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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

Mr. John C. Garde, Esq., Vice Chancellor

Steering Committee Members

The Rev. E. Michael Allen

Ms. Carol Harrison-Arnold

The Rev. Margaret Otterburn

The Rev. Diana Wilcox

Class of 2021

The Rev. E. Michael Allen (St. Paul's, Morris Plains)

Ms. Debra M. Cook (Grace Church, Nutley)

The Rev. Deacon Nancy Hansen,

Mr. Bert Jones (St. Luke's Church, Montclair) 

Ms. Sue Morgan (All Saints' Church, Glen Rock )

The Rev. Margaret Otterburn (Church of the Messiah, Chester)

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

The Rev. Anthony Puca (Grace Church, Westwood & Holy Trinity, Hillsdale)

The Rev.Diana Wilcox (Christ Church, Bloomfield/Glen Ridge)

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.Tom Murphy (The Church of St. Paul and Incarnation, Jersey City)

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

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

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

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

Class of 2023

Ms. Michelle Borden (St. Agnes' Church, Little Falls)

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. Liz Searle (Church of Our Saviour, Secaucus)

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

Ms. Mary Sunden (Grace Church, Westwood)

Ms. Lynn Tyler (Church of the Good Shepherd, Wantage)

Staff Resources

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

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