Skip to main content

Call for Nominations: 2023 Diocesan Convention

The Diocesan Nominating Committee for the 180th Annual Diocesan Convention has been formed to present a slate of nominees for Diocesan Convention (January 28, 2023) to fill the expired or uncompleted terms of the individuals now serving. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the nomination form.

Positions to be elected at our 2023 Diocesan Convention are as follows:

Deputy To 2024 General Convention

4 Clergy & 4 Lay Deputies

1 Clergy & 1 Lay Alternate Deputies

Diocesan Council – Lay

1 Lay-First Coast East Region (3 Year Term)

Diocesan Council – Clergy

2 Clergy for unfulfilled 2 and 1 year terms     

Disciplinary Board

2 Clergy, 1 Lay (3 year terms)

Standing Committee

1 Clergy, 1 Lay (3 year terms)

Sewanee Board of Trustees

1 Clergy (3 year term)

Nominations will close on December 15, 2022.

Notes: No person in the process for ordination will be allowed to be a nominee for a Diocesan or General Convention Office. The process begins with the initial meeting with the Bishop and ends with ordination. Transitional Deacons are considered in process.

Clergy Age 72 and over must get approval from Bishop Howard before having their names placed in nomination for a Diocesan or General Convention office.

Deacons must meet with Bishop Howard and obtain his approval before having their names placed in nomination for a Diocesan or General Convention office.

Background on Roles and Requirements of Each Position

 

Deputy to 2024 (81st) General Convention

Canon 27 Section 1 of our Diocesan Canons calls for the election of 4 Clergy Deputies, 4 Lay Deputies, 1 Clergy Alternate Deputy and 1 Lay Alternate Deputy to General Convention from the Diocese of Florida.

To stand for election for Deputy, clerical nominees must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Florida.

Lay nominees must be adult confirmed communicants (16 or older) in good standing (see definition below).

A Deputy serves in the House of Deputies at General Convention and considers all matters brought before the House including resolutions, elections and The Episcopal Church (TEC) Budget. Each Deputy votes according to their own conscience and may serve on legislative or joint standing committees of TEC. Each Deputy serves for three years.

All Deputies to General Convention are requested to attend the Province IV Synods in the Summer and Spring preceding General Convention.  Food & Lodging for all deputies will be paid for directly by the diocese. Travel is not paid for the Synods.

All Deputies to General Convention are requested to attend the 81st General Convention in Louisville, KY.  Food, Lodging and Travel for all deputies will be paid by the diocese via receipt reimbursement.  An Information Sheet with details will be provided to all Deputies.

Deputies shall attend pre and post General Convention Meetings in the diocese.  Alternates attending General Convention will receive time on the floor of the House of Deputies. All Deputies have seat, voice, and vote at the Diocesan Conventions occurring the year of General Convention and the year after General Convention. Diocesan Convention registration and expenses will be the responsibility of each deputy.

 

Diocesan Council – Lay

Diocesan Council acts as a vestry would between Diocesan conventions. They conduct the business of the Diocese as needed.

Lay nominees must be adult communicants (18 or older) in good standing (see definition below). Each Lay nominee must be a member of a parish/mission that is located within the region being elected.  For this election the lay positions being elected are for First Coast East Region.

Note: Florida Statues Chapter 617 would consider Diocesan Council the equivalent of a Board of Directors which requires members to be 18 years of age or older.

 

Diocesan Council – Clergy

This is a special election to fill the positions of 2 clergy members of Diocesan Council who resigned their positions prior to fulfilling their terms.  The candidate with the highest number of votes will complete a 2 year term while the candidate with the second highest number of votes will fill a 1 year term. These will not be considered a successive term for the 2 positions being elected.

To stand for election for Diocesan Council clerical nominees must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Florida.

Diocesan Council meets quarterly, usually on Saturdays. Meetings are held at Camp Weed, the Diocesan office, or by conference call/zoom. The term is for three years. A member shall not be elected to the Diocesan Council for more than two successive terms.   There are 2 clergy and 5 lay (1 lay from each of the five regions) elected positions on Diocesan Council.

Per Canon 10 of the Diocesan Canons, the Diocesan Council shall be an executive body representative of the Church in this Diocese with power and authority to implement and carry into effect the policies and programs adopted by the Diocesan Convention and to act for the Convention between meetings thereof. The Council shall have overall responsibility for the Diocesan program and finances, and it shall provide for the efficient management of the business of the Diocese. It shall be an agency to relieve the Bishop of the Diocese insofar as practicable from the necessity of the detailed management of the business affairs of the Diocese.

Current Diocesan Council

Name Parish Region Term Ends
Lenora Gregory* Church of Our Saviour, Jacksonville First Coast East 2023
Nathlyn Hemmingway St. Peter’s, Jacksonville First Coast West 2024
Jim Salter Holy Trinity, Gainesville Santa Fe 2024
The Rev. Trent Moore** Church of our Savior, Jacksonville First Coast East 2024
Charlie Clark St. Michael & All Angels, Tallahassee Apalachee 2025
Rhonda Drackett Williams St. Paul’s, Federal Point River 2025
The Rev. Abigail Moon** St. John’s, Tallahassee Apalachee 2025

* This position is being rotated off and is up for nominations.

** These positions are being elected to fill unfulfilled terms due to resignations.

Lay members are elected by the diocesan convention by region.

 

Disciplinary Board

The Disciplinary Board serve and gather at the call from the Bishop or from the General Council for the Diocese in the case of a trial for a priest or deacon.

To stand for election for Disciplinary Board clerical nominees must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Florida.

Lay nominees must be adult communicants (16 or older) in good standing (see definition below).

The term is for 3 years. A member shall not be elected to the Disciplinary Board for more than two successive terms.  A Disciplinary Board member cannot serve also on the Standing Committee at the same time.  There are 5 clergy and 4 lay members of the Disciplinary Board.

Current Disciplinary Board

Name Parish Region Term Ends
The Rev. Jay Jamison* Holy Communion, Hawthorne River 2023
The Rev. Beth Pessah* Holy Comforter, Tallahassee Apalachee 2023
John Jopling* Holy Trinity, Gainesville Santa Fe 2023
The Rev. Bob Goolsby St. Thomas, Palm Coast River 2024
The Rev. Amy Slater Christ Church, Ponte Vedra Beach First Coast East 2024
Brad Farmer St. Paul’s, Quincy Apalachee 2024
Lee Haramis, Jr. St. Mark’s, Ortega First Coast West 2025
The Rev. Laura Magevney St. Mary’s, Jacksonville First Coast West 2025

* These positions are being rotated off and are up for nominations.

 

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the council of advice to the Diocesan Bishop and becomes the Ecclesiastical authority for the Diocese if there is no Bishop.

To stand for election for Standing Committee clerical nominees must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Florida.

Lay nominees must be adult communicants (16 or older) in good standing (see definition below).

The committee meets quarterly. The term is for three years and a person may serve successive terms.  A Standing Committee member cannot serve also on the Disciplinary Board at the same time. There are 3 lay and 3 clergy members of the Standing Committee.

Current Standing Committee

Name Parish Region Term
The Rev. Joe Gibbes* Church of Our Saviour, Jacksonville First Coast East 2023
Ben Hill* St. Bartholomew’s, High Springs Santa Fe 2023
The Rev. Teresa Seagle Episcopal School of Jacksonville First Coast East 2024
Arthur Crofton Grace, Orange Park First Coast West 2024
The Rev. Sarah Minton St. Mary’s, Green Cove Springs First Coast West 2025
Jackie Jones St. Philips, Jacksonville First Coast West 2025

* These positions are being rotated off and are up for nominations.

 

Sewanee Board of Trustees

Clergy and Lay members of the Board of Trustees from the Diocese of Florida are elected for three-year terms. The elected members will attend the October meetings of the Board of Trustees for the three years following their election. The nominee elected at this diocesan convention will become a trustee in October of the year of their election and will serve as a trustee for 3 three years from the time they are installed.

Current Sewanee Board of Trustees

Name Parish Region Term
The Rev. William Stokes* St. Mark’s, Jacksonville First Coast West Oct. 2023
Randy DeFoor St. Mark’s, Jacksonville First Coast West Oct. 2024
Byron Greene St. Michael & All Angel’s Apalachee Oct. 2025

* This position is being rotated off and is up for nomination.

 

Canons of the General Convention (TITLE I, CANON I.17.2)
Communicants:  Sec. 2 (a) All members of this Church who have received Holy Communion in this Church at least three times during the preceding year are to be considered communicants of this Church.

Adult Communicants: (b) For the purpose of statistical consistency throughout the Church, communicants sixteen years of age and over are to be considered adult communicants. The exception is Diocesan Council which requires the nominee to be 18 or older per Florida Statues Chapter 617 since Diocesan Council is considered by Florida law a Board of Directors.

Communicants in Good Standing: All communicants of this Church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, are to be considered communicants in good standing

Nomination Form: 2023 Diocesan Convention

All written, typed or emailed nominations must be received by December 15, 2022.

To download the mail-in nomination form, click here.

To submit a nomination online, please complete the form below.

2023 Diocesan Convention Nomination Form

  • I nominate the following:

  • Your Information:

  • When completed, please submit this form by clicking the button below.