James Allsop

James Allsop

James Allsop 150 150 Diocese of Southern Ohio Annual Convention
James Allsop

St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights

Nominee for Standing Committee (lay)
Please describe your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community

Since 1995, I have been a member of St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church in Lincoln Heights, Ohio. During this time, I have served on the vestry, been president of the Men and Boys’ Ministry and coordinated the search for a new rector.

In addition, I brought the Healthy You program to Lincoln Heights and the surrounding communities. This program is sponsored by the Council of Aging and provides information on healthy life styles and physical activities that can increase the mobility of and health of senior citizens. Also, we partnered with Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in order to staff and run a Community Supper Program for 8 years before the pandemic in 2020. In order to make this happen we worked closely with St. Monica’s Recreation Center in Lincoln Heights which is funded by the Sisters of the Transfiguration.

Since 2020, I have led the Green Team in our church. This team has been able to reduce our energy footprint. In fact, solar panels were installed on the church in July 2022.

Currently, I am leading the team that is updating our live streaming and video systems. On behalf of St. Simon, I completed the application and I am working with the outside vendor to learn how to operate the system and I will also train others.

I was elected to the Standing Committee in 2019. Currently, I am the Vice President. I feel that my training as a clinical psychologist and human resource manager have been useful during this season in the life of Diocese of Southern Ohio.

In the 1990s I volunteered in a juvenile diversion program in the City of Cincinnati. I was the pro bono psychologist for this group. I was also a volunteer and President of Wyoming Youth Services. Wyoming Youth services provides mental services for youth and their family members. Currently, I am the chair of the Bylaws Committee  in the alumni chapter of my alma mater , Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Everything I have done could not have been accomplished without the support and generosity of others.

Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?

“Each of you should use whatever gift, you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s; grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10

I do believe that God is ordering my steps. While worshiping at St. Simon, I have developed skills and knowledge that have helped sustain our church. As many of you know, in a small church, one has to assume many roles. I have done grant writing, cooked at barbecues, delivered fish dinners, and ran the video equipment.

Over the last 3 years I have learned a lot about the Diocese how it operates and the wishes and concerns of parishioners and clergy throughout its great expanse.

If I am privileged to be re-elected, I will continue to listen, learn and work to move us forward.

Prayerfully submitted,

James E. Allsop, PhD