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Diocesan Council

The Diocesan Council is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the diocesan program and budget. Between diocesan Conventions, the Council functions much like the “vestry” of the diocese, establishing policies and programs for congregational management in the form of business policies and practices. The Council screens and acts on all requests for capital funding and grants. The Diocesan Council is also responsible for the initiation and development of new work between sessions of the Annual Convention. Council members may be asked to serve on an additional diocesan commission or committee. Meetings of Council are held on the third Thursday afternoon seven times each year.

For a full description, please choose this link: Position Descriptions

Members of Diocesan Council

Term Expires 203rd Convention (2019)

  • The Rev. Alex Barton
  • Dr. Raymond W. Cox, III
  • Ms. Karen Neilsen (Summit Mission Area Representative)
  • The Rev. Rose Ann Lonsway
  • Ms. Anna Sutterisch
  • Open (Unexpired term - clergy)
  • Mr. Tom Wells ( North Central Mission Area Representative)
  • Open (Southeast Mission Area Representative)

Term Expires 204th Convention (2020)

  • The Rev. John Drymon
  • The Rev. Mike Floyd
  • Ms. Ute Lindenmaier Vilfroy
  • Mr. Doug Skladan
  • Open (Cuyahoa Mission Area Representative)
  • Open (South Central Mission Area Representative)
  • Open (West Mission Area Representative)

Term Expires 205th Convention (2021)

  • The Rev. Sharon Williams
  • The Rev. Kelly Aughenbaugh
  • Ms. Dianne Audrick Smith
  • Mr. Hugh Grefe


  • The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., Bishop of Ohio
  • Mr. Tom Austin, Treasurer
  • Ms. Barbara Jones, ECW President


  • Mr. William A. Powel, III, Canon to the Ordinary
  • Ms. Eva Cole, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Bishop

2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

December 1-2, 2017

January 18, 2018

February 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

May 17, 2018

June 21, 2018

September 20, 2018

October 18, 2018

Diocesan Council Minutes

The approved minutes from Diocesan Council meetings are available for review by contacting Eva Cole in the Office of the Bishop.