Position: Diocesan Council

Position Description

The Diocesan Council:

  • Serves as an advisory group to the Bishop and the Diocesan staff on financial and other matters.
  • Oversees the development of the Diocese’s operating fund budget and recommends the budget to Diocesan Convention for approval.
  • Provides guidance and oversight for the Diocese between conventions.
  • Works in committees to support Diocesan staff and Diocesan ministries.
  • Serves as liaisons to parishes of the Diocese.


Diocesan Council members serve for a three-year term; some are elected by Convention and others by the Mission Area Councils. Members are expected to participate actively in Diocesan Council meetings; to serve as liaisons to one or more Council committees that address spiritual and material stewardship oversight of various ministries; Lay Council members must be confirmed adult communicants of the Episcopal Church in good standing. Clerical Council members must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Ohio.

Diocesan Council meets approximately eight times each year. One meeting, usually held the first weekend of December, is a Friday night/Saturday meeting. Most other Council meetings are held at Trinity Commons usually on the third Thursday of the months of January, February, March, May, June, September and October from 12:30 pm-4 pm.

Gifts, Experiences and Skills:

The Diocese will benefit from Diocesan Council members who can see the big picture; have interpersonal and communications skills that help create a collegial, accountable environment; possess a general working knowledge of basic financial matters; and the structure of the Episcopal Church. Diocesan Council members should be committed to fostering the welfare of all parishes and affiliated ministries in the Diocese.

Recent Accomplishments:

IIn addition to preparing and recommending the operating fund budget, in the past year, Diocesan Council reviewed the Mission Area structure, and has focused its attention on three areas for further attention: racial understanding, evangelism and spiritual formation.  Council has actively monitored the Camp & Retreat Ministry capital campaign.

Continuing Members of Diocesan Council

Mr. Raymond Cox, Church of Our Saviour, Akron
Mr. Hugh Grefe, Trinity, Toledo
Ms. Diane Hexter, Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland
Ms. Karen Neilsen, St. Timthy's, Macedonia
Ms. Anna Risch, Church of the Ascension, Lakewood
Mr. Tom Wells, Christ Church, Huron
The Rev. Christopher A. Coughlin, St. John's, Cuyahoga Falls
The Rev. Shawn Dickerson, St. James' Church, Boardman
The Rev. Ann Kidder, St. Christopher's by the River, Gates Mills
The Rev. Rose Anne Lonsway, Grace Church, Willoughby
The Rev. Peter W. Nielsen, St. Peter's, Ashtabula

Click here to apply for this role using the online Nominations form. 

Candidates for Diocesan Council

Elect two lay and two clergy for three-year terms: