Elizabeth Barker

Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:

I have been living out my baptismal vows on several levels. First, in the community, I have been active in my work as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In my parish I am a member of the choir, a Stephen Minister, a Lay Reader and a Lay Eucharistic Minister. I am also an EFM graduate and I co lead our post EFM group as we read and continue to develop our spiritual lives. I am also a Parish Nurse and co-write a monthly Wellness Column for our newsletter, The Breastplate. I share our columns with our Diocesan ERS group. I am also a Delegate from St. Patrick’s Dublin to DSO convention In the Diocese, I am a member of the Diocesan Council and Second Vice President of the Proctor Board. Each of these posts open pathways for enhancing our Becoming Beloved Community development. I am a Lay Deputy to General Convention. During my activities as a Commanding Officer in the United States Navy and, after retirement, as a Professor at The Ohio State University, I trained as a mediator. Even during “retirement” I am active and strive to be of service.

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

My baptismal vow to “…seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself” and “..to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being” is the impetus for me to apply for this position. I have been on the Diocesan Disciplinary Board for the past several years. I believe my experience as a Naval Officer, Health Care Professional and Educator, combined with my training as a Mediator qualify me for the position. I believe that all these experiences have shown me that God is calling me to use these skills rightly and with compassion and fairness.