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Offices & Candidates for Election

Nominations for elected offices to be voted upon at the 147th Annual Diocesan Convention, June 26th, 2021, must be submitted to the Secretary of Convention no later than noon on Friday, April 30th, 2021  in order to be assured inclusion in the pre-Convention packets supplied to deputies.

Late nominations will be accepted through noon on Friday, June 18th, 2021. Late nominations will be included in the Convention packets distributed to deputies at the time of Registration at the Convention, and names will be handled as write-ins on ballots.

Go to the online Nominations form.

About ballotting

We will be utilizing Election Runner software to handle balloting. We tested this software at Convention in 2018. You can learn more about this application and process at and download the free software for your mobile devices/tablets.

Candidate information will be posted below with its office, as it becomes available.

General requirements for diocesan offices: No person shall be eligible for election to any office at Convention, nor shall any person elected by Districts, or appointed to serve on Diocesan Council or other Diocesan Standing Committees, Commissions or Boards accede to that office, unless that person shall have first completed or arranged for the completion of anti-racism dialogues and anti-sexism training as approved by the Bishop after consultation with the Diocesan bodies responsible for each training. – (Diocesan Canon 2(5))

Communicant in good standing: All communicants of this Church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, are to be considered communicants in good standing. – (National Church Canons, I.17.3)

1) ACTS/VIM BOARD (12 members) (also administers funding grants through the Alleluia Fund)

To be elected: Class of 2024 - 1 clergy/2 lay members

Multiple nominations; require 2 clergy and 4 lay candidates.

Membership: The Diocesan Bishop; 3 clergy and 6 lay members elected by convention for a three year term; 3 clergy or lay members appointed by Bishop for a three year term. Two consecutive three year terms may be served.

Candidate expectations: attendance at four meetings a year when proposals are being considered for funding.  Two meetings between the second week in March and last week in April.  Two meetings between the second week in October and the last week in November. For the Alleluia Fund. Two or three site visits made to grant requesters in the spring and fall. Also, as needed, participation in at least two educational forums about ACTS/VIM around the diocese in the calendar year; e.g. district meetings, convention, workshops organized by ACTS/VIM.

  • Desirable, but not essential, experience: grant writing, reviewing grants, starting or expanding programs.


CLERGY Class of 2024

  • The Rev. Cathie Studwell - St. Bartholomew's, Ho-Ho-Kus

LAY Class of 2024

  • Brigid Dwyer - St. George's, Maplewood
  • Denneze Nelson - St. Agnes & St. Paul's, East Orange
  • Arnold Peinado - Christ Church, Short Hills

2) CONSTITUTION AND CANONS COMMITTEE (10 members and the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor)

To be elected: 10 members - (lay or clergy)

Multiple nominations; require 11 candidates; clergy or lay.

The committee serves from the adjournment of the convention at which it is elected until the adjournment of the next annual convention.  It reviews the Constitution and Canons and makes recommendations for the amendment thereof and reports to the convention on amendments proposed by others.  The committee also reviews Opinions of the Chancellor, as outlined in Canon 20.

  • The committee meets at the beginning of December to prepare for the annual convention, during convention as necessary, and when called into special session as described in Canon 20.
  • The Chancellor is a member ex officio and the chair.
  • Desirable, but not essential, experiences: church law, revising parish constitutions.


  • Thomas A. Bisdale - Grace Church, Westwood
  • Patricia Arlin Bradley - Holy Trinity, Hillsdale
  • T. Donald Cairns - St. Clement's, Hawthorne
  • The Rev. Kevin Coffey - Atonement, Fair Lawn
  • John C. Garde - Grace Church, Madison
  • Laura A. Russell - All Saints, Hoboken
  • John L Smith - Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, Newark
  • Bernice Vanderpool - Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City
  • John G. Webb, III - St. Luke and St. Mary, Hope and Belvidere
  • The Rev. Paul Yoon - St. Agnes', Little Falls

3) DISCIPLINARY BOARD (11 members: 6 clergy, 5 lay)

To be elected: Clergy Class of 2027 (1 for six year term)
To be elected: Lay Class of 2026 (1 for five year term)

One nomination necessary for each office.

The Disciplinary Board oversees matters of clergy discipline under Title IV of the Canons of the Episcopal Church.  Each diocese must have a Disciplinary Board.  The committee is made up of lay persons and priests and deacons. The members are elected by diocesan convention.  The Elected Members of the Disciplinary Board will be required to attend an organizational meeting of the Board tentatively scheduled for Tuesday February 12, 2019.


CLERGY Class of 2026

  • The Rev. Raul E. Ausa - Trinity, Allendale
  • The Rev. Kevin PJ Coffey - Atonement, Fair Lawn

LAY Class of 2025

  • Thomas A. Bisdale - Grace Church, Westwood


To be elected: Class of 2024 - 3 clergy/3 lay members

Council’s Canonical Responsibilities include: (Canon 5.4) 

a)    Analyze needs, determine primary concerns and program priorities, and develop goals and policy for the Diocese.

b)    Review and evaluate the program of the Diocese, set standards, gather and analyze data, and compare results with goals and policy.

c)    Establish such planning groups as the Council may deem appropriate to carry out its purposes and duties.

d)    Engage consultants and utilize resources sufficient to accomplish the planning process.

e)    Supervise the financial affairs of the Convention, including budgetary matters.

f)    Submit annually to the Convention a unified budget for the ensuing year to provide for the total operation of the Diocese.

g)    In the event the Convention fails to adopt a unified budget at its annual Convention, to provide for such a budget for the ensuing year in accordance with any general or specific mandates of the Convention.

h)    Adopt a working budget annually.

i)    Provide for the maintenance of sound and accepted business practices in the affairs of the Diocese,

j)    Give recognition to accredited organizations, institutions, and other activities of the Diocese and provide regulations whereby such recognition can be given.

k)    Approve ACTS/VIM, Ward J. Herbert and Congregational Growth and Development Fund grants.

l)    Together with the Diocesan Staff, to encourage the timeliness and accuracy of parochial reports.

Meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday evening of every month (Except July & August) and Council will meet in the various congregations of the Diocese. Meetings typically last from 6 – 8:30 pm and dinner is served.


CLERGY Class of 2024

  • The Rev. Raul E. Ausa - Trinity, Allendale
  • The Rev Deacon Nancy Hansen - Good Shepherd, Lincoln Park & Montville
  • The Rev. Kathryn King - St. Alban's, Oakland/Franklin Lakes
  • The Rev. Grant Mansfield - St. George's, Maplewood
  • The Rev. Deacon. Lorna Woodham - St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange

LAY Class of 2024

  • Larysa Cohen - St. Luke's, Montclair
  • Robert Cottingham, Jr. - Epiphany and Christ Church, Orange
  • Dennis J. Piccirillo - St. Dunstan's, Succasunna
  • Robert C. Ross - St. Agnes & St. Paul's, East Orange
  • Jerrick Rutherford - St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange
  • Vanessa Wigfall - Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, Newark
  • Ross Wisnewski - St. Mary's, Sparta


To be elected: Class of 2025 -  1 clergy/1 lay members

Multiple nominations; require 2 clergy and 2 lay candidates.

4 clergy and 4 lay members are elected by Convention for a four (4) year term. A maximum of eight (8) consecutive years may be served.

The Standing Committee is the Bishop's council of advice and the ecclesiastical authority when there is no bishop in charge. Additionally, the Committee:

- gives consent to elections and resignations of bishops;

- approves any encumbrance of real property and sale of real property;

- approves modifications or revisions of judicial sentences;

- recommends postulants for candidacy, candidates for ordination to the diaconate and deacons to be ordained priests.

  • Attendance is required at ten monthly meetings.
  • Currently the Standing Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at 12:30 p.m. The body is open to a time change to 7 PM (same day) as an accommodation to different schedules. Video conferencing is also an option that will be considered.
  • Committee assignments as required.
  • Desirable, but not necessary, experience: law, real estate, vestry/executive committee, diocesan groups.


CLERGY Class of 2025

  • The Rev. Robert F. Solon, Jr. - St. John's, Passaic
  • The Rev. Nathaniel Darville - St. Peter's, Essex Fells

LAY Class of 2025

  • Nerissa Boccino - St. Peter's, Morristown


To be elected: Class of 2024 - 1 clergy/1 lay members; vacancy, Clergy Class of 2022

Multiple nominations; require 2 clergy and 2 lay candidates.

The membership of the Chapter is as follows:

  • The Diocesan Bishop as President
  • Bishops
  • The Dean
  • Archdeacons, if any
  • 3 clergy & 3 lay persons elected by Convention for a one 3-year term
  • 3 clergy or 3 lay members appointed by the Bishop for a one 3-year term
  • 2 wardens, 1 treasurer, 1 clerk and 12 lay members elected from and by the congregation

Under the joint consolidation agreement and the Constitution of the Cathedral, the Chapter shall have the regulation, management and administration of temporal affairs of the Cathedral and the decision in such spiritual matters pertaining to its administration as may be referred to the Chapter by the Bishop or the Dean. Attendance is required at quarterly meetings. Desirable, but not necessary, experience: vestry, diocesan groups.

CLERGY Class of 2024

  • The Rev. Anthony Puca, Jr. - Holy Trinity, Hillsdale

LAY Class of 2024

  • John C. Garde - Grace Church, Madison


To be elected: Class of 2026 - 3 members (Clergy or Lay

The Trustees hold title to and administer the funds and real estate for the benefit of the Diocese.

  • Additional candidate requirement: must reside in the geographical area of the diocese.


  • Patrice Henderson - St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange


To be elected: 4 clergy deputies, 4 lay deputies, and 4 alternates in each order

All deputies and first alternates represent the diocese at the 2021 General Convention in Baltimore, MD (all expenses covered by the diocese).


One nomination necessary. Candidate requirement: Communicant in good standing.

The Secretary shall give notice of all Conventions as required by the Constitution, take Minutes of the proceedings, preserve the journals and records, attest the public acts of the Convention, and perform such other services as may from time to time be prescribed by the Canons or by the Convention.

The Secretary of the Convention shall also be a Secretary of the Diocesan Council.


  • John A. King - St. Andrew's, Harrington Park


One nomination necessary for each office. Candidate requirement: Communicants in good standing.

The Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer each shall give satisfactory security for the faithful performance of his/her duties. The Treasurer shall be entitled to a seat in the Convention and shall submit a statement of the accounts to each Annual Convention. The Assistant Treasurer shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Treasurer of the Convention.

The Treasurer of the Convention shall also be Treasurer of the Diocesan Council.


  • Samuel Reckford - Christ Church, Short Hills