Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Engaging a changing world with
an enduring faith in Jesus Christ

Commission on Ministry

If you are discerning a call to the diaconate or priesthood, we welcome you to these pages where you will find a description of the diocese’s ordination process, the qualities we are looking for in future priests and all documents you will need should you begin down the path of discernment.


The central focus of the discernment process for ordination to the diaconate or priesthood is not whether an individual is called to ministry, since by baptism God has called all of us to minister. Rather, the principal focus of discernment concerns how closely an individual’s gifts and experience match the unique challenges of diaconal and priestly ministry in this time and place.

The diocese needs ordained leaders who will equip our  congregations to adapt to new realities, sing the Lord’s song in new lands, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that speak to the varied contexts and cultures of our communities. We seek leaders with the skills and capacities to plant new congregations and worshipping communities.

The Commission

The Rev. Dr. Kurt Gerhard, Chair (2020)
The Rev. Amanda Akes (2020)
The Rev. Terri Murphy (2020)
The Rev. Sarah Odderstol (2019)
The Rev. Andrew W. Walter (2018)
Dr. Paul Crego (2020)
Gerry Perez (2020)
Gloria Ducker (2019)
Frank Lamancusa (2019)
Michael Neal (2019)
Tom Van Alen (2018)

Contact: The Rev. Canon Paula Clark