Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

2019 Regional Election Results

In November 2019,  Diocese of Washington clergy, wardens, and convention delegates participated in online voting for candidates for the regional elections. 

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is a body that has eight members, including four priests and four laypersons. Under the Episcopal Church Canons, the Standing Committee has three principal responsibilities. It must approve all candidates for ordination, determine whether to approve requests from parishes that wish to sell or encumber real property. In addition, the Standing Committee serves as the counsel of advice to the Bishop of the Diocese.

Each region may select up to one priest and one layperson to be among the nominees for election to the Standing Committee at the upcoming annual Diocesan Convention. The following nominees were selected by the regions:

 

NORTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Beth O'Callaghan

 I would like to continue to serve on the Standing Committee to support the Bishop during this exciting time in our Diocese as we implement the Strategic Plan. I was ordained in 2009 as a Deacon and 2010 as a Priest in the Diocese of Washington. I served as an Assistant at Ascension in Gaithersburg from 2009-2012; Rector of St. Mary's, Lake Ronkonkoma, Diocese of Long Island, from 2012-2017; and Rector of St. Nicholas since May 2017. Prior to seminary I served various non-profit organizations in executive leadership positions.

 

 CENTRAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Sarah Lamming

Christ calls our communities to welcome all. How we as a church honor, support, and advocate for vocations, properties, and resources reflects how we live out this call. I will offer the Standing Committee a strategic mindset, willingness to make hard decisions, and wisdom from my experiences as an immigrant, disabled, lesbian priest, who has ministered in multicultural contexts, multi-point parishes, and family to corporate size parishes. My D.Min thesis focused on employment justice issues in the church.

Lay Nominee: Marion Marshall

I am a cradle Episcopalian who was christened and confirmed in the Anglican/ Episcopal Church. I have been a member of St Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church for 25 years and I am currently the Junior Warden. I have also served on the Vestry as the Gifts, Memorials and Bequest contact. Other positions I have held include Lead Usher, Sunday School teacher, Vice President of the International Committee and member of the Finance and Fundraising committees. I strive to see God in all people and pray that God will continue to use me for his service.

 

SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

Lay Nominee: Anne LeVeque

I have served as Senior Warden of Ascension, Sligo Parish, and as an EfM Mentor. In 2015 I was elected by the House of Bishops to serve a 6 year term on the General Board of Examining Chaplains (GBEC) as a lay member. The GBEC creates, administers, and evaluates the General Ordination Exam (GOE) given to candidates for the priesthood. I have been involved in GOE evaluation for nearly 20 years.
I am a librarian by profession, and work at the Takoma Park Maryland Library in the Computer Center.

 

NORTH DC REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Canon John Harmon

John Harmon is Rector and Pastor of Trinity Church. He served as a member of the Standing Committee and Commission on Ministry. He is a Co-founder of the Episcopal Service Corps. He served as Provincial and Diocesan Chaplain of the Order of Daughters of the King and as Deputy and Alternate to General Convention. He believes that every gathering of the people of God is an opportunity to witness to the presence of God among us.

Lay Nominee: Anton Vanterpool

Blessed to serve on Standing Committee since 2018. Worshipping at St Alban's over 15 years, serving in choir and church school teacher. Diocesan delegate and volunteer since 2011. Helping people improve their Communications and Leadership skills over 30 years in Toastmasters International. Military veteran who served in choir, organ search committee, church school, rector search committee and vestry as part of six Episcopal parishes. I bring critical listening and evaluation skills to the issues our bishop faces.

 

CENTRAL DC REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Richard Weinberg

I currently serve as priest-in-charge of St. Margaret's in Central DC, where I'm especially passionate about our legacy of inclusion and our cardinal outreach program with neighbors experiencing homelessness. St. Margaret's is the first parish in the diocese to adopt the Unstuck Church planning process, and I took part in the Diocesan Strategic Planning retreat convened by Bishop Mariann last summer. I've served on the Diocese's Race and Social Justice Committee since 2017, and I'd be honored to bring my experience to the Standing Committee.

 

SOUTH DC REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. William Whittaker

I have served in the ordained ministry for 25years, ministering to diverse communities from the seaside to the inner city. During this time, as well as serving as a parish priest, I have had the honor of sitting on a number of committees in three different dioceses. This experience has enabled me to gather understanding which, I believe would help me to fully engaged (if elected) with a position on the Standing Committee. I am grateful for the opportunity to stand for election and also to you for taking time to read this short biography.

 

NORTH PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY REGION

There were no nominees from this region.

 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND REGION

Lay Nominee: Eric Delk

  • Episcopalian for 9 years
  • Member of church of the Ascension Patuxent Parish
  • Served as counter, ley minister and finance committee member
  • Served as Southern Maryland's homeless volunteer during WARM
  • Served on three vestries
  • Participated on two parish search committees
  • Participated with the process where Church of Ascension Patuxent Parish merges with Saint George's church William and Mary Parish to become Resurrection parish

 

Diocesan Council

The Diocesan Council serves as the governing board of the Diocese and, much like a parish vestry, has the responsibility for fiduciary oversight and general leadership of the Diocese. 

Each of the eight regions of the Diocese elects one lay and one clerical member to serve on Diocesan Council. Members of Diocesan Council serve for three-year terms. Terms on Diocesan Council are staggered, so that approximately one-third of the regional representatives are elected each fall. This year, three regions had open positions for clergy regional representatives and three regions had open positions for lay regional representatives on the Diocesan Council:

 

 NORTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

Lay Representative: Gordon Donnelly

I am a lifelong (PK Priest's kid) Episcopalian. I am an active member of Ascension as a member of the choir, and small instrumental ensemble. I am involved as a Vestry liaison and teacher for Children's formation. I have enjoyed the many challenges of being a vestry person serving two non consecutive terms. Currently working in a small group revising Ascension's By Laws. I like being an active part of a team. I look forward to serving the region and Ascension on the Diocesan Council if given that opportunity.

 

CENTRAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

Clergy Representative: The Rev. James Isaacs

The Rev. James Isaacs was ordained in 2002 and has worked as a parish priest in the Dioceses of Southwest Florida, Maryland, and Washington. In addition to his M.Div., in 2010 he received a M.A. in Conflict Transformation that he has since used to support his consulting and coaching practice for congregations and their leaders. Since Feb. 2011, he has served as the Assistant Rector at St. James', Potomac. Since this August, he has also served as the Acting Chaplain to the Middle and Upper Schools at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac.

 

SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

There were no open positions for Diocesan Council from the South Montgomery County region this year.

 

NORTH DC REGION

Clergy Representative: The Rev. Kristen Hawley

Since November 2017, Kristen has been rector of St. David's, DC. Prior to this, she was at Christ Church, Georgetown for four years, where she served as senior assisting clergy. Kristen's Master of Divinity degree is from Virginia Theological Seminary, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, in 2013.  Kristen lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband, RJ and their children, Maggie, William, Alec, Clare and George. They share their home and lives with two large furry creatures named Queso and Emmie.

 

CENTRAL DC REGION

Lay Representative: Matthew Taylor

Currently serving as an interim member of the Diocesan Council, Matthew is a parishioner at St. John's Church Lafayette Square and has been a delegate to the Diocesan Convention for the last 2 years. He was also an alternate deputy to General Convention in 2018 and a legislative aide for the Structure and Governance Committee. At St John's, Matthew is chair of the Outreach Committee and on the steering committee for the Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship. Matthew is an attorney and volunteers with the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and the Cathedral.

 

SOUTH DC REGION

There were no open positions for Diocesan Council from the South DC region this year.

 

NORTH PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY REGION

Lay Representative: Ian Hutson 

My name is Ian Hutson. I was born in Guyana and migrated to the United States in1992. I have been a member of my parish (St. John's Beltsville) for 15 years. I am currently serving as Senior Warden and LEM. I am also a very active member of my parish's men's group. I am a current member of the Diocesan Council and I am seeking the opportunity to continue serving for an additional 3 years. I am happily married and the father of 2 daughters. I am currently employed at Nasdaq.

 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND REGION

There were no open positions for Diocesan Council from the Southern Maryland region this year.

 

Deputy to General Convention

General Convention deputies, along with bishops, participate in the governance and discernment of The Episcopal Church through activities before, during, and after the General Convention for which they are elected. General Convention deputies and alternates are elected by Diocesan Convention every three years. 

 

NORTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

There were no nominees from this region.

 

CENTRAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. David Wacaster

I am rector of Good Shepherd, Silver Spring and served as a Deputy to General Convention in 2018. I have also served as a member of Diocesan Council and am currently co-Chair of our diocesan Race and Social Justice Committee. Before seminary, I spent six years in the Office of Government Relations for The Episcopal Church working on social justice issues. I have a passion for justice issues, our diocese and The Episcopal Church. I would be honored to serve as a Deputy again in 2021.

Lay Nominee: Michelle Glidden

Michele Glidden is the Chief Program Officer at the Society for Science and the Public. She oversees the middle school and high school science competitions and the equity & outreach programs. Michele has a M.S. in journalism from Ohio University and a B.A. in English from Florida State University. Michele has worshipped at St. Mary Magdalene for twelve years and currently serves as senior warden. She also supports the financial processes of the church and participates in worship as an acolyte and lay reader.

 

SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Joan Bielstein

It has been a joy to serve as Rector of Ascension for twelve years. Since ordination as a priest in 1994, my leadership roles in the Diocese of Washington have included: Member, Diocesan Council; President, Washington Episcopal Clergy Association (WECA); President, Standing Committee; Clerical Deputy to General Conventions 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012; and Chair, Transition Committee (2011) when we elected our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde. It would be a privilege to offer my experience and represent our Diocese at General Convention 2021.

Lay Nominee: Anne LeVeque

I have served in numerous leadership capacities in both my local parish and in the national church organization. I have been Senior Warden at Ascension, Sligo Parish, and am currently Vice Chair of the General Board of Examining Chaplains. I am familiar with the polity and governance of the Episcopal Church, and believe that I could serve effectively as a Deputy to General Convention.

 

NORTH DC REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Jim Quigley

Since my ordination to the priesthood I have served in three distinct ministry contexts: As an associate rector and college chaplain in the Diocese of Kentucky, as a Rector and private school chaplain in the Diocese of Louisiana and for the last seven years as an Associate Rector overseeing Adult Formation, Christian Social Ministries and Pastoral Care at St. Alban's. In 2019 I began a three-year term as a member of EDOW's Commission on Ministry. I am honored and delighted to be nominated as a clerical deputy to The General Convention.

 

CENTRAL DC REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Glenna Huber

Rev. Glenna Huber is serving as the 15th Rector of The Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC. She has also served as a consultant for religious institutions and seminaries with particular attention to addressing issues of systemic injustice. Rev. Huber has served in a number of leadership roles in EDOW. She has served as an alternate for General Convention 2018, Standing Committee member, Camp Claggett board, and Grace Episcopal Day School board(current). Rev. Huber received a Master of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary.

Lay Nominee: Nathan Brown

After studying Theology and discerning a call to the priesthood, I am now seeking to live out my calling to lay ministry. That calling has led me to facilitating discussions about Theology, faith, philosophy, and the Episcopal Church. I've also blogged about the floor activity of the past few General Conventions. I have also been active in LGBTQ+ ministries within the Episcopal Church and founded a chapter of Integrity in my former Diocese which sought to promote greater social justice for LGBTQ+ persons within the Episcopal Church and beyond.

 

SOUTH DC REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Betsy Gonzalez

I have served as a deputy since 2011 and as chair of EDOW's Deputation twice. Somehow, I am built mentally, physically, and spiritually to serve alongside a stellar team of lay and ordained people in the months leading up to these 12 days demanding days every few years. Perhaps this comes from my work as a full-time boarding school chaplain at Episcopal High School. We connect the Church to the world, discerning how Jesus is urging us forward on the Way of Love. I would be honored to serve again in this capacity.

 

NORTH PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Dr. Sheila McJilton

The Rev. Dr. Sheila McJilton has been rector of St. Philip's Parish in Laurel, MD since 2007. She has served on COM, Diocesan Council, & President of Standing Committee for two years. She also currently serves as President of the Corp. for the Relief of Widows & Orphans, an organization that serves surviving spouses, partners & children of clergy in all three Maryland dioceses. Sheila was an EDOW Alternate Deputy to General Convention in 2012, 2015 and 2018. She would be honored to serve this diocese as Deputy to Convention in 2021.

Lay Nominee: Gerry Perez

Gerry Perez is an active member of Holy Trinity, Bowie, serving multiple terms on the vestry, including Sr. and Jr. Warden; Strategic Planning and Finance committees; and EFM graduate. Active within the Diocese, Mr. Perez served two terms as Deputy to General Convention; two terms on the Diocesan Council and was twice selected as Moderator. He is currently chairs the Commission on Ministry, and serves on the Board of Seabury Resources for Aging, and of St. Mary's Court, and a member of the finance committee at Collington.

 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Greg Syler 

Greg Syler is the rector of Ascension & St. George's, two 'yoked' parishes who, in 2019, made the courageous decision to merge and become the Diocese of Washington's newest parish! Greg has been elected Deputy to General Convention in 2015 and 2018. Greg convenes the Southern Maryland Clericus, and has served on Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, the Bishop's Search Committee, and as a regional co-chair for the recent strategic planning process. Greg is married to Iman, and they are raising their daughter, Carter St. Clair.

Lay Nominee: Iman Green Syler

Iman Green Syler is the Missioner for Discipleship & Faith Formation in Southern Maryland, working with congregations in that region. She serves on the diocesan Financial Resources Committee and is a trainer for Safeguarding God's Children. Through FORMA and the Virginia Seminary, she earned the Certificate for Leadership in Christian Formation. Iman is married to Greg Syler, and stepmom to Carter.

 

Alternate Deputy to General Convention

General Convention alternate deputies, along with bishops, participate in the governance and discernment of The Episcopal Church through activities before, during, and after the General Convention for which they are elected. General Convention alternates are elected by Diocesan Convention every three years. 

 

NORTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

There were no nominees from this region.

 

CENTRAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

There were no nominees from this region.

 

SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGION

There were no nominees from this region.

 

NORTH DC REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Yoimel González Hernández

I'm a Latino priest in the Diocese of Washington, sharing my time and skills as an Associate Rector at St. Alban's Episcopal Church and as the Dean for the Latino Deacon's School in our Diocese. As part of my ministry I work in Youth Ministries, Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Training. I would love to represent our Diocese in the General Convention and bring my experience in those areas.

 

CENTRAL DC REGION

Lay Nominee: Matthew Taylor

Currently serving as a member of the Diocesan Council, Matthew is a parishioner at St. John's Church Lafayette Square and has been a delegate to the Diocesan Convention for the last several years. He was also an alternate deputy to General Convention in 2018 and a legislative aide for the Structure and Governance Committee. At St John's, Matthew is chair of the Outreach Committee and on the steering committee for the Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship. Matthew is an attorney and volunteers with the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and the Cathedral.

 

SOUTH DC REGION

There were no nominees from this region.

 

NORTH PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY REGION

There were no nominees from this region.

 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND REGION

Clerical Nominee: The Rev. Susan Fritz

I am a 30-year Navy veteran. I was ordained a deacon in Sept 2018 and serve at Christ Church, Durham & St. James Indian Head. I am the So MD representative to the Diocese, involved in designing the Strategic plan. My ministry is working with the hungry via a local soup kitchen. I’m the Chaplain for a nonprofit dealing with veterans with PTSD. I have involved my churches in a School supply drive, a clothing drive, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, Christmas Stockings and collection of hats and mittens for the local elementary school.

 

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