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Call for Nominations: 2022 Diocesan Convention

The Diocesan Nominating Committee for the 179th Annual Diocesan Convention has been formed to present a slate of nominees for Diocesan Convention (January 29, 2022) to fill the expired or uncompleted terms of the individuals now serving. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to submit nominations. Positions to be elected at our 2022 Diocesan Meeting are as follows:

Diocesan Councill 1 Clergy (3 Year Term)
2 Lay- River and Apalachee Regions (3 Year Terms)

Disciplinary Board 1 Clergy, 1 Lay (3 year terms)

Standing Committee 1 Clergy, 1 Lay (3 year terms)

Sewanee Board of Trustees 1 Lay (3 year term)

Nominations will close on December 15, 2021.

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.

*Please note that all positions listed in bold are being rotated off and are up for nominations. *Lay members are elected by the diocesan convention by region.

Diocesan Council

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

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

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 and Santa Fe Regions.

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 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
Courtney Carter
Byron Greene
The Rev. Rhonda Willerer
Lenora Gregory
Nathlyn Hemmingway
Jim Salter
The Rev. Trent Moore
Emmanuel, Welaka
St. Michael & All Angels, Tallahassee
St. Patrick’s, St. John’s
Church of Our Saviour, Jacksonville
St. Peter’s, Jacksonville
Holy Trinity, Gainesville
Church of our Savior, Jacksonville
River
Apalachee
First Coast West
First Coast East
First Coast West
Santa Fe
First Coast East
2022
2022
2022
2023
2024
2024
2024

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

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(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 4 lay members of the Disciplinary Board.

Current Disciplinary Board:

Name

Parish Region Term Ends
Charlie Clarke
The Rev. Jay Jamison
The Rev. Beth Pessah
John Jopling
The Rev. Bob Goolsby
The Rev. Amy Slater
Brad Farmer
St. Michael & All Angels, Tallahassee
Holy Communion, Hawthorne
Holy Comforter, Tallahassee
Holy Trinity, Gainesville
St. Thomas, Palm Coast
St. Mary’s, Green Cove Springs
St. Paul’s, Quincy
Apalachee
River
Apalachee
Santa Fe
River
First Coast West
Apalachee
2022
2023
2023
2023
2024
2024
2024

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).

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 Ends
The Rev. Cn. Dr. Miguel Rosada
Rhonda Masters
The Rev. Joe Gibbes
Ben Hill
The Rev. Teresa Seagle
Arthur Crofton
St. Luke’s, Jacksonville
St. Paul’s, Federal Point
Church of Our Saviour, Jacksonville
St. Bartholomew’s, High Springs
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
Grace, Orange Park
First Coast East
River
First Coast East
Santa Fe
First Coast East
First Coast West
2022
2022
2023
2023
2024
2024

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 Ends
Byron Greene
The Rev. Abi Moon
Randy DeFoor
St. Michael & All Angel’s
St. John’s, Tallahassee
St. Mark’s, Jacksonville
Apalachee
Apalachee
First Coast West
Oct. 2022
Oct. 2023
Oct. 2024

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

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: 2022 Diocesan Convention

All written, typed or emailed nominations must be received by December 15, 2021.

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

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

  • With consent of the following person, I nominate:

  • Your Information:

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

 

For questions, please contact:
The Rev. Amy Slater, Nominating Committee Chair
St. Mary’s Episcopal
[email protected]