Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Engaging a changing world with
an enduring faith in Jesus Christ


Diocesan Council is the governing board for the diocese and is empowered to act on behalf of diocesan convention while it is not in session (the other 364 days of the year). The Council collaborates with the bishop in developing and executing the diocese's mission strategy, develops and presents a diocesan budget to the convention, and authorizes diocesan expenditures. Other responsibilities are set forth in See Diocesan Canon 11.

Diocesan Council Meeting Dates

Generally the second Tuesday of the month, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Hearst Hall at the National Cathedral School - and includes supper.  Council Members: Login into the Committee eDocument Portal 

Council's 2019-2020 meeting dates:

Council Members

The Council is composed of the Bishop, one clerical and one lay member elected from each of the eight regions, two clerical and two lay at-large members elected by Convention, three members appointed by the Bishop, and several ex officio members.

You may contact your representatives:

North Montgomery County representatives: The Rev. Lee Davis and Doug Perkins
Central Montgomery County representatives: The Rev. James Isaacs and Kathy Staudt
South Montgomery County representatives: The Rev. Sari Ateek and Penny Winder
North DC representatives: The Rev. Canon Rose Duncan and Paul Brewster
Central DC representatives: The Rev. Becky Zartman and Catherine Manhardt
South DC representatives: The Rev. William Stafford-Whittaker and Emma Tucker
North Prince George County representatives: The Rev. Melana Nelson-Amaker and Ian Hutson
Southern Maryland representatives: The Rev. Chris Jubinski and Jo Appold

Appointed members:  Franklin Lemus, Vincent Napoleon, and The Rev. Richard Wall

Ex officio members: Bishop MariannDeanne Samuels (President of ECW), Jonathan Nicholas (treasurer), Keith Roachford (secretary), Stephen Gibson (chair of finance), John Van de Weert (chancellor), The Rev. Paula Clark (canon to the ordinary), Don Crane (chief operating officer)


  • April 9
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • Sept 10
  • Oct 8
  • Nov 12
  • Dec 10


  • Jan 14
  • Feb 11
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 9
  • July 14
  • August 11
  • Sept 8
  • Oct 13
  • Nov 10
  • Dec 8