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June update from the Strategic Visioning Team

After an intense two months of work, the four working teams have completed their goal and initiative recommendations, which they have now forwarded to the Strategic Visioning Team to review, finalize and format into a final report by the end of June. After a review by the Bishop and Canon over the summer, the team will present the recommendations to the diocesan leadership in September.

On June 11, 2023, the Visioning team hosted a gathering at All Saints, Glen Rock to thank the members of the four working teams for their time and efforts this spring, as well as to celebrate all that the full team has accomplished throughout the visioning process. The members of the working teams include:

Children, Families, Youth, and Young Adults

  • Co-leader, the Rev. Carrie Cabush - Calvary, Summit
  • Co-leader, Nelson Diaz - Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, Orange
  • Co-leader, Belinda Stokes - St. Paul’s and Incarnation, Jersey City
  • Heather Allen - St. Clement's, Hawthorne
  • Anthony Briggs - Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center
  • Donna Caputo - Grace, Rutherford
  • Kathy DeWalt - St Lukes, Montclair
  • Militzia Diaz - Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, Orange
  • Susan Fuller - St Paul’s, Morris Plains
  • Dana Leach - St Peters, Essex Fells
  • Kristen Lee - Christ Church, Ridgewood
  • Althea Maynard - St. Paul’s and Incarnation, Jersey City
  • Paul Nobleman - St Lukes, Haworth
  • Holly Petro - Church of the Messiah, Chester
  • Tamra Petrona - St Agnes & St Paul’s, East Orange

Communications and Technology

  • Co-leader, the Rev. Mark Collins - All Saints’, Glen Rock
  • Co-leader, Janelle Grant - St. Paul’s, Paterson
  • Nerissa Boccino - St. Peter's, Morristown
  • Lynda Dickey - Christ Church, Hackensack
  • Nina Nicholson - Director of Communications and Technology; St. George’s, Maplewood
  • Thomas Reynolds - Christ Church, Bloomfield/Glen Ridge
  • Chris Whitaker - Christ Church, Short Hills

Congregational Collaboration

  • Co-leader, the Rev. Raul Ausa - Trinity, Allendale
  • Co-leader, the Rev. Vicki McGrath - All Saints’, Millington
  • Co-leader, Jewels Quelly - St. James, Hackettstown
  • The Rev. Canon Margo Peckham Clark - Canon for Congregational Life
  • Jill Commings - Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City
  • Mary DePinto - Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City
  • Merica Dermody - Church of the Messiah, Chester
  • Bernie Milano - Trinity, Allendale

Justice for People and Planet

  • Co-leader, the Rev. Miguel Hernandez - Holy Trinity West, Orange
  • Co-leader, Michele Simon - St. Paul's Church, Englewood
  • Co-leader, the Rev. Lorna Woodham - St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange
  • Jody Caldwell - Redeemer, Morristown
  • Paula Cappel - St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange
  • Rosie Grant - St. Paul’s, Paterson
  • Valyrie Laedlein - St. George’s, Maplewood
  • The Rev. Grant Mansfield - St. George’s, Maplewood
  • Laura Russell - All Saints, Hoboken
  • Marguerite Smith - St. Peter’s, Mountain Lakes

If you want more information about the visioning process, check out the Strategic Visioning page on the diocesan website.