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Diocesan Council

Diocesan Council acts as the Convention in the interim between meetings and is canonically responsible for long-range planning and determining program priorities.  The Council acting for Convention reviews and evaluates programs approved by Convention.

The Council membership includes the Bishop; the Secretary of Convention; the Treasurer of Convention; clergy and lay representatives from the ten districts; and bishop’s appointments.


The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, President

Mr. John King, Secretary

Mr. Sam Reckford, Treasurer

Ms. Diane Sammons, Esq., Chancellor

Steering Committee Members

The Rev. Bill Cruse

The Rev. Dcn. Nancy Hansen

Ms. Carol Harrison Arnold, Vice President

The Rev. Tom Mathews

Mr. Dennis Piccirillo

Ms. Kathleen Simon

Class of 2022

Ms. Sheila Barcus (St. Andrew's Church, Newark)

The Rev. Bill Cruse (St. John's Memorial Church, Ramsey)

Mr. Dale Ellis (St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange)

Dr. Susan Godar (Christ Church, Pompton Lakes)

The Rev. Deacon Nancy Hansen,

Mr. Dennis J. Piccirillo (St. Dunstan's, Succasunna)

Ms. Elizabeth Rundquist (St. Mark's Church, Teaneck)

Ms. Marguerite Smith (St. Peter's Church, Mountain Lakes)

The Rev. Paula Toland (St. Stephen's Church, Millburn)

Class of 2023

The Rev. Raul Ausa (Trinity, Allendale)

Mr. Robert Cottingham (Epiphany and Christ Church, Orange)

Ms. Carol Harrison-Arnold (The Church of St. Paul and Incarnation, Jersey City)

Ms. Suzanne Hesse (St. Clement's Church, Hawthorne)

The Rev. Tom Mathews (Christ Church, Ridgewood)

Ms. Jewels Quelly (St. James' Church, Hackettstown)

The Rev. Susan Sica (St. Gregory's Church, Parsippany)

Ms. Kathleen Simon (The Church of St. Paul and Incarnation, Jersey City)

Ms. Mary Sunden (Grace Church, Westwood)

Class of 2024

Ms. Larysa Cohen (St. Luke's, Montclair)

The Rev. Asa David Coulson (Grace, Madison)

The Rev. Kathryn King (St. Alban's, Oakland/Franklin Lake)

The Rev. Grant Mansfield (St. George's, Maplewood)

Mr. Jerrick Rutherford (St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange)

Mr. Robert C. Ross (St. Agnes & St. Paul's, East Orange)

Ms. Vanessa Wigfall (Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, Newark)

Ms. Ross Wisnewski (St. Mary's, Sparta)

The Rev. Dcn. Lorna Woodham (St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange)

Staff Resources

The Rev. Canon Margo Peckham Clark, Canon for Congregational Life

The Rev. Canon Andrew R. Wright, ThD, Canon to the Ordinary