical authority of the diocese in the absence of a bishop, the Standing Committee is elected by diocesan convention. Half of its members are clerical, half lay. It serves as the bishop’s council of advice. The Standing Committee is requested to give consent for all bishops elected in the Episcopal Church. It recommends persons for ordination. It gives the bishop advice and consent on the purchase, sale, or encumbrance of any property held by a congregation or the diocese. It gives the bishop advice and consent as to any judicial sentence given to a clergy person or concurs in allowing a clergy person to cease functioning as a member of the clergy. It investigates and reports to the bishop on the charge that a deacon or priest has abandoned the Episcopal Church. It also receives the bishop’s resignation. (Refs: Art. VII, Const. & Cns, ECD. Art. IV and Title 1 Cn. 12, Const. & Cns, TEC)
ResponsibilityA council of advice to the bishop; gives consent for persons to become candidates for Holy Orders, for ordinations, for elections of bishops in other dioceses, and before any church can sell or mortgage property. When there is no bishop, becomes the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese. 
NameChurchTerm
The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, Bishop
The Rev. Canon Martha Gay Kirkpatrick, Canon to the Ordinary
Ms. Connie Cooper, Recording SecretarySt. Thomas's Parish, Newark
The Rev. Donna Jean Kiessling, Cor. SecretarySt. Peter's Church, Smyrna2021
Ms. Catherine MaguireCalvary Church, Hillcrest2021
The Rev. Charles (Chuck) WeissChrist Church, Dover2022
Mr. Terry Flanagan, PresidentSt. Barnabas', Wilmington2022
Mr. Jonathan BarrettImmanuel Church, New Castle2023
The Rev. Dr. Ketlen A. SolakBrandywine Collaborative Ministries2023
The Rev, Bradley (Brad) Hinton, DeputySt. David's, Wilmington2024
Ms. Beth Maurer, Esq.St. Martha's, Bethany Beach2024
 
Trustees is a corporate entity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the state of Delaware responsible for advancing the religious and educational work of the Episcopal Church by serving as the custodian and trustee of the property and funds of and as the fiscal agent of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Episcopal Church in Delaware and by providing financial, custodial, trust and investment services and advice for the diocese and all of its institutions, by aiding, supporting and maintaining the bishop and necessitous ministers and missionaries of the diocese and by fulfilling such duties as are authorized and required by the convention of the diocese. The role of the trustees includes: endowment oversight, stewardship for trustee property, hold funds in trust for others, support A&D when needed, and set broad constraints on funds when sent to council. All funds held by the Trustees are invested in Master Fund A and managed by the investment committee with set guidelines. The interest, revenue, from MFA is used to support council and others, cover trustee property and operations, and maintain reserves. Trustees have “unrestricted”, “designated” and “restricted” funds. (Ref: Art. VIII, Const. & Cns, ECD.)
ResponsibilityCustodian and trustee of the property and funds, and fiscal agent of the Episcopal Church in Delaware. Provide financial, custodial, trust, and investment services for the diocese and its institutions 
NameChurchTerm
The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, Bishop
Tim Willard, ChancellorSt. Peter's Church, Lewes
James (Jim) S. Bray, Trustee EmeritusTrinity Parish & Old Swedes, Wilmington
Ronald (Ron) W. Truitt, Trustee
Emeritus
St. Anne's, Middletown
Canon Judith (Judi) Lane Gregory, Canon for Finance & Administration, Mission Support Team
Richard Harra, TreasurerSt. David's Church, Wilmington2021
The Rev. Calhoun Wick, SecretaryChrist Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington2022
The Rev. Jeffrey Ross, Vice president St. Peter's Church, Lewes2023
Bruce VranaSt. James' Church, Mill Creek2024
Lydia York, Investment CommitteeeSt. Barnabas', Wilmington2025


Resources


Episcopal Church in Delaware (ECD) Resource Booklet


Orientation for all Board Members 2021 — via Zoom


Consitution & Canons of the Episcopal Church in Delaware, the Episcopal Church, and Rule of Order for annual convention.