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Stories from the Journey - Joining God in Shaping Our Future

Nominations for elected offices to be voted upon at the 143rd Annual Diocesan Convention, January 27-28, 2017, must be submitted to the Secretary of Convention no later than noon on Friday, December 2, 2016 in order to be assured inclusion in the pre-Convention packets given to deputies.

Late nominations will be accepted through noon on Friday, January 20, 2017. Late nominations will be included in the Convention packets distributed to deputies at the time of Registration at the Convention.

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 as approved by the Bishop after consultation with the Diocesan body responsible for overseeing anti-racism dialogues. – (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 (13 members)

To be elected: Class of 2020 - 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 of the full board when proposals are being considered for funding for ACTS/VIM and the Alleluia Fund.  Two meetings are held between the second week in March and last week in April for ACTS/VIM grants.  And later in the year, two meetings are held between the second week in September and the last week in October for the Alleluia Fund grants. In addition to the meetings, two or three site visits are made to grant requesters in the spring and fall. 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.

LAY CANDIDATES

Paula Rosemond CappelPaula Rosemond Cappel - St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South OrangeVestry Member; Stewardship Campaign Chair (2 consecutive years), Junior Warden; Senior Warden (Presently)
My walk with Jesus began at The Convent of the Good Shepherd, and  Youth Ministry of St. George’s Cathedral, Georgetown, Guyana.  In the United States, I continued my fellowship through worship and commitment to community at St. Andrew and Holy Communion serving as an usher, stewardship campaign chair, and vestry member. An educator by profession teaching elementary scholars, and a volunteer  GED  instructor. I am eager to serve on   ACT/VIM bringing my repertoire of skills in literacy, fundraising and community building.

Kirk PetersenKirk Petersen - St. George's, Maplewood
My ACTS/VIM work would be informed by my broad knowledge of how churches function. At St. George's, Maplewood, I’ve served on the vestry and finance committee, and I led the property committee during a $200,000 emergency heating replacement. I’ve also been employed as parish administrator at Grace Madison, and as communications director at Christ Church, Ridgewood. My successful grant writing experience enabled the diocese to hire and retain a coordinator for missional church strategy.


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.

CLERGY CANDIDATES

The Rev. Dean WeberThe Rev. Dean Weber - All Saints', Leonia
I'm seeking office because of my desire to give generously of my time and talent to a Diocese that has sustained me as a priest for 14 years.  I am a member of Constitutions and Canons, bringing significant experience to its work, including a career in the law before ordination.  I have served as a Trustee, as Diocesan Chancellor and on the Rules Committee.  In the community I chair the Englewood Hospital Pastoral Care Committee.

The Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye Wilson

The Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye Wilson - St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange
It has been my joy to serve on the Constitutions and Canons Committee for the last few years, though have never met.  Having worked on Canons and Constitutions nationally, I look forward to another opportunity to serve.

LAY CANDIDATES

Thomas A. BisdaleThomas A. Bisdale - Grace, Westwood
I have served on the committee when eligible since 1999 and would like to apply that experience going forward. I am also a member of the Disciplinary Board, have served on Diocesan Council and hold or have held leadership positions at the Diocesan and parish levels. Member of NY and NJ bars.

Richard Bollon

Richard Bollon - St. John's, Passaic
I believe in God. Je crois en Dieu. I am a an attorney. Je suis avocat.

 

T. Donald Cairns - St. Clement's, Hawthorne
I am a long time member of St. Clement's Hawthorne.  Past Warden, Vesry, LEM,EFM,,Curcillo, Crossroads, Dio Council. Convention Deputy.  Retired High School Business teacher. I would like to continue to serve.

John C. GardeJohn C. Garde - Grace, Madison
Attorney and Partner McCarter & English (30 years); Trustee and President, Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark (2001 to present); Vice Chancellor, Vestry member and Warden Grace Madison, 2009 to present, Member Committee on Constitutions and Canons. As a lawyer and participant in the Church and the local and Diocesan level I would like to remain a member of this important committee as the church grapples with the many challenges that its faces in its operation, program and structure.

J. David Healy - St. Agnes', Little Falls
I am currently junior warden at St. Agnes after serving on the vestry.  Member of the New Jersey Bar Association. I was formerly employed by the Federal government in Washington, DC.   I have extensive experience with intercity social problems  I hold a doctorate from Drew University and attend the Newark School of Theology.   One of my areas of concentration has been church history.  I would like to put my legal and administrative background to the service of God and the Diocese.

Joe LaVelaJoe LaVela - St. Paul's, Chatham
I would like to join the Constitution & Canons Committee because I have extensive germane experience professionally and in the Church   As former compliance counsel for a large multinational company, I drafted, reviewed and revised many company compliance policies and procedures.  As Senior Warden, I led a recent revision of our parish by-laws and drafted various parish policy documents, and as member of the Diocese’s Commission on Ministry, I drafted updates and revisions to our Guidelines for Priestly Ordination in conformity with National and Diocesan Canons.

Ford Livengood - Christ Church, Newton
I am the Church Attorney. In the parish I have served as warden and have chaired a committee the revise the parish by laws.On the diocesan level I have served on the Commission on Ministry and the Ecclesiastical Court. I am currently advising a Hearing Panel on a disciplinary matter in a neighboring diocese.

I believe my experience qualifies me for membership on this committee.
 
Brenda C. ShermanBrenda C. Sherman - Grace, Nutley
I am a Paralegal at the law firm of McCarter English, LLP,  Elected Board Member of  the Township of Nutley’s Board of Education, a Member of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark’s Standing Committee, Member of the Constitution and Canons Committee, Recording Secretary to the Trustees of The Episcopal Fund & Diocesan Properties, Part-Time Parish Administrator at St. Thomas Church in Lyndhurst,  Trustee/Secretary to the Board of the Nutley Episcopal Senior Housing, and lifelong member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Nutley.  My professional, church, and community experience provide me with the necessary foundation to create sustainable order cognizant of a challenging world we live in.  I ask for your support for election to the Constitution and Canons Committee.  Thank you.
 

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

To be elected: Clergy Class of 2023 (1 for six year term)

To be elected: Lay Class of 2022 (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 7, 2017.

CLERGY CANDIDATES

The Rev. Diana WilcoxThe Rev. Diana Wilcox - Christ Church, Bloomfield/Glen Ridge
Diocesan Work:
Deputy to General Convention – 2015
Chaplain to the Young Adults at the General Convention of 2012
Vice-President of Diocesan Council
Member of the Cathedral Chapter
Member of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission
Associate of the Community of St. John Baptist
Volunteer providing video production work, including multiple videos for convention

Church & Community:

Rector of Christ Church in Bloomfield & Glen Ridge
Chaplain, Montclair State University (Province II Chaplain)
Assistant, St. Luke’s Montclair & Holy Trinity West Orange
Seminarian, Grace Madison & Redeemer Morristown
GLESEN Board (LGBT Advocacy)
President, Fredon Township Zoning Board

I have served in several capacities in the diocese, and in the community.  I have also served in churches from small to large.  I hope to be able to serve as a member of the Disciplinary Board in the class of 2023, and thank you for your consideration.
 

4) GENERAL CONVENTION DEPUTIES & ALTERNATES (4 deputies and 4 alternates in Clergy and Lay Orders)

Term: July 5, 2018 until the opening of General Convention in 2021

To be elected: 4 clergy deputies, 4 lay deputies, 4 clergy alternates, 4 lay alternates.

(The 79th General Convention will be held in Austin, Texas, July 5 – July 13, 2018.)

Multiple nominations; require 9 clergy and 9 lay candidates (election is by concurrent majority ballot)

The deputies will represent the Diocese at General Convention. Desirable but not essential experience: previous general convention deputy, diocesan groups, provincial synod, vestry/executive committee.

Travel expenses for General Convention are covered by the Diocese for the 4 Deputies and 1st Alternates in each order (total 10).

CLERGY CANDIDATES

The Rev. J. Brent BatesThe Rev. J. Brent Bates - Grace, Newark
Rector, Grace Church in Newark, 2011-Present, Associate Rector, Calvary Church in Summit, 2008-2011; Commission on Ministry, 2014-Present; Cathedral Chapter, 2016-Present. I hope to represent the Diocese of Newark by taking a Christ-centered approach in the work of the Convention. Prayerfully dedicating myself to the preparation, participation, and reporting of Convention, I will faithfully serve to uphold the reconciling mission of the Church.

The Rev. Cynthia L. BlackThe Rev. Cynthia L. Black - Redeemer, Morristown
It was an honor to serve as a General Convention Deputy when I was a young priest in this diocese, and it would be again. My experience at nine previous General Conventions as either a deputy or alternate, as well as extensive experience serving on legislative committees has provided me with an excellent understanding of how Convention works and the importance of the governance process. As a priest who has served in a variety of congregations I have a good sense of the scope and dynamics of issues facing the church.  I  have also served in a broad range of leadership roles—from twice representing the Episcopal Church at a World Council of Churches General Assembly to a six year term on the Executive Council, to President of the Episcopal Women's Caucus. I love the church and care deeply about its future.  To be able to use the skills that God has given me and that have been nurtured in this diocese, on your behalf, would be a great honor. 

The Rev. Canon Gregory JacobsThe Rev. Canon Gregory Jacobs - Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, Newark
National Church
• Canon to the Ordinary & Chief of Staff (Diocese of Newark) 2008-Present • Deputy to General Convention (Clerical Order)  2000, 2003, 2006 (Diocese of Ohio) • Standing Committee on Constitution & Canons (2000-2006) • Board for Transition Ministry (2006-2012) • Taskforce  on Clergy Leadership in Small Congregations (2015-Present) • Diocesan Staff Representative to General Convention (2009, 2012)

Diocese
• Staff Liaison to NAMASTE (anti-racism commission), Commission on Liturgy & Worship, Vestry University, Clergy Wellness Committee, Newark Shared Ministries, Hispanic/Latino Ministries Commission, Clergy Conference Planning, Diocesan Council Steering Committee

Personal Statement
I believe this is a very exciting time in the life of the church with many opportunities to revision the 21st century church nationally and locally. My present work on the Taskforce on Clergy Leadership Development is exploring significant issues around formation, discernment, and resources for our congregations. The 2018 General Convention will be receiving our work along with that of several taskforces that are embracing new ideas and approaches to ministry inspired by the Presiding Bishop’s call for us to join the “Jesus Movement”. I want to continue to be a part of exploring what God is up to.

The Rev. John A. MennellThe Rev. John A. Mennell - St. Luke's, Montclair
I am excited about the future of our church as we shape the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement building on the hope we are promised with Jesus.  I am energized by the work of the Convention where I have served as a deputy and on the Pension Committee and as a host for ecumenical leaders.  I currently serve as the Rector of St. Luke’s in Montclair where the last 10 years have seen large increases in attendance, giving and serving.  Last year we provided more than 60,000 meals.  I currently serve as President of the Standing Committee, Trustee of the Diocese, member of the Diocesan Finance Committee, member of the Cross Roads Finance Committee, a congregational consultant, and Treasurer for the Companions of Mary.  I would be honored to represent the Diocese of Newark in shaping the future of the church through the work of the General Convention.

The Rev. Diana WilcoxThe Rev. Diana Wilcox - Christ Church, Bloomfield/Glen Ridge
Diocesan Work:
First time deputy to General Convention – 2015
Chaplain to the Young Adults at the General Convention of 2012
Vice-President of Diocesan Council
Member of the Cathedral Chapter
Member of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission
Associate of the Community of St. John Baptist
Volunteer providing video production work, including multiple videos for convention 

Church & Community:

Rector of Christ Church in Bloomfield & Glen Ridge
Chaplain, Montclair State University (Province II Chaplain)
Assistant, St. Luke’s Montclair & Holy Trinity West Orange
Seminarian, Grace Madison & Redeemer Morristown
GLESEN Board (LGBT Advocacy)
President, Fredon Township Zoning Board

I was humbled to serve for the first time as a deputy to General Convention in 2015, and I hope to continue that work in 2018. In 2015, I focused on international social justice issues, and testified at hearings, and on the convention floor.  As a returning deputy this time, I will have even more opportunity to be engaged on behalf of our diocese, and the larger church.
 

The Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye ​WilsonThe Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye ​Wilson - St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange
I have served the Diocese as a member of Diocesan Council, Cathedral Chapter, Good Liturgy, Namaste Anti-Racism, co-facilitator Fresh Start, General Convention Deputy and Diocesan Consultant, nationally as member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, a Trustee of the Church Pension Fund, nominating and search Committee for the Presiding Bishop, former UBE National President, 21 years on the Executive Council, and in my community am a member of the Planning Board and the Interfaith Clergy Association.

It has been my honor to represent the Diocese of Newark at past General Conventions, where I've served as a Senior Deputy, on the Special Committee on Governance and Structure, as a Liaison to the Pension Fund Committee, and on the Committee on Liturgy and Music.  I bring passion for the church and its future, experience with the church and its past and a deep desire to continue the work we've begun with Presiding Bishop Curry in the Jesus Movement.

LAY CANDIDATES

Janelle Grant - St Paul's, Paterson
I am a lifelong member of St. Paul's Paterson. I served as a youth group leader for middle and high school students at St. Paul's. I also serve on Diocesan Council. I participate in Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese. By trade I am a licensed social worker and as a social worker I inspire, empower and advocate for change and growth in the community. This is why I want to serve as a Lay Deputy at the 2018 General Convention. I want to represent the laity in our diocese and be a part of making change at a National level for the Episcopal Church. I attended General Convention in 2006, 2009, and 2012, as an observer. I was grateful for the opportunity to serve as the first Alternate Lay Deputy at the 2015 General Convention. It was an honor to represent the Diocese of Newark and I would welcome the opportunity to serve as a Lay Deputy for the 2018 General Convention.

Marc HembreeMarc Hembree - St. Paul's, Montvale
I am a member of St Paul’s Church in Montvale, NJ. I am a member of the Vestry and participate in services as an Usher and Chalice Bearer.

I also serve as Lay convener for District 9.  Since taking on the role, churches have participated in outreach programs and sharing social and educational programs amongst the member parishes.

The reason I wish to attend the General Convention is because I wish to meet and interact with other Church leaders both Clergy and Lay deputies.  With this interactions I can share stories of ideas or programs that been positive and then receive similar information that I can share with the diocese and my own church.

Sidney W. King, Jr.Sidney W. King, Jr. - Incarnation, Jersey City
Diocese: Dept. of Mission, ACTS/VIM Board, WJ Herbert Board, Diocesan Council, Trinity &St. Philip's Chapter & Alt. to General Convention.

Church:
St. John's-JC Executive Committee, Treasurer & Property Manager
Incarnation, Stewardship Chair, Vestry Member, Chair, Newsletter, Directory & Anniversary Committees, Jr, & Sr.Wardens, Lector & Eucharistic Minister & Deputy to Diocesan Convention (10+ times).

Community:
GSECDC Trustee Board- Member since 1997, Treasurer (2X) and President (03-09)
UBE-President -2003 - 2009, Treasurer -2009-2011
Labor Union- President Hudson County Supervisor Local #22. VP-State Chapter

I am seeking to be elected as one of your Deputies to General Convention to assist the Deputation in representing the Diocese of Newark. I have learned a lot by bring active in this Diocese by serving on several Boards, Committees and Commissions. with the knowledge that I have gained from attending as lease 5 of the last 6 Conventions as an Alternate, I am hopping to be elected as a full Deputy this time help represent Newark to the fullest.

Bernard J. Milano, CPA - Trinity, Allendale
I would be honored to be Deputy to General Convention. From 1997-2006 I served on the Episcopal Church Foundation Board of Directors, 2000-2006 as Chair. I am a Trustee of the Diocese, serve on the Audit Committee, served on Commission on Ministries and Pastoral Response Team. I've been Parish warden. I am president-KPMG Foundation and The PhD Project, a program to prepare African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans to careers as university business school professors.

Sue MorganSue Morgan - All Saints', Glen Rock
I have been a warden at Christ Church, Ridgewood, and at All Saints Glen Rock, both during interim times.  I am now the Lay Associate for Pastoral Care at All Saints, and am also now Interim Youth Minister. I am a member of the Healing Ministry team at All Saints. I am also a board member of the Religious Communities of Glen Rock. I have been a diocesan consultant to parishes in transition, I am the Chair of the Commission on the Laity and I have been on the leadership team for Going Local. While I was in seminary, I accompanied Bishop Roskam of New York on her annual parish visits, and experienced many varied and different congregations. I am on the Empowering Team of Diocesan Council, and help to facilitate the Advent and Lenten meditations. I have been a Trustee and a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Bergen County and a Trustee of Hamilton College.

I believe that I bring an interesting perspective on both the challenges and opportunities of the church through the various activities I have been involved in, especially as both a seminarian traveling with Bishop Roskam and as Chair of the Commission on the Laity among other things. I hope to bring that perspective to the exciting opportunities we all have as members in the Jesus Movement.
 
Kirk PetersenKirk Petersen -  St. George's, Maplewood
I could effectively represent the diocese because I am familiar with the church at the national, diocesan and parish levels. At St. George’s, Maplewood, I’ve served on the vestry, finance committee and property committee. I was employed as parish administrator at Grace, Madison, and as communications director at Christ Church, Ridgewood. I’ve written on diverse topics for the diocesan website, and also for the national Living Church website. This is my second year as deputy at the diocesan convention.  I cherish The Episcopal Church, and want to serve and help guide it.
 
Laura RussellLaura Russell -  All Saints Episcopal Parish, Hoboken
Warden, All Saints
Board, Jubilee, All Saints
Board, Care on the Corner, St. John the Divine
Deputy, 2012, 2015 General Conventions, Alternate 2009
Member, House of Deputies State of the Church
Former Vice-Chair, Social Justice Commission, TEC

Supervising attorney of large not-for-profit
Experiences on Episcopal Church commissions, being a deputy to prior General Conventions, and on the board of non-profits in this Diocese aid me to understand our needs.  Assisting those marginalized as a public-interest attorney allow me a greater understanding of our mission.  I would like to bring these together by serving.

Sharon Sheridan HausmanSharon Sheridan Hausman - Messiah, Chester
I have extensive knowledge of General Convention and church polity after serving as a journalist on the Episcopal Church’s official news team for 7 General Conventions and working for church publications for 25+ years. As former editor of The Voice and a 30-year member of the diocese, I also am very familiar with the diocese, its governance and its concerns. I believe I can put this knowledge to good use in serving as convention deputy.
 
Lynn Tyler - Good Shepherd, Wantage
Church of the Good Shepherd - outreach chair, finance chair, Treasurer, Executive Committee member and Warden.
District 2 - Representive from Wantage.
Diocese - ACTS/VIM member, Diocesan Council  member from District 2.
Retired elementary school teacher.  Currently operate my own small income tax practice.  
Volunteer with VITA and Family Promise of Sussex county.
 
I would like to serve as a delegate to General Convention to become more familiar with the workings and policies of the national church.
 

5) THE STANDING COMMITTEE (8 members)

To be elected: Class of 2021 -  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 7:30 a.m. (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 CANDIDATES

The Rev. Keith A. GentryThe Rev. Keith A. Gentry - St. Michael's, Wayne
I have been an ordained priest for 36 years and ordained for 37.  I have served dioceses from the East Coast to West Coast and in between.  I am currently rector of St. Michael's, Wayne and have served this diocese since 2012.  I was previously rector of a parish in the diocese of Arkansas for 7 years.

In other dioceses I have served on Diocesan Councils, Commissions on Ministry, Marriage Councils, Constitution and Canons, Appointed as a Regional Dean and District Convener, been Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Convention in one of the largest dioceses in the country and served as an alternate delegate to GC from my previous diocese.  I have served on numerous local Boards dealing with housing issues and local issues.  I have done missionary work in Central and East Africa.  I have a background in the medical field prior to ordination.

In this diocese I am co-moderator of the New Start Group.  Was one of the first clergy coaches for the "Going Local Process."  I am trained in Mediation skills and Conflict Management and serve as a consultant for the diocese.  I am a member of the Wayne Clergy Association and various religious international orders.

I believe that I can serve the Standing Committee with integrity and years of experience that has taught me many skills and insights.  I have experienced joy and tribulation in parish ministry which allows me to see the larger, often missed, picture beyond the immediate crisis.  I can be and strive to be that non-anxious presence in the midst of God's people and I think this is an attribute to serve in a position such as Standing Committee.  Prayer and focus is more needed today than ever before in serving in these important positions as we discern what God is calling each of us to do.  It would be an honor to serve this diocese in this way.

The Rev. John A. MennellThe Rev. John A. Mennell - St. Luke's, Montclair
I am passionate about the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement and what we can do, with God’s help, to transform the world as we join God in shaping the future.  As the rector of St. Luke’s, Montclair for the past 10 years, we have doubled attendance and giving and expanded our feeding programs to 60,000 meals annually.  I have led creative evangelical initiatives that connect us in different ways to the community.  I currently serve as President of the Standing Committee, Trustee of the Diocese, member of the Diocesan and Cross Roads Finance Committee, a congregational consultant, and President of the Foundation for the Community of St. John Baptist.  I enjoy and hope to continue my work on the Standing Committee in strategically utilizing the assets of the diocese and working with our Bishop to see what God is up to in our neighborhoods.

LAY CANDIDATES

Wendy Drake-SchneiderWendy Drake-Schneider - St. Luke's, Montclair
Stay at home mom to three children ages 15, 13 and 11 and married to Ken Schneider for 17 years. Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Southwestern College May 2016) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology (College of Staten Island 1997). Giving of my talent and time to St Luke’s Montclair in the following ways: vestry member, Junior choir chaperone, Youth Renewal Team, Memorial Committee, 2nd Time Around Shop, Diocesan Licensed for Lay Ministries including preaching, chalice, reading, worship leader, etc and helping to host diocesan and church events. Former warden/vestry member, two time diocesan convention delegate and Sunday School teacher at St. Agnes’ Little Falls.  Completed (updated) training and was administrator of Safeguarding God’s Children (before it was online) as well as Diocese of NY Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment and Exploitation training (1999).  Pastoral Bereavement Certified through the Archdiocese of NY (May 1998).

I would be honored and privileged to be able to give my time and talent to the Diocese of Newark’s Standing Committee. I understand the workings of parishes including that of property and trusts, the roles and expectations of priests, deacons and lay leaders within parishes and the greater church. I was warden in a parish during a time without a rector, interim priest or deacon.  My MATS degree gives me a well rounded understanding of church history and governance, theology, ethical thinking and the role and expectations of the Episcopal Church and its members within our present society.

Bernard J. Milano - Trinity, Allendale
I would be honored to serve on the Standing Committee. I have been warden of our parish; served on Commission on Ministries; on Pastoral Response Teams; am a Trustee of the Diocese; on Diocese Audit Committee. Member of Episcopal Church Foundation Board 1997-2006, 2000-2006 as Chair. I am president of the KPMG Foundation and The PhD Project, a program to attract African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans to careers as university business school professors.


6) TRINITY & ST. PHILIP'S CATHEDRAL CHAPTER (18 members)

To be elected: Class of 2020 - 1 clergy/1 lay members

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.

LAY CANDIDATES

James CramerJames Cramer - Grace, Newark
I have been an active parishioner of Grace Church in Newark for six years serving as Treasurer for four years and presently serving as Warden and a member of the Finance Committee.  In addition I am an acolyte serving in many roles, and an Eucharistic minister, and I am involved in pastoral care.  I believe that my commitment to our faith community would serve me well on the Cathedral Chapter.

Susan DunnSusan Dunn - St. John's, Montclair
I am a cradle Episcopalian & have been an active member of St. John's Montclair since 2003. I have served on the Vestry & as a warden and continue to be involved in Newcomers, Communications, & Finance ministries. I volunteer in Newark's as the board chair of Teach for America - NJ, as a volunteer at the KIPP charter schools, as a mentor and board member of Big Brothers / Big Sisters and on the Braven board (careers of impact for students at Rutgers Newark and similar institutions.) I love cities as vibrant places to live and work, formalized by my studies as a sociology major at the University of Chicago, acted upon by my recent move to NYC. I believe the Diocese has a role in Newark and throughout our neighborhoods to be good citizens helping communities live up to their potential to be safe and nurturing environments.


7) TRUSTEES OF THE EPISCOPAL FUND & DIOCESAN PROPERTIES

To be elected: Class of 2022 - 3 members - either clergy or lay

Multiple nominations; require 4 candidates; clergy or lay.

The Trustees hold and manage various capital assets for the benefit of the diocese, its churches and some affiliated organizations. These assets include both investments held  by the Diocese for its benefit and the benefit of members churches as well as real estate including the property and assets of Mission Churches and closed churches.  The responsibility and authority of the Trustees is governed by both state and canon law.

The Trustees meet at least four times per year and must be members in good standing of a Church in the Diocese and must reside within the geographic area of the diocese.

Desireable:  legal, financial, management and real estate expertise is welcomed. 

CLERGY CANDIDATES

The Rev. John A. MennellThe Rev. John A. Mennell - St. Luke's, Montclair
I have been the rector of St. Luke’s, Montclair for the past 10 years, where we have doubled attendance and giving and expanded our feeding programs to 60,000 meals annually.  I am passionate about the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement and what we can do with God’s help to transform lives and the world. I have led creative evangelical initiatives including Celebrate! (younger children’s worship), Worship Without Walls (outdoor community worship) and Journey with Jesus (diocesan walking pilgrimage). In addition to being a Trustee, I currently serve on the Diocesan Finance Committee, as President of the Standing Committee, and President of the Foundation for CSJB. Prior to ordination I worked for 15 years in various strategic corporate finance roles for Procter & Gamble.  I hope to continue my work as a Trustee balancing good stewardship with our call to invest in the future of the Episcopal Church in our diocese.

The Rev. Deacon Erik G. Soldwedel - Trinity, Cliffside Park
The Diocese of Newark is engaged in the now - not the past.  There are many opportunities for the Episcopal Church to grow and to continue to be present in the lives of our families; neighborhoods and communities.  My experience representing the Diocese of Newark in Indianapolis was not just exciting but extremely beneficial in assisting in the successful legislation for Mission Enterprise Zones and the funding of The Episcopal Service Corps., which our Diocese has benefited with NEWARK ACTS. 

The opportunity to return to General Convention as your Deputy is not only an honor but a commitment to action, “our faith in action”.  I offer the prior experience of being a Clergy Deputy and the knowledge of what is expected of each deputation.  Having been part of the Episcopal Service Corps for six years I am familiar with the broader church. In our Diocese, I have had the opportunity to work with 50 of our congregations.  The Mission Strategy Team which was the forerunner to The Going Local Initiative and Process.  Having served as a member of the Diocesan Council and on the Steering Committee; The Bethsaida Team, and as a former member of the Diocesan Staff I offer a broad perspective.  This is augmented by the privilege of working with a small congregation that grew fivefold and blended with another small congregation calling a permanent priest this past September.  Five years ago, this congregation was not considered viable. 

The Episcopal Church is not just like other Christians we are committed to be more like Christ that is where I stand and want to be.  Thank you for your consideration.

The Rev. Dean WeberThe Rev. Dean Weber - All Saints', Leonia
I'm seeking office because of my desire to give generously of my time and talent to a Diocese that has sustained me as a priest for 14 years.  I am a member of Constitutions and Canons, bringing significant experience to its work, including a career in the law before ordination.  I have served as a Trustee, as Diocesan Chancellor and on the Rules Committee.  In the community I chair the Englewood Hospital Pastoral Care Committee.

LAY CANDIDATES

Carol Harrison-ArnoldCarol Harrison-Arnold - Incarnation, Jersey City
I served a five-year term as Trustee and was Secretary for two of those years.
I served on ACTS/VIM and Chaired the board for one year.
For several years, I have served as Parliamentarian with the Chancellor at Convention.
I have served and am still serving in many capacities at Church of the Incarnation in Jersey City including the Vestry, Episcopal Church Women, Choir, Stewardship Committee and Junior Warden.
I have been active in the Jersey City Area Ministry since its inception.
I am on the Board of the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation.
I helped organize and served as Chair and President of Bergen Communities United and the Monticello Community Development Corporation, respectively.
I was elected to the Jersey City Board of Education and served three and a half years; I was on the board of Hoboken Charter School for seven years; and served as Parent Council President for several years at the local high school after my daughter left the school.
Insurance professional including management and consulting positions; and expert witness.     

While a Trustee, I fully participated and volunteered to serve as Secretary to be more involved.  My legal background was well suited for discussing legal issues; I understood finances because of varied experiences from insurance executive to member of the Jersey City B.O.E.; and my leadership involvement in not-for-profits kept me grounded in community. I am qualified and committed to the work and believe my voice adds another perspective.  I am better prepared to give more.

Patrice HendersonPatrice Henderson - St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange
I've been on Standing Committee, chair of Resolutions, co-chair Diocesan Convention Review Committee, Asset Allocation Committee, Role Clarification Committee, search Committee Chair, Property Chair, Altar Guild Chair....
I feel passionately about the need for us to be fiduciarily responsible for our life together, for care and use of our buildings, and I believe I have the experience and energy to contribute well to the work of the Trustees.  I would prayerfully appreciate your vote.  Thank You

Brenda C. ShermanBrenda C. Sherman - Grace, Nutley
I am a Paralegal at the law firm of McCarter English, LLP, Elected Board Member of the Township of Nutley’s Board of Education, a Member of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark’s Standing Committee, Member of the Constitution and Canons Committee, Recording Secretary to the Trustees of The Episcopal Fund & Diocesan Properties, Part-Time Parish Administrator at St. Thomas Church in Lyndhurst, Trustee/Secretary to the Board of the Nutley Episcopal Senior Housing, and lifelong member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Nutley. My professional, church, and  community experience provide me with the necessary foundation to create sustainable order cognizant of a challenging world we live in. I ask for your support for election to the Trustees of the Episcopal  Fund & Diocesan Properties Class of 2022. Thank you.

Pat YankusPat Yankus - St. Paul's, Paterson
Diocese -Diocesan Council, Standing Committee [President], Ward J. Herbert, Fund Development, Congregational Consultant, General Convention Deputy. St. Paul's Paterson Vestry - Stewardship, treasurer. National Board, YWCA. Serving on the Standing Committee and as a Congregational Consultant has given me insight into and understanding of the challenges that we are facing in the Diocese, particularly in the area of property.  I would bring that knowledge and more to my role as Trustee.   I would be honored to serve.


8) SECRETARY OF CONVENTION

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

John A. King, St. Andrew's Church, Harrington Park
A lifelong member of the diocese, I have had the benefit of being spiritually nurtured by, and have served on the vestries of, four different congregations of various sizes within the diocese. I was formed as a Christian by Eagle's Nest Camp, and World Of Our Diocesan Youth (WOODY), having held various leadership roles including Camp Life Director of ENC. Served on the Youth Ministries Board, and currently on the Board of Trustees at Cross Roads Camp., I volunteer as a LEM at St. Andrew's, Harrington Park and as a volunteer firefighter, serving the Harrington Park Fire Company as Vice President. I have 18 years of corporate experience and a profound respect for the polity of the Episcopal Church. I look forward to continuing to enhance the ways that we interact with each other as a diocese, utilizing new technology whenever possible, while at the same time, respecting the needs of those who, for whatever reason, cannot similarly embrace technology.


9 & 10) TREASURER & ASSISTANT TREASURER

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.

Treasurer: Paul Shackford, St. Andrew's Church, Harrington Park
I have been the Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese since May 2011, and I will present the diocesan budget at the 143rd Convention of the diocese for the sixth consecutive year.  As CFO, I oversee all financial matters of the Diocesan Council and the Trustees;  I have worked with the Diocesan Investment Trust which is responsible for the investment of $56 million, including the oversight of its myriad investments and endowments;  I prepare the audited financial statements of organization;  and I interact with clergy and lay persons with respect to congregational financial and other matters.  I have served on the diocesan Audit Committee and as Chair of the Commission on Ministry, and have presented a number of workshops on financial and stewardship topics.  A member of St. Andrew’s in Harrington Park for 35 years, I am a Eucharistic Minister and have served as Treasurer, Warden, Vestry member, Search Committee chair, and other ministries.  I am currently a member of St. Andrew’s Going Local Guiding Team.

Assistant Treasurer: Scott SargentSt. Dunstan's Church, Succasunna
My name is Scott Sargent and I worship at St. Dunstan’s Church in Succasunna where I have been the Treasurer for the past eight years.  I also serve on the Diocesan Budget and Finance Committee and have conducted audits and various financial consulting engagements at various churches around the Diocese.  For the last two years, I have co-facilitated, with Paul Shackford, the What You Need to Know About Your Church’s Finances session at Vestry University.  By profession, I have been an internal auditor for the past 24 years for two major Newark-based companies.  With my years of financial and internal audit experience, I look forward to continue working and collaborating with Paul in the role of Assistant Treasurer in helping to carry out God’s work in the Diocese.Statement: