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Call For Nominations
2024 Diocesan Convention

The Diocesan Nominating Committee for the 181st Annual Diocesan Convention has been formed to present a slate of nominees for Diocesan Convention (September 21, 2024) 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 2024 Diocesan Convention are as follows.

Diocesan Council: Lay

  • 1 Lay: First Coast West Region (3-Year Term)
  • 1 Lay: Santa Fe Region (3-Year Term)

Diocesan Council: Clergy

  • 1 Clergy (3-Year Term)

Disciplinary Board

  • 2 Clergy and 1 Lay (3-Year Terms)

Standing Committee

  • 1 Clergy and 1 Lay (3-Year Terms)

Sewanee Board of Trustees

  • 1 Lay (3-Year Term)

Nominations will close at 5 p.m. Eastern time on August 15, 2024.

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/Standing Committee and ends with ordination. Transitional Deacons are considered in process.

Deacons must meet with the Standing Committee and obtain their approval before having their names placed in nomination for a Diocesan or General Convention office.


Background on Roles and Requirements of Each Position

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 West Region for a 3-year term and Santa Fe Region for a 3-year term.

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

To stand for election for Diocesan Council the clerical nominee must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Florida.  For this election the clergy position is to be elected for a 3 year at large term.

Diocesan Council: Clergy

The Diocesan Council meets at least quarterly. For now, it is meeting once a month, 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
Barbara Stevenson* St. Marks, Jacksonville First Coast West 2024
Jim Salter* Holy Trinity, Gainesville Santa Fe 2024
The Rev. Matt Marino* Trinity, St. Augustine River 2024
Charlie Clark St. Michael & All Angels, Tallahassee Apalachee 2025
Rhonda Drackett Williams St. Paul’s, Federal Point River 2025
The Rev. Jon Baugh St. George, Jacksonville Apalachee 2025
Wayne Plummer Church of Our Saviour, Jacksonville First Coast East 2026

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

Lay members are elected by the diocesan convention by region.

Disciplinary Board

The Disciplinary Board serve and gather at the call from the Bishop/Standing Committee 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 (16 or older) communicants 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 5 lay members of the Disciplinary Board.

Current Disciplinary Board:

Name Parish Region Term Ends
The Rev. Bob Goolsby* St. Thomas, Palm Coast River 2024
The Rev. Amy Slater* Christ Church, Ponte Vedra Beach First Coast West 2024
Brad Farmer* St. Paul’s, Quincy Apalachee 2024
Lee Haramis, Jr. St. Mark’s, Ortega First Coast West 2025
The Rev. Laura Magevney Christ Church, Ponte Vedra Beach First Coast West 2025
The Rev. Chris Dell Episcopal School, Jacksonville First Coast East 2026
The Rev. Walter Jamison Holy Communion, Hawthorne River 2026
Jouana Murphy Trinity, St. Augustine River 2026
David Spaulding St. Cyprian’s, St. Augustine River 2026

*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 (16 or older) communicants in good standing (see definition below).

Standing Committee

The committee meets at least quarterly. As it functions as the Ecclesiastical Authority, it meets at least once a month or more frequently if necessary. 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 Ends
The Rev. Teresa Seagle* Episcopal School of Jacksonville First Coast East 2024
Vacant N/A First Coast West 2024
The Rev. Sarah Minton St. Mary’s, Green Cove Springs First Coast East 2025
Jackie Jones St. Philips, Jacksonville First Coast West 2025
The Rev. Justin Yawn St. Francis in the Field First Coast East 2026
Heather Prox St. Andrew’s, Interlachen River 2026

*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. There are 1 clergy and 2 lay members. 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 Ends
Randy DeFoor* St. Mark’s, Jacksonville First Coast West Oct. 2024
Byron Greene St. Michael & All Angel’s Apalachee Oct. 2025
The Rev. William Stokes St. Mark’s, Jacksonville First Coast West Oct. 2026

*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: 2024 Diocesan Convention

All written, typed or emailed nominations must be received by August 15, 2024.

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

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

2024 Diocesan Convention Nomination Form

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