Position: Standing Comittee

Position Description

The Standing Committee:

  • Serves as the Bishop’s Council of Advice, bringing diocesan concerns to the Bishop’s attention and responding to the Bishop’s own thoughts and concerns.
  • Deals with property matters. All parish decisions to sell or encumber property must be approved by the Standing Committee.
  • Gives consent to candidacy and ordination of deacons and priests and to the election of bishops in other dioceses of the Episcopal Church.
  • Is involved with disciplinary matters pertaining to clergy.
  • Designs and manages the search and election process when a new bishop is needed.


Standing Committee members serve for a four-year term. Members are expected to commit to working collaboratively with the Bishop for the welfare of the Diocese. Occasionally, members are asked to attend Diocesan regional meetings. Lay Standing Committee members must be adult communicants of the Episcopal Church in good standing. Clerical members must be entitled to a seat at Diocesan Convention.

The Standing Committee meets at 9:45 am at Trinity Commons on the third Monday of the month, except in December, when the meeting is usually one week earlier. Meetings are usually, but not always, adjourned by 12:30 pm.  With the consent of the President of Standing Committee, members who live some distance from Cleveland may, on occasion, join the meeting via conference call.

To assist transition, the November Standing Committee meeting begins with a joint session between outgoing and newly-elected members immediately following the close of Convention. New members also receive a summary of the previous year’s minutes.

Gifts, Experiences and Skills:

The Diocese will benefit from Standing Committee members who are constructive; who know both when to listen and when to speak; and who will respect the diverse views both of this body and of the diocese. The Standing Committee benefits from having members drawn from parishes that are diverse in size and location.

Recent Accomplishments:

Recently, the Standing Committee has discussed the value of regional confirmations; worked with the Commission on Ministry to continue improving the care of those in the ordination process; consented to various episcopal elections throughout the Episcopal Church; and consented to parish requests to alienate church property.

Continuing Members of the Standing Committee

Mr. Dennis Coughlin, St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights
Mr. Greg Daniels, Christ Church, Hudson
Ms. Deborah Shamlin, St. Paul's, Canton
The Rev. Joseph L. Ashby, Grace, Mansfield
The Rev. Gayle L. Catinella, St. John's, Youngstown
The Rev. Christopher R. McCann, St. Luke's, Chardon

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

Candidates for Standing Committee

Elect one lay and one clergy for four-year terms: