Governing Committees

in the Episcopal Church in Delaware

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.

The functions of Commissions on Ministry specified in the canon are to assist the bishop “in determining present and future needs for ministry in the diocese” and to assist “in enlisting and selecting persons for Holy Orders.” Commissions are to develop, train, and affirm lay ministries. They interview candidates prior to their ordination as deacons and may interview candidates prior to their ordination as priests, if requested by the bishop, reporting to the bishop in each case. They assist the bishop in guiding and counseling deacons and other ministers, and they assist in matters pertaining to the continuing education of the clergy.

Jonathan BarrettImmanuel, New Castleno term limit
The Rev. Charles Lane CowenTrinity Parishno term limit
The Rev. J. Carlyle GillSt. Peter’s, Lewesno term limit
The Ven. Patricia MalcolmChrist Church, Doverno term limit
The Rev. Rita NelsonSt. Peter’s, Lewesno term limit
The Rev. John B. Pumphrey, chairretiredno term limit
Jon RaniaAll Saints’ & St. George’s Chapelno term limit
Gregory Taylor no term limit

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.)

The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, bishop  
Elizabeth Fitspatrick, 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
Kay Keenan, vice presidentChrist Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington (area V)2021
Jim Pappas, lay-at-largeChrist Church, Dover (area II)2021
John Michael SophosSt. Peter’s Church, Lewes (area I)2021
Michael WoodSt. David’s Church, Wilmington2021
The Rev. Juan V. GeorgeSt. Thomas’s Parish2022
Anne Alexis Harra, lay Area VSt. David’s Church, Wilmington2022
Christine Lockwood, lay-at-largeChurch of the Ascension, Claymont2022
The Rev. Deacon Christine Miller-Marcin, clergy repSt. Peter’s Church, Lewes2022
Mark Owen, lay-at-largeSt. John the Baptist Church, Milton2022
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
Rob MorganSt. Peter’s Church, Lewes2023
Michelle Smith, lay area IVSts. Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington2023
Helen Spence, lay area IIISt. Thomas’s Parish, Newark


Eric Valentine, lay-at-largeSt. John the Baptist, Milton


Responsibility: all matters relating to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church in Delaware.

Mr. Tim Willard, chancellorSt. Peter’s, Lewes 
Felice Jo LamdenImmanuel Church, New Castle2021
Tom Crowley, chairSt. Peter’s Church, Lewes2022
Kathryn JakabcinTrinity Parish, Wilmington2023
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, Also see Title IV, Canons of the Episcopal Church; Canon 19, Canons of the Diocese of Delaware; and the clergy misconduct webpage.

Mr. John Day, church attorney  
The Rev. Ruth Beresford, intake officerChrist Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington 
Mr. Robert (Bob) Irwin, intake officerImmanuel Church, New Castle 
Donna Ledbetter, intake officerSt. Peter’s, Lewes 
The Rev. Margaret Pumphrey, presidentretired2021
Consuelo MillerChrist Church, Dover2021
Tim WillardSt. Peter’s Church, Lewes2021
The Rev. Kim F. Capwellretired2022
Mr. Paul Hurdle IIIAll Saints’ & St. George’s Chapel2022
The Rev. Dr. Marta IlluecaBrandywine Collaborative Ministries2022
The Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer HarmonSt. Thomas’s Parish, Newark2022
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, Newark2o24


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)

The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, bishop  
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
Jonathan BarrettImmanuel Church, New Castle2023
The Rev. Dr. Ketlen A. SolakBrandywine Collaborative Ministries, Wilmington2023
The Rev. Brad Hinton, deputySt. David’s, Wilmington2024
Beth MaurerSt. 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.)

The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, bishop  
Tim Willard, chancellorSt. Peter’s Church, Lewes 
James (Jim) S. Bray, trustee emeritusSt. Anne’s, Middletown 
Ronald (Ron) W. Truitt, trustee emeritusSt. Anne’s, Middletown 
Richard Harra, treasurerSt. David’s Church, Wilmington2021
The Rev. Calhoun Wick, secretaryChrist Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmnigton2022
The Rev. Jeffrey Ross, vice presidentSt. Peter’s Church, Lewes2023
Bruce VranaSt. James’ Church, Mill Creek2024
Lydia York, Investment CommitteeSt. Barnabas’, Wilmington2025
The Rev. Patricia DowningTrinity Parish2026
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