Nominee bios for diocesan office; General Convention deputies

Here is a downloadable PDF of the Board of Trustees position description, Standing Committee position description and General Convention Deputy position description and nominee bios and statements.

Please note: all statements are written as nominees have submitted to the Office of the Bishop.

Board of Trustees 

(Two positions; either lay or clergy, three-year terms)

Mr. Myles Clarke
Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena
Nominated by: The Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga

I was raised in a rural evangelical church outside Valparaiso, Indiana. When I moved to California for college in 2004, I began to explore the wider church, and I was confirmed as an Episcopalian in my early twenties. Much of my journey in the church since then has been to accompany my wife Anne as she first worked at St. John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles, then attended seminary at CDSP in Berkeley, next moved to Sacramento to join our diocesan staff, and now has been called to Grace Church in St. Helena. At each stop, I’ve found my place and carried out my own ministry: vestry member in LA, spouses group leader at CDSP, newcomers' class teacher at St. Paul's Benicia, volunteer youth leader at St. Martin's Davis, and now co-leader for a new advocacy ministry in St. Helena. For our diocese, I've been an adult leader for the Pathways program for the past four years, and I served as a Deputy and the Assistant Secretary of the Committee on Stewardship and Socially Responsible Investing at the 2018 General Convention in Austin. No matter where I’ve been, it’s been my earnest desire to use the gifts God has given me to help build up the church. One of those gifts is that I've had many opportunities to see and learn from far-flung parts of our diocese doing their local work, something that I think could be helpful for a lay person on the Board of Trustees.

Ms. CeeCee Coleman
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Sacramento
Nominated by: The Rev. Michael Monnot

Charles Coleman brought me to the Episcopal Church, his church. I was thoroughly embraced. I learned what ALL ARE WELCOME means. Being from a Baptist background, I found the liturgy and traditions uncomfortable. I embraced them, realizing that I was one among a world of believers. Charles and I were married in 2001 at St. Andrews. Christmas 2005, we visited St. Matthews and found a place to serve the community. In February 2006, Charles died, leaving me a widow. St. Matthews became my strength and support. Helping people lessened my grief. I distributed groceries at the Food Bank, learning the needs of the community. I helped establish the Charles Coleman Health Outreach and joined the Outreach Committee. We provided guidance for the Food Bank, Clothes Closet, Health Outreach and Adult classes. God called and I answered. I filled roles on the Vestry as Treasurer, Clerk, Jr. and Sr. Warden. I served as a Eucharistic Visitor/Minister, Pastoral Caregiver, Preacher, EFM graduate/mentor and Alter Guild member. As my Episcopal roles evolved so did my career. I was a Park Ranger, PEER support and Homeless Navigator. Each brought me closer to neighbors helping those in need. I am in my final year as Senior Warden. I assisted the congregation transition from a Parish providing outreach to an Outreach Center with the heart of a Mission. I continue to serve on the Center @ St. Matthew’s Committee. Now, I believe I am called to help the Diocese as a Board of Trustees member.

Mr. Stan Forbes
Episcopal Church of St. Martin, Davis
Nominated by: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan

A third-generation Yolo County almond farmer as well as the owner of an independent bookstore, The Avid Reader in Sacramento, I have been a member of St. Martin's, Davis for 41 years. There, I have served on the Vestry, of which I am currently a member, including as Senior Warden. I served on the Board of Directors of Episcopal Community Services and completed EfM in 2008. In terms of educational background, I graduated from USC in 1969, earned a graduate degree in Russian and Japanese history from UCLA, and have a Doctorate of Law degree from Vanderbilt University. Prior to taking over the family farm, I was a corporate litigator in Richmond, Virginia. I had the opportunity to serve for ten years on the Davis School Board  and four years on the Davis City Council. Currently I serve on the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, which was created by California voters to eliminate gerrymandering in California, as one of fourteen members selected from 36,000 applicants. I am not married and have one son, Alex, who lives with his wife Julie and their two sons, Mason and Connor, near Annapolis, Maryland. My interests include reading, theology, hiking and classical music. I also like to think of myself as a decent Scrabble player. I very much seek to serve the Diocese as it works to enhance the Church's spiritual life and active presence in Northern California with its unique composition of rural and urban congregations.

Mr. Bill McGrath
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento
Nominated by: Rob Stoinoff

I have been an Episcopalian my whole life and an active participant in worship, outreach, and service to the church.I am a team player, enjoying working collaboratively with other members of a goal-oriented group. My background reflects this interest and ability.
Throughout my legal career, I was a problem solver.  Learning to actively listen to clients was paramount to any success I hoped to achieve. My practice frequently involved complex commercial problems, so I was often faced with having to think outside the box, especially when I was attempting a solution through arbitration, mediation or a trial to the court or jury.  Having the ability to clearly communicate the problem and my proposed solution was the key to a successful resolution. When I became a Beginning Experience team member, training included grief resolution, counseling, psychology, education and spiritual renewal.  The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are critical to the process, but it starts with a willingness to listen to the participant’s story without a reply idling in my head. For the Diocese of Northern California, I served on the Camp Noel Porter board (Director-Father Shaheen), 2004-2007; been a team member for 3 Cursillo weekends, 1997-2006; served on the Bishop’s Task Force on Camps and Conference Centers, Bishop Jerry Lamb, a two-year project, 2006-2008.  Final report was given at our Diocesan Conference, November 15+16, 2008, Bishop Barry Beisner presiding; at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2016-2017 Strategic Planning Project, I facilitated 5 groups of congregants and served as a recorder for a 5th group; and in 2018, I was elected to the vestry for Trinity Cathedral.

Mr. John Miller
All Saints Episcopal Church, Sacramento
Nominated by: Self

I am currently the office administrator of All Saint Sacramento where I have been a member since 2004 and have served as a chorister, Vestry member, Senior Warden, and diocesan convention delegate. I have served the diocese as a Board of Trustees member, Communications Committee member, Congregational Development Group Co-Chair, and Nominations Committee Chair. I have been through the College for Congregational development and have been invited to become a trainer in that program. I hold an M.Div from CDSP and a B.S. in Physics From Cal Poly SLO.


Ms. DonnaJo Woollen
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Mount Shasta
Nominated by: The Rev. Larry Holben

After years of searching I discovered my true church home at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in King City, California in 1999. When my husband and I moved to Mount Shasta after my retirement in 2005 we were graciously and warmly welcomed as members of the St. Barnabas Church family. We found the church to be true to its patron as a community of encouragement. I have served St. Barnabas Church as organist, verger, lay preacher, Sr. Warden, Mission Council member, Mission Council clerk, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic visitor, liturgist, and member of our congregational Commission on Ministry. My work in the Diocese has included Diocesan Commission on Ministry, Board of Trustees, and  Bishop Search Committee. I served as a delegate to the 2018 General Convention. I have learned many things through my involvement in the Diocese.  One important thing I learned was to take on one commitment at a time.The benefit of that bit of education is that I will devote my time and energy  to the Board of Trustees rather than spreading myself too thinly. I have also learned to speak up with my ideas and opinions even when they differ from the majority. I have come to realize that time spent in meetings must be supported by hours spent at home in preparation and prayer for the issues to be considered and for  the overall  work of the group. I will commit my time, energy, prayers, voice, faith, and service to the diocese as a lay  member of the Board of Trustees.

Standing Committee 

(One position each; lay & clergy, both four-year terms)

LAY NOMINEES:

Ms. Mary Ellen Ferguson
St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Carmichael
Nominated by: Mary R. Davy

I have been a member of St. Michael’s, Carmichael, since 1980. I have served on the vestry several times, was treasurer of the church and St. Michael’s Day School, served several terms on the St. Michael’s Day School board, and have been involved in many other lay ministries, including Altar Guild, fundraising, Eucharistic Visitor and other pastoral ministries. I worked in the offices of All Saints, Sacramento, and St. Michael’s, Carmichael, which provided me with exposure to the breath of the pastoral and administrative work in the parish and the relationship to the Office of the Bishop. On the diocesan level, I was part of the team that brought the concept of The Center at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church to the Diocesan Convention in 2016, and served as treasurer on The Center Committee until 2018. I have also been involved in the outreach efforts of St. Matthew’s Church and The Center since 2011. Most recently I served as the Ordinations Coordinator for the Office of the Bishop. My responsibilities included working with the Commission on Ministry to prepare for Discernment Weekends and insuring the files of those in the process were complete. I believe these varied experiences at the local and diocesan level have enhanced my gifts enabling me to be an asset on the Standing Committee. I look forward to the opportunity to use my skills and talents to serve Bishop Megan and to be a part of God’s continuing work in the Diocese of Northern California.

Mr. Gerard (Jerry) Paré
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento
Nominated by: Mary Paré

I have been actively involved in the life of the church all of my adult life. I have a B.A. in Religious Studies and two M.A.’s in Scripture and Theology. For the last twelve years I have been the Operations Manager at Trinity Cathedral. In this job I have been blessed to work closely with the Cathedral Vestry and Vestry Committees. This job also required that I become familiar with the Constitution and Canons of TEC and be able to advice others as to their content. This position has also involved working with many parishes and congregations throughout the EDNC as well as various diocesan committees and the Office of the Bishop. I have been involved in catechumenate ministry since 1980 at the parochial, diocesan and national levels. Some of that involvement was administrative; some working with leaders at the diocesan and national levels; and some pastoral. I served on the Trinity Cathedral CCOM and have been a reader of the diaconal exam papers. The last three – parochial catechumenate ministry, CCOM membership and reader all require the gift and skill of discernment, God has blessed me with opportunities to develop this skill and I hope to bring that to participation in the EDNC Standing Committee. I am retiring as Operations Manager at the end of 2019 and want to be more active in TEC leadership both at the diocesan and national levels.

Ms. Leta Parks
Church of Our Saviour, Placerville
Nominated by: The Rev. Debra Warwick-Sabino

I am a retired Family Court Judge, still licensed to practice law in Texas, although inactive. I am also a trained mediator  and arbitrator. I am also a retired adjunct professor of law. I have served on numerous civic and professional boards and have been the chair and president of several organizations. I have published and presented many articles on child welfare, substance abuse issues and legal issues. In the Church I have served as a licensed Eucharistic Minister, Worship Leader and Lector for 20 years.  I am an EFM  graduate. In the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California I have worked as an investigator, trained congregations in Safe Church practices, and currently serve on the Safe Church Committee, Diocesan Commission  on Ministry and chair the Resolutions Committee. I am an active member of Our Saviour in Placerville.

Mr. Chris Sanft
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento
Nominated by: Self

I have been a member of Trinity Cathedral since October 2000. I am currently serving my second term on the vestry. I am the President of the men's group at Trinity. I am a sacristan assisting with coordinating the sunday liturgy. I am the coordinator and scheduler of the Eucharistic Minister program at Trinity.




CLERGY NOMINEES:

The Rev. Seth Kellermann
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Grass Valley
Nominated by: Carol Scoffield

My wife, Tara, and I have been married for twenty-one years and we have four very active daughters. I have served as rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley since 2009. Before being called home to Northern California, I served in churches in the Dallas, Texas area. Prior to embarking on full-time ministry, I was a sergeant in the US Army serving with 2nd Ranger Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment (1999-2003). Within the diocese I have served on the Board of Trustees (2012-2015) where I was on the Missional Endeavors Task Force, Communications Committee, and also served as the vice president of the board. I also served on the Camp Noel Porter Board (2015-2017). For the last year I have been on the Standing Committee serving as the secretary. I am passionate about missions, church planting, evangelism, spending time with the Lord, and seeing people grow in their love and faith in Jesus Christ. I enjoy being with my family, coaching my kids in sports, and going on adventures.

The Rev. Matt Warren
Christ the King Episcopal Church, Quincy
Nominated by: The Very Rev. Canon Mary Hauck

Hello. My name is the Reverend Matt Warren, and I serve as Vicar of Christ the King in Quincy and as the Long-Term Supply Priest for Holy Spirit, Lake Almanor. I am a self­ proclaimed "tri-vocational" priest. In addition to serving our congregations in Plumas County, I am also an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Feather River College and a non-stipendiary chauffeur to our two children, Abby and John. In the past few years, I have been grateful to accept a variety of new roles within the Diocese. I currently serve as the Secretary of Convention and as the Chair of the Academic Committee-a group of lay and ordained volunteers whose primary mission is to help the Commission on Ministry evaluate the General Ordination Exam (GOE's). I also was proud to serve on the Bishop Search Committee. Youth and Children's Ministry has been a focus of my parish ministry and in my work within the Diocese and wider church. For years, I served as a visiting Chaplain at Camp Noel Porter, and this summer marked my fourth year as a Camp Chaplain at Camp Galilee in the Diocese of Nevada.

General Convention Deputies 

(Four deputies, four alternates for both lay & clergy)

LAY NOMINEES:

Ms. CeeCee Coleman
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Sacramento
Nominated by: The Rev. Michael Monnot

Christmas 2005, I visited St. Matthews and found a place to serve the community. 2006, I became a widow. Helping people lessened my grief. I joined the Outreach Committee providing guidance for the Food Bank, Clothes Closet and Health Outreach. I filled many roles including church Treasurer, Clerk, Sr. Warden, Pastoral Caregiver and Preacher. I helped St. Matthews transform from a Parish providing outreach to an Outreach Center with a heart of Mission. I continue to serve on the Center @ St. Matthew’s Committee. Now, I believe I am called to help as a General Convention Deputy.  

What they bring to the General Convention deputation: As Sr. Warden of St. Matthew’s, I led the congregation for its transition from Parish providing outreach to an Outreach Center with a heart of Mission. It required empowering the congregation to think differently and helping them to discern that the “traditional way of church” no longer worked at St. Matthews. We were inventing something new and we had to embrace newness while caring for the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the congregation.  I bring to General Convention an eagerness to learn from others experiences and adapting them to help our Diocese grow in our newness.


Mr. Jay Elmquist
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento
Nominated by: Self

I have been a member of Trinity Cathedral for about five years. I found a home in the Episcopal Church when I moved to Sacramento in 2015. In that time, I have served in the choir, as sacristan, and in adult formation. I also served as a member of the Bishop Transition Committee, taking the lead in planning and implementing the Walkabout process and helping in key areas of the consecration weekend. I have recently taken on the role of Director of Communications in the Office of the Bishop and look forward to a bright future for the Church.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation: I have a deep love for the Church. It is a part of the core of my being. I have young adult children and a granddaughter who show me all the time that the world is changing and that we must change with it. I also value the tradition and work of the generations that built this Church. It’s through both of these paths, and many others, that we must find a way to the future. I want to be your voice to help realize a vision that includes our future, bears witness to the past, and looks to Jesus.

Mr. Peter Juve
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Napa
Nominated by: The Very Rev. Sara Potter

I have served my parish as a Sunday School teacher, member of the Finance Committee, EfM mentor, member of The Table (our meal ministry to the Napa community) and Hearth Guild (support network for convalescing parishioners), and chair of our recent Profile Committee. I served the diocese as member of the Episcopal Foundation of No. California for six years, the last 3 as chair.  I currently serve as a committee member of the Investment Fund Committee. Within the Napa community, I serve as an advisory board member to a local Salvation Army organization providing services and work training programs to those dealing with homeless, addiction, food insecurity and emergency services in times of disaster.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation: I believe I am called to serve our diocese and Bishop Megan in this time of transition. I have been transformed by service to my community, parish and diocese. I relied on my  34 years in corporate accounting and finance to serve effectively within my community, parish and diocesan entities. As chair of my parish's Profile Committee, the importance of inclusion and welcoming all to the table, was a key factor to our parish's rector's search. Serving with the Investment Fund Committee informs on the importance of sound policy and procedures to safeguard and grow your assets. I believe stewardship and planned giving programs are crucial to maintain our presence in the world and spread the Word.

Mr. John Kraynak
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento
Nominated by: Self

My name is John Kraynak and I found the Episcopal church 18 years ago while on an exhaustive search for a new spiritual home. I was looking for an inclusive and affirming community that was more than just “welcoming.” I found it, and was rewarded handsomely. After retiring from a career in retail, it was in my large LA parish that I found an outlet for my well developed customer service skills while discovering my passion for serving teens and adults experiencing hunger and homelessness. Outreach is where I found my fit.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation: Seven years ago, I landed first at St. Martin’s, and then Trinity Cathedral, taking leadership roles in Outreach Ministries. The Wednesday dinner program and the Respite Center that meets every Friday, feeding and sheltering those that are dealing with homelessness are passion projects for me. I am passionate about making sure that the voice of the outsider is heard alongside those that are already at the table and I value bringing a new viewpoint or thought to the discussion. I’d like to be your voice in Baltimore to speak about those issues in the Diocese of Northern California.

Canon Charles R. Mack
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Woodland
Nominated by: Nancy E. Mack

I serve as Chancellor of the Diocese. I serve as ex-officio member and have served as elected member of the Diocesan Corporation and Diocesan Foundation. I have participated in restructuring the Diocese, its Endowment Trust, and its Foundation, developing safe church and lending policies, protecting congregational assets from those leaving the Church, and classifying net assets. I graduated from U.C. Berkeley and Berkeley Law and served as County Counsel of Yolo County for 34 years. I currently advise as its Assessment Appeals Board. I am a member of Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club. I am a Trustee of Yolo County Law Library.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation: I bring a strong sense of servanthood, the experience of a Deputy at four General Conventions, an understanding of the challenges facing the Church and this Diocese, and a willingness to use my lawyer’s skills to build one community speaking with various voices to God’s glory. As Deputy I have participated in shaping actions for marriage and gender equality and those revising the canons for clergy discipline. I am keenly interested in strengthening congregations and building a church and its liturgies that will meet the challenges of the future and serve as a reconciler in a time of division.

Mr. John Miller
All Saints Episcopal Church, Sacramento
Nominated by: Self

I am currently the office administrator of All Saint, Sacramento where I have been a member since 2004 and have served as a chorister, Vestry member, Senior Warden, and diocesan convention delegate. I have served the diocese as a Board of Trustees member, Communications Committee member, Congregational Development Group Co-Chair, and Nominations Committee Chair. I have been through the College for Congregational development and have been invited to become a trainer in that program. I hold an M.Div from CDSP and a B.S. in Physics From Cal Poly SLO. I was an alternate at the previous General Convention in Austin.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation: If elected, I would seek to represent the diverse needs of our diocese and The Episcopal Church. I would advocate and support placing greater focus on spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and supporting members in their faith journey, while streamlining our bureaucratic processes. I would personally commit to communicating the important issues being addressed by General Convention to the diocese before, during, and after GC80, and listening to your feedback and concerns. I have a passion for our liturgical tradition and would take special interest in resolutions seeking to align our worship with needs of all our congregations.

Mr. Gerard (Jerry) Paré
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento
Nominated by: Mary Paré

I have been actively involved in the life of the church all of my adult life. I have a B.A. in Religious Studies and two M.A’s in Scripture and Theology. During my formal education and since, I have gained considerable knowledge and experience in the polity of the Catholic denominations of the Church, especially that of TEC. My wife and I were received into TEC in 2003. I have been in a leadership role at Trinity Cathedral as Operations Manager since 2007 and am retiring at the end of 2019. I plan to remain active in church life during my retirement.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation: I have been actively involved in the TEC life since 2003, primarily at the parochial and diocesan levels. I have attended all of the EDNC Conventions since 2007, not as delegate but rather as an “ambassador” for Trinity Cathedral. I have been actively involved in catechumenal ministry since 1980 at the parochial, diocesan and national levels. I closely followed the discussion on Confirmation at the 2015 General Convention and am interested in being involved in General Convention committee work on issues involving Baptism and Confirmation. +Presiding Bishop Curry’s “The Way of Love” initiative includes this ministry. The EDNC is in a position to become a national leader in catechumenal ministry and I want to be able to represent us in those efforts.

Ms. Anne Seed
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Benicia
Nominated by: The Rev. Annie Pierpoint Mertz

May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. I was baptized as an infant and confirmed as a teen in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of San Joaquin. My faith was formed. Many years later my faith took root at St. Paul’s, Benicia.
And as a result of my attendance at Cursillo in 2001, my faith blossomed. My “faith in action” at St. Paul’s includes several terms on Vestry, Stewardship Chairperson, Altar Guild Director, Lector, Christian Education and involvement with newcomers. My involvement at the Diocesan level has included several terms as an elected lay delegate.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  Faith: My faith is firm.
Organization: I am highly organized. Church politics: I actually enjoy them. Communication: A strength. Hope: I am always hopeful. Team player: Yes. Vision: On a good day, I can see the big picture. Detail oriented: Oh my goodness, yes. Inclusive: I strongly believe “All Are Welcome” in the Episcopal Church. Disagreements: We can disagree and still be brothers and sister in Jesus Christ. Introvert: I am quiet and like to hear what others have to say. Perfect: Absolutely not!

 

Ms. DonnaJo Woollen
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Mount Shasta
Nominated by: The Rev. Larry Holben

As an organist and single parent I supplemented my income by providing music for many different churches. Each church had qualities to which I responded but when I discovered the Episcopal Church I knew I was home. My involvement in St. Barnabas Church has included playing the organ, of course, and also serving as liturgist, Eucharistic Visitor, Eucharistic Minister, verger, Sunday School teacher, lay preacher, and Senior Warden.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  My first General Convention was a learning experience. I was stretched as I encountered new ideas, new solutions to old problems, and fellow Episcopalians from all over the country. I learned how to be an effective delegate, how to best serve the Diocese of Northern California and St. Barnabas Church, and how to negotiate the many opportunities General Convention provides. I learned to choose just one issue as my focus. That focus will come out of my conversations with the congregants of St. Barnabas Church. When I return from General Convention those conversations will flower into new understandings and actions.

CLERGY NOMINEES:

The Rev. Canon Beatryce “Cookie” Clark
Church of the Epiphany, Vacaville
Nominated by: The Very Rev. Mack Olson

I am a member of the Church of the Epiphany, Vacaville and have been active in the Diocese since 1975. I am a retired IRS Revenue Agent. I have been deacon at the Church of the Epiphany since 2004. I am a current member pf the Standing Committee, in the past I have held the following diocesan positions: President, Standing Committee (2017-2019); Archdeacon (2009-2017); Diocesan Treasurer (1992-2000); Deputy, General Convention: (1997- 2012); and served on the Corporation  and  Diocesan Council. I am also Diocesan Chaplain for the Daughters of the King.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  Because of my extensive background in meeting with various congregants and leaders in the diocese, I will bring a unique perspective to the deputation. I believe I have visited every congregation in the diocese both as Treasurer and Archdeacon. I am open to all perspectives. spend a lot of time listening when I am with people of various opinions. I think I can represent the diocese as a whole.

The Rev. Paul Colbert
Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek
Nominated by: Self

I haved served as Priest-in-charge of Trinity, Sutter Creek for the past year. I am involved with the Diocesan lntercultural Ministries Commission. I have been involved with church governance in three dioceses since ordination. I have served on the Diocesan Council (Trustees) in Nevada and San Joaquin. I also served on the joint Disciplinary Board for the four dioceses in Northern California for six years, two of which were as president. I served as Deputy to General Convention from Nevada in 2006, and as Deputy from San Joaquin in 2012 and 2015.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  The structures and canons should be designed with boundaries allowing us to share a common structure and with local variations. They should be a framework which allows grace to flow.I have been involved with liturgical renewal since the mid-60s and recognize the ongoing need for liturgical renewal, with connections to our tradition. I have been tracking the changes in clergy discipline since revisions were proposed in 2003. We have made strides but still need to allow for grace and amendment of life in our dealings.

The Rev. Robin Denney
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Napa
Nominated by: Self

Before becoming rector of St. Mary’s, Napa, I was an associate at St. Cross, Hermosa Beach. I worked as a church planter in El Camino Real, on a bilingual emerging church. Previously I was an Episcopal missionary in Liberia and South Sudan, doing agricultural development work. I did my master’s thesis on moving from paternalism in mission to life-giving relational mission engagement. In El Camino Real, I was part of the Continuing Indaba delegation which fostered understanding in the Anglican Communion through diocesan partnerships. I also represented TEC as a delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  I am passionate about cross-cultural ministry, relational mission, and working globally and locally at the same time, to increase our understanding and build up the Kingdom. My engagement with the worldwide Anglican Communion has inspired me and built me up for ministry. As a rector, I am also firmly grounded in a local context, working together with my congregation to live out our faith. As a millennial, I am particularly interested in the future of our church, as we seek to live into the next age of who it is God is calling us to be.

The Very Rev. Daniel Green
St. John's Episcopal Church, Petaluma
Nominated by: Clif Hill

I came to Northern California in 2010 from the Diocese of El Camino Real, where I was on the Commission on Ministry. As rector at St. John’s, Petaluma, I have led the renewal of the congregation after a period of conflict and schism. I was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2013, and served on the Employee Practices and Benefits Committee. Since 2014, I have been Dean of the Russian River Deanery. I have been a leader in our evolving conversation about Latinx ministry, and since 2017 I have coordinated our Companion Diocese relationship with Honduras.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  I would bring the following gifts to this ministry: the perspective of my work in healing and renewal of congregations in conflict and decline; interest in and experience of Latinx ministry and the church outside the United States; experience with the church’s response to climate change-related disaster, and an appreciation of the urgent need for local adaptation and community resilience; experience of the challenges and rewards of moving from centralized and hierarchical models of church to grass-roots networks for ministry and mission; passion for healthy spiritual formation of clergy and lay leaders.

The Rev. Kenn Katona
St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Rancho Cordova
Nominated by: John Miller

Originally from Pittsburgh, I see myself as a spark plug in the church; hoping to energize, and bring a fresh vision of God’s heart for St. Clement's our diocesan community. Those who have witnessed me at work have said that I have an entrepreneurial spirit while my enthusiasm is contagious. Ultimately though, whether I am at home with my wife Theresa and son Leonardo, or standing on the sidewalk outside of St. Clement's in Rancho Cordova holding a "Free Coffee" sign, It is my hope that I am able to serve and honor Jesus Christ in all I do.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  This would be my second General Convention, and while I was an observer my first time around, I feel that some familiarity with the process would aid in my ability to serve. My experience working with churches that are rebuilding has given me a unique perspective of the challenges the church faces in not only staying relevant, but also in keeping our doors open as we look to the future. I am aware of the difficulties many of our parishes face on a day to day basis, and hope to work with and learn from others as we explore possible solutions and initiatives that could impact the church nationwide. I would very much look forward to connecting with others who are making headway in establishing a path for sustainability for the our Church.

The Rev. Betsey Monnot
Office of the Bishop, Sacramento
Nominated by: The Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga

I was ordained in 2002 and have served in this diocese ever since. For two years I was on the Bishop’s staff, working primarily with smaller congregations and also with baptismal ministry and congregational development. I currently serve on the Commission on Ministry and as chair of its Formation Committee. From 2006 through 2017 I served at All Saints, Sacramento. I was a Deputy to General Convention in 2006 and an Alternate Deputy 2009. I have also served on the Congregational Development Group, the Ecclesiastical Court, and as chair of both the Resolutions Committee and the Reconciliation and Dialogue Team.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  For the past two years I have worked primarily with the small churches of our diocese. I have learned about the many blessings they hold and the challenges they face. As a Deputy, I would bring this experience, coupled with my ability to look at the whole system of the diocese and the wider church and to consider strategies that will help us all move deeper into the heart of God as we follow Jesus. A Deputy needs to work with details of legislation: my experience has demonstrated my capabilities with details as well as with vision and strategy.

The Rev. Michael Monnot
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Sacramento
Nominated by: The Very Rev. Mack Olson

Born and raised in northern California, I worked in the graphics and publishing industries after college. After serving as a youth group leader, I was ordained a priest in 2005. Since 2006, I have served at All Saints in Sacramento, first with my wife as Co-Rector, then as sole Rector. In the Diocese, I have served as Chair of the Campus Ministry Commission; as a member and now as Vice-President of the Diocesan Board of Trustees; as Chair of the St. Mathews Center Committee; and as of August as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  As the the Rector of a small/medium size congregation, I am on the front line, dealing with church growth and decline every day. I believe that our job is to bring the message of Jesus – as received by this church and tradition – to a society that desperately needs it. I have significant institutional experience, but I do not believe that the institution should simply serve itself. Serving the Gospel is the reason our church must grow. I love and believe in our church, and the spirituality our tradition represents. That is what I want to contribute to General Convention.

The Rev. Lew Powell
St. John's Episcopal Church, Chico
Nominated by: The Very Rev. Richard Yale

I serve on the staff of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Chico as a deacon. I was ordained to the diaconate on November 20, 1999 in the Diocese of California. I moved to the Diocese of the Rio Grande in 2000. I served at St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church and was the Convener of the Deacons (Archdeacons) until 2010. I have served on the Board of Trustees in the Diocese of Northern California. I am a member of the Commission for Intercultural Ministries and I am the Indigenous Missioner for the Diocese. I am a dormer member of the Executive Council Committee for Indigenous Ministries. I have served as a Clergy Deputy to General Convention 2018 and was assigned to the Legislative Racial Reconciliation Committee. I serve on the Creation Care and Environmental Racism Task Force of General Convention.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  I bring to the position as a deputy to General Convention my Love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is closely followed by my love for God’s “Beloved Community” and the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. It has been my great honor to serve in various leadership positions in the Diocese and across the greater Church. I appreciate and respect the polity and structure of the Episcopal Church. I know how to work across lines of conflict and am not afraid to propose concepts that enrich the life and ministries of the Church. I have represented The Episcopal Church as an indigenous clergy elder at two Anglican Indigenous Network Conferences.

The Rev. Jim Richardson
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento
Nominated by: Self

I’ve lived most of my life in Northern California. I love this region to the core of my soul. My wife, Lori, and I were active at Trinity Cathedral before I was raised up for ordination in the 1990s. Over the years, I have celebrated, preached and/or worshipped in 38 of our congregations in this diocese. I have served on both the Diocese Council and Corporation in the 1990s and was the coordinator for Education for Ministry. I am currently a member of the Standing Committee that oversaw the election and transition of our new bishop. As a priest, I have served on the Cathedral staff, and then was rector of a church in Charlottesville, Virginia, before returning to become the priest-in-charge at Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. I am currently the Interim Dean of Trinity Cathedral.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  We have so much to offer our very hurting and wounded world if only the world knows we are here. General Convention is the highest governing body of The Episcopal Church, and it is therefore the locus for how our church brings the message of Christ’s inclusive love to the world. I have served as an alternate deputy at four General Conventions since 1997. I’ve also been a volunteer writer for the newsletter published daily online at General Convention. I know the ropes. I would be honored to represent our diocese as a Deputy at General Convention.

The Rev. Matt Warren
Christ the King Episcopal Church, Quincy
Nominated by: The Very Rev. Canon Mary Hauck

Hello. My name is the Reverend Matt Warren, and I serve as Vicar of Christ the King in Quincy and as the Long-Term Supply Priest for Holy Spirit, Lake Almanor. I am a self­ proclaimed "tri-vocational" priest. In addition to serving our congregations in Plumas County, I am also an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Feather River College and a non-stipendiary chauffeur to our two children, Abby and John. In the past few years, I have been grateful to accept a variety of new roles within the Diocese. I currently serve as the Secretary of Convention and as the Chair of the Academic Committee-a group of lay and ordained volunteers whose primary mission is to help the Commission on Ministry evaluate the General Ordination Exam (GOE's). I also was proud to serve on the Bishop Search Committee. Youth and Children's Ministry has been a focus of my parish ministry and in my work within the Diocese and wider church. For years, I served as a visiting Chaplain at Camp Noel Porter, and this summer marked my fourth year as a Camp Chaplain at Camp Galilee in the Diocese of Nevada.

What they bring to the General Convention deputation:  A 2014 Study found that the majority of Episcopalians worship in small, "family sized" congregations of seventy-five people or less. In fact, congregations with fewer than thirty-five people make up the largest bloc of weekly Sunday attendance. Yet the majority of deputies to General Convention represent larger, Program and Corporate sized parishes. As a Deputy to General Convention, I would bring the hopes and concerns of smaller, rural congregations to our joint discernment. I feel that the perspective of smaller congregations is often unconsidered at the national level, and it is my sincere hope that our Diocesan Deputation would reflect the diversity of size and ministry contexts within our Diocese.
 

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