Spencer Pugh

Spencer Pugh

Spencer Pugh 150 150 Diocese of Southern Ohio Annual Convention
Spencer Pugh

St. Anne’s, West Chester

Nominee for Lay Deputy to the 81st General Convention
Please describe your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community

I am a life-long Episcopalian and have been active in four different dioceses: Southwest Virginia, California, Rochester, and now, for the last 17 years, in Southern Ohio. I am currently a member of St. Anne in West Chester. At the parish level, I have served on two different Vestries, been Junior and Senior Warden, and worked on many parish committees. I led a Diocesan Stewardship Commission for three years (in the Diocese of Rochester) and chaired a national stewardship conference. I have been a Lay Eucharistic Visitor and am active now as a Stephen Minister, a Stephen Leader, and a Licensed Lay Preacher. I have been a member of the Diocesan Commission on Ministry and, for the past seven years, had the honor of serving as the chair of that Commission; my term on the CoM ends this November. In 2021, I was a facilitator for a multi-parish Sacred Ground group. This past summer, I served as a Deputy to General Convention in Baltimore MD. I have recently begun a term on the Board of Directors of Bexley-Seabury Seminary. Other than church, I have been active in the Boy Scouts and have served as a Scoutmaster. In my professional life, by training I am a Ph.D. chemist and I have worked 37 years in technical and leadership roles in several businesses. At this time, I am retired from full-time employment but work part-time for a start-up and also do some consulting and teaching. For my personal life, I’ve been married 41 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

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

Grace and Gratitude. Even though my resume is full of accomplishments, what’s not visible is what’s truly important. The set-backs and re-directs that weave throughout my life are what bring me to this calling. A major illness in my 30s led me to be a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, after being on the receiving end for many weeks of hospital visits. A business disruption that led to a job change and move taught me the importance of embracing new beginnings and the power of welcoming communities – and that led to EfM, Lay Preaching, and Stephen Ministry. Being laid-off at age 57 gave me the opportunity to reflect and re-prioritize – and then use that new-found wisdom to help others. Matthew 6:25-34 was my touchstone during that transition, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…” and I believe it still guides me today. More recently, because of the work of Becoming Beloved Community, I have become aware of the unearned benefits in my life and of the need to be active in addressing racial justice. If you select me, please know I will bring to the role of Lay Deputy to the General Convention a practical mix of experience, wisdom, and faith. In addition, because I served as a Deputy this past summer, I now understand better what is involved and will be more effective in the role. But most of all, I am aware that I have experienced much Grace and I seek to give back out of Gratitude. Thank you.