2020 Nominee Positions

This page includes the positions to be filled by the 2020 Diocesan Convention, requirements for all candidates, and a job description for each position. To see the current membership of the Diocesan Committee on Nominations, visit the committee's page.

Nominations through the Committee on Nominations deadline is July 31 at midnight. Submit nominations here.

Nominations received after the deadline will not be accepted, individuals can be nominated from the Convention floor.

Nominators are expected to have reviewed and understand the duties of their nominees before making a nomination. Please carefully read the descriptions below. Click on the position to see the description:

Elect: 2 — one lay member and one clergy member, four year terms, term begins at end of Convention
Elect: 2 — at least 1 must be lay. Three year terms, term begins January 1, 2021
Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.
Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.


Requirements for service

A candidate must be an active member of an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California. If elected, to serve you must have:

  • Completed and/or be current in the anti-racism training offered by the Diocese of California.
  • Completed and/or be current in the Whole & Healthy Church training offered by the Diocese

Nominees: Submit biographical information and photo here

Note: It is not the practice of the Nominations Committee to edit or correct submitted nominee biographies.

Agreement to Serve (edited May 2017)


Term of office: 4 years
May not be reelected without at least one year break between terms
Elect: 2 — one lay member and one clergy member as annually required

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of California consists of four lay members and four clergy members of the diocese elected by the annual Diocesan Convention and authorized by the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church. Each year one new lay and one new clergy member are elected to replace retiring members. The Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of California specify membership, duties, and authority of the Standing Committee. One of the Standing Committee’s major responsibilities is to serve as the Bishop’s Council of Advice; the Canons also give the Committee broad responsibilities for oversight of diocesan affairs.

In addition to advising the bishop, the Standing Committee has responsibilities involving such varied matters as the disposition of property, the election and consecration of bishops, ecclesiastical discipline as defined in Title IV, and the approval of candidates for ordained ministry. Furthermore, the Standing Committee oversees the processes of diocesan governance. It is vital that each nominee have a history of working collaboratively with clergy and lay leaders that is reflective of the Diocese of California.

Qualities and competencies a nominee should have:

  • Experience of serving the diocese and a knowledge of the Diocese of California.
  • A working understanding of the polity of the Episcopal Church.
  • Good listening skills.
  • Ability to work with others in a collaborative manner.
  • Ability to deal with difficult and confidential matters in a non-anxious way.
  • Prayerful presence.

Other information:

Officers of the Standing Committee: President, Vice-President and Secretary have a monthly conference call or face to face meeting with the Bishop to prepare a portion of the Standing Committee Agenda.

Meetings currently are held at Grace Cathedral’s Chapter Room from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, but the Standing Committee is open to consider alternative meeting times and locations.

Time expectations:

  • Up to 2.5 hours a month for monthly Standing Committee meetings.
  • Up to 3 hours a month for liaison responsibilities with other committees.
  • Up to 5 hours a month in preparation and writing reports, depending on pending issues.


Term of Office: 3 years
May not be reelected without at least one year break between terms
Elect: 2 — at least 1 must 
be lay

Executive Council shares primary responsibility for planning and directing the temporal affairs of the diocese with the bishop and the Standing Committee, as provided by the constitution and canons of the diocese and of The Episcopal Church. Council acts for the diocesan convention between its annual meetings to implement the programs, policies and budgets convention approved. Additionally, Council serves as the board of directors of the diocesan corporation, exercising, except where canonically restricted, all the fiduciary responsibilities and powers of such a board under California law governing religious corporations. In consultation with the Department of Finance and the treasurer, Council oversees the management of the operating fund and of investments (including real estate), and develops prudent policies and procedures governing the use of diocesan funds.

The bishop is president of Council while the other members are elected to staggered three-year terms: two per deanery (one of whom must be lay), six at large by the Convention; the bishop has the right to appoint up to six members and the chancellor, treasurer, and secretary of the convention are ex officio members. Council officers are chair, vice chair, and secretary; we are elected by Council from among its elected members. It is vital that each nominee have a history of working collaboratively with clergy and lay leaders that is reflective of the Diocese of California.

Council meets monthly, typically in the late afternoon/early evening of the third Tuesday of the month. It also holds an annual retreat for planning purposes.

Qualities and competencies a nominee should have: experience and/or interest in the three areas of Council's responsibility: governance, finance, and long-range planning.

Other information: the council has recently implemented policies to facilitate full participation of a hearing impaired member and is committed to diversity and full inclusion in its membership. It is prepared to make any necessary accommodations for persons with disabilities where possible.

Time expectations: one 2 hour meeting per month at Grace Cathedral (free parking is available), an annual two-day retreat, and other conference calls related to subcommittee work.


Term of office: 1 year
May be reelected
Elect: 1 (any order)

At each Annual Convention, a Secretary shall be elected from among the members of the Convention or from communicants in good standing registered in a congregation of the diocese. The Secretary shall take office 60 days following the close of the Annual Convention at which such officer is elected and shall continue in office until 60 days following the close of an Annual Convention at which the Secretary’s successor is elected. The retiring Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of the minutes of every Diocesan Convention during which the Secretary was in office. Duties include:

  • The Secretary shall appoint one or more Assistant Secretaries. In the absence of the Secretary, the duties of that office shall be performed by a person appointed by the President of Convention. The Secretary shall send to the cleric in charge of each congregation in union with the Convention forms of certificates of election of Delegates and alternates at least 30 days prior to the time appointed for any Annual or Special Convention.
  • The Secretary shall cause minutes of the proceedings to be prepared, and, after they have been approved, recorded in a book, and shall preserve the journals and records, attest the public acts of Convention, and deliver to the incoming Secretary all books and papers relating to the Convention.
  • The Secretary shall send to the Secretary of the General Convention a certificate of the election of clerical and lay deputies and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be required of the Secretary by authority of the General Convention.
  • Finally, the Secretary is ex-officio a member of the Executive Council, the Committee on Credentials, and the Committee on Dispatch of Business, as well as serving as an advisor to the Committee on Nominations and the Committee on Resolutions.

Qualities and competencies a nominee should have: Good humor, fastidious attention to detail, organizational ability and capacity to communicate organizational processes to others.  Familiarity with parliamentary procedure is helpful.

Time expectations: A great deal of time is necessary for this post throughout the year, in supporting the process of developing convention business, as well as attending monthly meetings of the Executive Council.


1 year term
May be reelected
Elect: 1 (any order)

At each Annual Convention, a Treasurer shall be elected. The Treasurer of the Diocese shall be a communicant in good standing of the Episcopal Church and registered in a congregation of the diocese. The term of office of the Treasurer shall continue until the close of the next Annual Convention or until a successor is elected. When not a delegate to the Convention, the Treasurer shall, ex officio, be entitled to a seat and a voice in the Convention, but not to a vote.

The primary responsibility for the financial operations of the diocese is held by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the diocese, an employee of the diocese under the supervision of the Bishop. The Treasurer is an officer of the diocese and works closely with the diocese CFO, and serves as a financial advisor to both the Bishop and the CFO on all financial affairs of the diocese. The Treasurer is a member of the diocesan Executive Council, and attends the monthly meetings of this board to make monthly reports on the financial status of the diocese. The Treasurer also serves as the chair of the Finance Committee of the diocese, and chairs the monthly meetings of this committee. In addition, the Treasurer attends the meetings of the Investment Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Program & Budget Committee of the diocese (and normally serves as chair of the Program & Budget Committee). The Treasurer presents an annual report once a year at Convention on the financial affairs of the diocese, including the annual audited financial statements of the Diocesan Corporation and a report on the finances of the Corporation Sole.

Qualities and competencies a nominee should have: The Treasurer should have strong financial and accounting skills, and an ability to interpret, understand, and communicate information about the financial affairs of the diocese. The position also requires attendance at numerous monthly meetings during the course of the year and frequent interaction with the CFO of the diocese.

Time expectations: The time requirements for the Treasurer are considerable. The position requires attendance at numerous meetings during the year including: (1) monthly meetings of the Executive Council, (2) monthly meetings of the Finance Committee, (3) quarterly meetings of the Investment Committee, (4) periodic meetings of the Audit Committee and the Program & Budget Committee, (5) periodic meetings with the CFO and the Bishop, and (5) the annual Convention.