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Convention Nominations

We seek people interested in serving in leadership positions in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. Read below for offices to be held by election at the upcoming 185th Annual Convention. The deadline to submit nominees for elections at Convention is September 28, 2022. For more information contact Joy Shackelford at jshackelford@edola.org.

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The nominees will be announced following the September 28th deadline.

Secretary of the Diocese

The Secretary serves as Secretary of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and The Convention. It shall be his duty to give timely notice of all annual and special meetings of The Convention, to prepare the list of lay members of The Convention, to record and publish the proceedings of The Convention, to preserve its journals and records, to attest, as occasion may require, its public proceedings, and faithfully to deliver into the hands of his successor all books and papers in his possession relative to the concerns of The Diocese and of The Convention.

Nominees- 1 to be elected

Marsha Wade

Marsha Wade

St. James, Baton Rouge

Church Leadership: Board; St. James Center for Spiritual Formation; St. James Stewardship Committee; Adult Christian Education teacher; Centering Prayer leader; Secretary of the Diocese; Vice Chancellor of the Diocese; Constitution & Canons Committee
Current Employment: Attorney, Information Development, LLC

Treasurer of the Diocese

The Treasurer is elected by The Convention. The duty of the Treasurer to receive and disburse the funds of The Diocese in accordance with the annual budget. The Treasurer shall make an annual report to The Convention of all sums received and disbursed during the preceding year and shall include in such report a statement of the condition of the assets of each Parish and Diocesan Mission with regard to its annual financial commitment to The Diocese for the work of the Church.

Nominees- 1 to be elected 

Alan Brackett

Alan Brackett

Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Vestry; Senior Warden; Finance Committee; Assessment Review Committee
Current Employment:  Attorney

Standing Committee: 1 Clerical, 1 Lay

The work of the Standing Committee, as set forth in Canon 4, Section 3, of the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, “shall be to fulfill all functions required of it by the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church and of The Diocese and to act as a council of advice for The Bishop.” The Standing Committee works with the Commission on Ministry to ensure the canons are followed in regard to the ordination process. This includes interviews with candidates throughout their ordination process. The Standing Committee also processes requests from other dioceses for consent to the election of bishops. The Standing Committee oversees the election process should there be an election for Bishop. The Standing Committee also is required to approve transactions involving any immovable property held in the name of the Diocese. Meetings are held as necessary, with required attendance at the Ministry Conference in January.

Standing Committee members will be most effective if they work will with others, understand and appreciate the complexity of ministry, possess an understanding of sound business practices, and have a deep love of the Lord and of the Church. Standing Committee members serve a term of four years, so consistency and commitment is essential.

 

Clerical Nominees – 1 to be elected

The Rev. Canon Steven Roberts

The Rev. Canon Steven Roberts

Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Standing Committee, Diocese of Western Louisiana; Discernment Committee, Diocese of Western Louisiana; Served as canon to Christ Church Cathedral for over 20 years involved in a variety of ministry settings: Ashes to Go; Blessing of the Pets; Blessing of the Bicycles; Developed an lead Real Presence Eucharist; Chaplain to Daughters of the King; Coordinate Cathedral’s IT resources

Current Employment: Canon, Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans

Lay Nominees – 1 to be elected to fill an unexpired term (Term expires in 2024)

Eileen Mitchell

Eileen Mitchell

All Saints', River Ridge

Church Leadership: Lay Eucharist Minister; Board of Director, La Bonne Cuisine Cookbook; Vestry for three terms; Senior Warden (last year of each term); Adult Education Coordinator; Adult Education Teacher; Chairman Organ Committee; Pastoral Care Team; President, Cemetery Board; Chairman of the Capital Campaign Committee; Long Range Planning Committee; Finance Committee; Chairman, Stewardship Committee; Board of Episcopal Community Services; Standing Committee; Board of Hobgood Fund; Assistant Secretary at Diocesan Convention; Chairman of the Racial Reconciliation Committee; Delegate to Diocesan Convention; SSJE trained Spiritual Director; Graduate of EFM

Current Employment: Retired

Lay Nominees – 1 to be elected to serve a full term

Billy Soileau

Billy Soileau

Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Vestry; Transition Committee for Bishop-elect Duckworth; Delegate to Diocesan Convention

Current Employment: Retired Chiropractor

 

Executive Board: 1 Clerical, 2 Lay

The Executive Board shall have charge of the development and prosecution of the work of the Church, subject to the provisions of the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese and to the direction of The Convention. It shall have the power and authority to implement and carry out the programs and policies adopted by The Convention and to act for The Convention between meetings thereof, except where the authority is reserved to the Standing Committee. The Bishop shall be the executive head of all such work, and the Board shall assist the Bishop in the administration thereof. (Canon 7.1)

Clerical Nominees – 1 to be elected

The Rev. Stephanie Fox

The Rev. Stephanie Fox

St. George's, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Former service to Diocese of Arkansas: Executive Board and Disciplinary Committee; Statewide Chaplain for Order of the Daughters of the King, Diocese of Arkansas

Current Employment: Rector, St. George’s, New Orleans

 

The Rev. Jane-Allison Wiggin

The Rev. Jane-Allison Wiggin

Historic St, Luke's, New Orleans & Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana

Church Leadership: Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee, Gaudet Committee; Commission for Racial Healing;  Thriving in Ministry Cohort

Current Employment: Priest-In-Charge Historic Saint Luke’s; Diocesan Youth and Young Professionals Event Coordinator

 

Lay Nominees – 2 to be elected

Robert Bowsher

Robert Bowsher

St. James, Baton Rouge

Church Leadership: Current Vestry; Current Chair of Investment Committee; Current Property Committee Member; Lector; Former Senior and Junior Warden

Current Employment: Semi-retired lawyer

 

Nancy Stitch

Nancy Stitch

Trinity Church, Baton Rouge

Church Leadership: Treasurer of Trinity, Baton Rouge; Member of the Daughters of the King; Served on Endowment Board of the Diocese of Western Louisiana, chair of the board from 2010-2012

Current Employment: CPA Candidate, TWRU

 

Mark Williamson

Mark Williamson

Trinity Church, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Trinity Church Finance Committee; Trinity Church Budget Committee

Current Employment: Retired

 

Sewanee Board of Trustees: 1 Lay

Term begins October 2023

The University of the South has, as part of its governing system, two boards —— the Board of Reagents and the Board of Trustees. The Board of Regents is somewhat like a vestry, and handles much of the fiduciary responsibility of the school. The Board of Trustees, on the other hand, is a board of people that are interested in promoting the University and its Seminary. In turn, they are to be agents of information for those in their dioceses. The annual meeting of the Board of Trustees usually occurs in late October, when new members are installed , when honorary degrees are given, and the business of the board occurs. Each diocese has one clerical and two lay representatives. The term is for three years. The by-laws of the university do stipulate that some actions of the Regents must be approved by the Trustees.

Lay Nominees – 1 to be elected

Drew Broach

Drew Broach

All Saints', River Ridge

Church Leadership: Welcome Committee Captain; Lector; Intercessor; Livestream Operator; Former vestry and two-time Senior Warden; Former Rector Search Committee Chair; Sewanee Trustee 2001-2004 and 2013-2022; Chair of the Constitution and Ordinances Committee

Current Employment: Deputy Metro Editor, The Times-Picayune

 

Disciplinary Board: 1 Clerical; 2 Lay

See Diocesan Canon 28 for further details.

Eligibility: There shall be a Disciplinary Board consisting of nine persons, five of whom shall be Priests or Deacons canonically resident in The Diocese and four of whom shall be lay persons who are adult confirmed communicants in good standing of a Parish or Mission in union with The Convention of The Diocese. No member of the Executive Board, the Standing Committee or The Bishop’s staff shall be eligible elected or serve as a member of the Board. No Chancellor or Vice-chancellor of The Diocese and no person serving as Advisor, Conciliator, Church Attorney, Intake Officer or Investigator shall be eligible to be elected or serve as a member of the Board.

Term: The Members of the Board shall serve for a term of three years. Terms shall be staggered so that one-third of the Board is reelected each year. A member of the Board shall not serve for longer than two successive three-year terms, but shall be eligible for election to the Board after having been a non-member for one Convention year. Each term shall run until the conclusion of the annual meeting of The Convention held three years following the date of the member’s election.

Clerical Nominees – 1 to be elected

The Rev. Holly Burris

The Rev. Holly Burris

St. John's, Thibodaux

Church Leadership: Served on the Disciplinary Board for the Diocese of Mississippi; Chaplain to the Mississippi ECW

Current Employment: Rector, St. John’s, Thibodaux

 

Lay Nominees – 2 to be elected

Anita Byrne

Anita Byrne

St. James, Baton Rouge

Church Leadership: Vestry, Senior Warden; Finance Committee; Investment Committee; Delegate to Convention

Current Employment: Political Consultant

 

Henry Jackson

Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Vestry

Current Employment: Retired

General Convention Deputies

Election: Each Diocese is entitled to elect four Lay and four Clerical Deputies to attend General Convention. Each Diocese may also elect Alternate Deputies in each of the Lay and Clerical orders. The Diocese of Louisiana elects up to four Alternates in each order. A person may choose to be nominated for election as an Alternate but not be nominated for election as a Deputy.

Qualifications: Lay Deputies and Alternates must be confirmed adult (age 18 or older) communicants in good standing of a congregation of the Diocese of Louisiana. Clerical Deputies and Alternates must be priests or deacons canonically resident in the Diocese of Louisiana.

Duties and Expectations: The 81st General Convention will be held in July 2024. Deputies and Alternates are expected to spend substantial time reviewing information (including Bluebook reports) relevant to each area in which votes will be cast at General Convention. There are typically about 20 areas, including Constitution and Canons, Music and Liturgy, Budget, World Mission, Church Pension Fund, Congregational Vitality, Evangelism and other areas. The Deputies and Alternates who will be attending General Convention typically divide the review of materials among themselves and meet several times during the year to discuss the issues. The number of meetings is determined in part by the number and complexity of issues anticipated at the upcoming Convention.

Province IV Synod: As part of their preparation for General Convention, Deputies and First Alternates are expected to attend the meetings of Province IV Synod in 2023 and 2024, typically during the first week of June. The Diocese pays reasonable expenses for Deputies and First Alternates attending Province IV Synod meetings. Second, Third and Fourth Alternates may attend at their own expense. General Convention. Deputies and First Alternates are expected to attend and participate in General Convention, to be held in 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. They will meet regularly during Convention to discuss important issues and upcoming votes. Deputies selected to serve on Legislative Committees are expected to attend the meetings of their Committees. Deputies and the First Alternates are expected to attend the Legislative Committee meetings for the areas they have been researching and report important issues and developments to the rest of the Deputation. The Diocese pays reasonable expenses for Deputies and First Alternates attending General Convention. Second, Third and Fourth Alternates may attend at their own expense.

Communications with Diocese: During General Convention Deputies and First Alternates are encouraged but not required to communicate important developments back to the Diocese via email to the Diocesan Communications Coordinator or via social media. After Convention the Deputation is required by Canons I.1.4(b) and (c) of the Canons of The General Convention of the Episcopal Church to report to the Diocese the actions taken at General Convention.

Clerical Nominees – 4 Deputies and 4 Alternates to be elected

The Very Rev. Tommy Dillon

The Very Rev. Tommy Dillon

St. Margaret's, Baton Rouge

Church Leadership: Dean of the Baton Rouge Deanery; Together Baton Rouge Executive Board; Clergy Deputy to 80th General Convention; Diocese of Louisiana Executive Board; Co-chair Inclusive Louisiana; Co-facilitator New Clergy Group; Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary; Board Member of Wild Goose Festival; Assessor, Episcopal Church, Discerning Leaders for Redeveloping Congregations

Current Employment: Rector, St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge

 

The Rev. Liz Embler-Beazley

The Rev. Liz Embler-Beazley

St. Paul's, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Pastor, Priest, and Teacher; Chair for Racial Healing; Member of the Commission on Ministry; Member of the Diocesan Youth Leadership Council; Deputy to 80th General Convention; Member of the Camp Hardtner Board of Trustees

Current Employment: Associate for Congregational Development, St. Paul’s, New Orleans

 

The Rev. Morgan McIntyre

The Rev. Morgan McIntyre

Christ Church, Covington

Church Leadership: Head of Christ Church Episcopal School Search Committee; School Board Member, Christ Episcopal School; Christ Episcopal School Part-time Chaplain; Assessment Review Committee (2016-2019); Standing Committee

Current Employment: Associate Rector, Christ Church, Covington

 

The Rev. John Pitzer

The Rev. John Pitzer

Trinity Church, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Co-chair of the Trinity Mission Commission; Oversees eternal ministries at Trinity; Liaison to Mission Partners outside Trinity; Board of Kingsley House and Eden House; Board of Inclusive Louisiana; Co-chair of the Community Mission Appeal; Board of Solomon Episcopal Conference Center  

Current Employment: Associate Rector of Administration and Outreach, Trinity New Orleans. 

 

 

The Rev. Canon Allison Reid

The Rev. Canon Allison Reid

St. Mark's Harvey; Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana

Church Leadership: Collaboration with Diocesan Latino Ministry to offer Spanish language worship at St. Mark’s; Diocesan Disaster Response Team; Diocesan Safe Church Coordinator; Coordinator for Continuing Education for clergy & churches; Chair of the Dispatch of Business for Annual Convention

Current Employment: Priest-in-Charge, St. Mark’s, Harvey; Missioner for Congregational Development, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana

 

The Rev. Peter Wong

The Rev. Peter Wong

Trinity Church, Baton Rouge

Church Leadership: Member of the DYLC; Disciplinary Board Member; General Convention Deputy in 2015, 2018—Served on the Task Force for the Ministry of the Baptized, Served on the Committee for the Dispatch of Business

Current Employment: Rector, Trinity Church, Baton Rouge

 

Lay Nominees – 4  Deputies & 4 Alternate Deputies to be elected

 

Bailey Alexander

Bailey Alexander

St. John's, Thibodaux

Church Leadership: Sunday School Teacher; LEM; Lector; Choir Member; Delegate to the 181st, 182nd, and 183rd Annual Convention; Deputy to the 80th General Convention

Current Employment: Transcriptionist at Babbletype; delivery driver at ASAP

 

Ronny Daley

Ronny Daley

St. Margaret's, Baton Rouge

Church Leadership: St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge; St. Margaret’s, Junior Warden; Invite-Welcome-Connect Leader; COVID Re-opening Task Force; Altar Guild; Usher

Current Employment: Retired

 

 

William Glew

William Glew

St. Anna's, New Orleans

Church Leadership: St. Anna’s Vestry Member; Dodwell House Committee

Current Employment: Retired

 

Tom Jacks

Tom Jacks

St. Michael's, Mandeville

Church Leadership: Vestry; Rector Search Committee; Sunday School Teacher

Current Employment: Chief Engineering Division, Stennis Space Center

 

John Musser

John Musser

Trinity Church, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Senior Warden, Vestry, VML Committee, Building & Grounds; Executive Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana; Deputy at the last six General Conventions; Participation on Convention Committees

Current Employment: Attorney

 

 

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson

St. Paul's, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Lay Eucharistic Minister; Lector; Lector Coordinator; Children’s Ministry Volunteer; Executive Board; Delegate to Diocesan Convention

Current Employment: Director of Center for Counseling and Education, St. Paul’s. New Orleans

 

Billy Soileau

Billy Soileau

Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Vestry; Transition Committee for Bishop-elect Duckworth; Delegate to Diocesan Convention

Current Employment: Retired Chiropractor

 

John Sykes

John Sykes

St. James, Baton Rouge

Church Leadership: Lay Eucharistic Minister; Lector; Lector Coordinator; Children’s Ministry Volunteer; Executive Board; Delegate to Diocesan Convention

Current Employment: Director of Center for Counseling and Education, St. Paul’s. New Orleans

 

Mark Williamson

Mark Williamson

Trinity Church, New Orleans

Church Leadership: Trinity Church Finance Committee; Trinity Church Budget Committee

Current Employment: Retired

 

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