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Executive Board


Convocation I
The Rev. Janet Wheelock, 2026
Mr. David Ingold, 2025

Convocation II
The Rev. Ashley Urquidi, 2024
Ms. Nina Joyner, 2025

Convocation III
The Rev. Jacqueline Soltys, 2026
Mr. Jerome Bynum, 2025

Convocation IV
The Rev. Donna Hines, 2026
Dr. Faye Felton, 2024

Convocation V
The Rev. Mark Riley, 2024
Mr. Charles Edmonson, 2026

Convocation VI
The Rev. William Taylor, 2026
VACANT, 2024

Convocation VII
The Rev. Brenda Overfield, 2024
Mr. Rick Mason, 2025

Convocation VIII
The Rev. Liam Muller, 2026
Ms. Cleo Shield, 2025

Convocation IX
The Rev. Jon Anderson, 2025
Mr. Robert Gunnell, 2026

The Executive Board oversees the Programs of the Diocese set out in the Canons or approved by Council. It reviews the finances of the Diocese. It reviews policies and procedures relating to the work provided for in the Programs approved by Council, or the Executive Board, the need for which may have arisen after the action of the Council, when in the judgment of the Executive Board the income and the available funds of the Diocese will warrant. The Executive Board acts as the Council when the Council is not in session.


The Executive Board (typically) meets on the first Thursday of every other month and the meetings move around the Diocese. Travel and meeting consume a full day.

The Executive Board determines the Departments of the Diocese and defines the scope of their work. The heads of Departments are nominated (to the extent possible from members of the Executive Board) each year by the Bishop with the advice and consent of the Executive Board. The Bishop is an ex-officio member of each Department. Each Department is to submit a report to the Secretary of the Diocese by December 1st. The report is to include a summary of the work done by the department and a statement of the opportunities for future needs. Each Department submits a request for appropriations for the forthcoming year when requested by the Treasurer. The Executive Board is comprised of one clergy and one lay representative elected from each of nine Convocations for a term of three years. The Bishop may appoint two members. The Chancellor, the Secretary and the Treasurer of the Diocese are non-voting members.

The Dean of each Convocation shall be responsible for the appointment of a nominating committee of three persons, one of whom shall be a member of the clergy, which shall nominate at least two persons for each vacancy on the Executive Board whose names shall be made known to that Convocation's Council delegates no less than two weeks before the Pre-Council Convocation meeting at which the election is to take place. Nominations from the floor may be received. All persons so nominated shall, if possible, be present at the meeting and introduced to Council delegates before the voting takes place. -- Canon IX.2.a

Last Published: May 5, 2023 8:38 AM