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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
11827 Canon Blvd., Suite 101
Newport News, VA 23606-3071
757-423-8287 Main
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757-595-0783 Fax

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Diocesan Staff
Diocesan Administrative Staff, what they do, and how to contact them.


The Rt. Rev. Susan B. Haynes
Click here for Bishop Haynes' page
(757) 213-3381

The Rev. Canon Roy Hoffman
Canon to the Ordinary

(757) 213-3390, rhoffman@diosova.org
Clergy should contact Roy when they are preparing to retire or before they enter a search process. Wardens or clergy should contact Roy for assistance with transition, for guidance on selecting a search consultant and transition pastor for the interim period, for help and resources on Letters of Agreement, Vestry retreats, Mutual Ministry Reviews, continuing education or sabbatical planning, or during a time of parish crisis or conflict. Contact Roy also for assistance regarding diocesan properties.

The Rev. Canon James Harlan
Canon Evangelist
(757) 213-3388, jharlan@diosova.org
Contact James regarding support for Evangelism and other growth, vitality, and justice initiatives for your congregation; diocesan communication strategy and support for discovering ways to enhance your congregation’s messaging and digital ministry; planning and oversight of Annual Council; and the Chanco Board.

Canon Lynn Farlin
Canon for Formation

(757) 213-3377, lfarlin@diosova.org
Contact Lynn for assistance with: Christian Formation resources for clergy, staff and congregations, Anti-Racism Task Force, Commission on Aging, Safe Church programs, scholarship funds, training and consultations for parishes, Christian Education Network, Commission on Ministry Committee on the Ministry of the Baptized.

The Rev. Canon Willis Foster
Canon for Diversity
(757) 510-5901, wfoster@diosova.org
Contact Willis for assistance with creating programs that will facilitate an environment where hard conversations on Social Diversity and Social Justice can be had.

Megan Dern
Youth and Young Adult Missioner

(757) 213-3393, mdern@diosova.org
Contact Megan for assistance with: youth ministries, young adult ministries, campus and college ministries, parish consultations, training and formation for adults who work with youth, diocesan youth programs and events.

The Rev. (Padre) Mario Meléndez
Chaplain for Latino/x Ministries
(757) 427-0963, mmelendez@diosova.org
Contact Padre Mario for resources and information for establishing or cultivating Latino/x ministries. (He also serves as Episcopal chaplain and co-pastor at Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach)

Leah Sicignano
Bishop’s Executive Secretary

(757) 213-3381, lsicignano@diosova.org
Contact Leah for assistance with: appointments with the Bishop, Bishop’s visitation / Confirmation schedule, clergy licensing, lay ministry licensing, certification of lay delegates & alternates to Council, non-parochial reports, remarriage permissions, postulants & candidates for ordination, seminarians, and administrative support to the Executive Board and Nominating Committee.

Susan Allen
Administrative Assistant to the Canons

(757) 213-3391, sallen@diosova.org
Contact Susan for assistance with: insurance and benefits, clergy background checks, clergy conferences, clergy continuing education grants, Commission on Ministry, congregations in search, diocesan resource library, Fresh Start, letters of agreement, Ordination Exploration, Safe Church, Certificates of Lay Delegates and Alternates and registration for diocesan events, including Annual Council.

Judy Dobson

(757) 213-3386, jdobson@diosova.org
Contact Judy for assistance with: parochial reports, Diocesan Foundation Composite Fund payments and withdrawals, diocesan budget, 501c3 (IRS non-profit status), and general financial questions.

Hope Leach
Financial Assistant

(757) 213-3374, hleach@diosova.org
Contact Hope for assistance with: parish audits, parish pledges, reimbursements, IRS mileage rate.

Ben Urquidi
Communications Specialist

(757) 423-8287 x314, burquidi@diosova.org

Chris Ochillo
Data Entry Assistant

(757) 423-8287 x316, dataentry@diosova.org


Last Published: April 13, 2022 4:10 PM