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Diocesan Resolution 2011-04: Honoring the Venerable Herb Tinning

RESOLVED, that this 137th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, noting the passing of the Venerable Herb Tinning, Archdeacon in the Diocese of Newark, express its condolences to his family and to the diaconate community, and, be it further

RESOLVED that this Convention, recognize the service of Venerable Herb Tinning as a deacon in the Diocese of Newark, and the pivotal leadership role he played in resuscitating the Vocational Diaconate, and express its deepest gratitude and appreciation for his untiring efforts in helping to organize and oversee the formation of deacons in the School of Deacons; and, be it further

RESOLVED that, in recognition of his ministry, the School of Deacons be renamed in his honor as the Herb Tinning School of Deacons.


The Rev. Herbert P. Tinning, 82, Deacon of St. Stephen’s Church, in Millburn, N.J., and a resident of Millburn, died on Nov. 7, 2010.

The Rev. Herb Tinning was born in Hoboken, N.J., in 1928 and graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with an engineering degree in 1952. While working professionally in association management, he completed studies at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and was ordained a Vocational Deacon by Bishop James Montgomery in the Diocese of Chicago in 1974. Herbert Tinning returned to New Jersey, and in 1992, he became involved with St. Stephen’s Church in Millburn, where he served as deacon until his passing.

In January 2004, Bishop Croneberger, then Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Newark, appointed the Reverend Herbert Tinning Archdeacon for Diaconal Formation, a position created to assist the Bishop in the formation, deployment, supervision and support of the deacons or those in preparation to be deacons. When Herbert Tinning left that post in 2007, the Bishop said, “Deacon Tinning has been instrumental . . . in organizing and administering our diaconal program.” With, Ms. Hattie Stone, he operationalized the School of Deacons, arranging classes on Saturdays at Christ Church in Short Hills, following each deacon throughout the formation process, and acting as mentor for all aspiring deacons. When his service as Archdeacon ended, he had overseen the formation of some 25 deacons.

Submitted by:  the Committee on the Diaconate of the Commission on Ministry

Resource Date: 
Feb 2, 2011