Please describe your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community.
Lifelong Episcopalian who loves our church! A member of All Saints, New Albany for 16+ years, I presently serve as Junior Warden on our parish vestry. I have been busy helping our church reestablish our in-church youth programs following the 2 year hiatus due to COVID. I have been a parish delegate to Diocesan Convention for over 14 years, and currently serve on Diocesan Council as an appointed member by Bishop Smith. Participating on Diocesan Council has broadened my understanding of the Diocese’ needs, structurally, financially, and spiritually. In my adult life I have been a member of both small and large Episcopal churches and appreciate that each parish has its own unique needs. I believe we need to celebrate the Episcopal Church.
Outside of church I am a retired educator, spending 15 years teaching high school chemistry and 7 years as a district curriculum director.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
Episcopal doctrine is central to my spiritual life, and I believe I am being prayerfully called to apply for this opportunity. I deeply care for the present and future of the Episcopal Church and want our Diocese to be strong and grow spiritually. This requires a good Diocesan leadership. I believe my talents and background fit with the goals of the Diocesan Council and have a strong desire to focus my caring, prayer, voice, and energy to the work of Diocesan Council.
Through my work on Diocesan Council, I have learned to appreciate the importance of the Budget Committee. This committee must balance the requests of congregations and diocesan committees while working within the limitations of the diocesan budget. I believe my career and church backgrounds also provide me a with a good perspective for serving on the Diocesan Budget Committee.