Who’s going to Salt Lake City?

Meet your Southern Ohio deputation

deputationElected deputies, diocesan staff members and other representatives will travel to Salt Lake City beginning June 22 for the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Concurrently, the Episcopal Church Women will hold their Triennial Meeting and young adults and those who minister to them will gather for the Young Adult Festival, focusing on discernment and young adult ministry on college campuses.

Over the course of twelve days, the attendees will participate in a flurry of legislative committee meetings, sessions and hearings, as well as presentations and daily Eucharist. There are also many fellowship opportunities with provincial, diocese and seminary gatherings, as well as social events. Add in children’s activities and a HUGE exhibit hall, and there is plenty of activity for Episcopalians of all ages to fill their calendars during their time in Salt Lake City!

With so much to do, what are our representatives most looking forward to during their time at General Convention?

“All of it!” says deputation chair Debby Stokes. “Over the years, you develop relationships and you look forward to renewing those relationships as well as making new ones. I always look forward to worship as it provides such wonderful diversity and expands your horizons. And, finally but certainly the most important is the legislation that will be passed. This sets the tone for the direction of the church over the next three years. It is exhausting but such rewarding work.”

“As a first time deputy to General Convention, I am most looking forward to the very experience of being part of a governing body that combines legislative action with worship and fellowship,” says clergy deputy Charlotte Reed. “Of course, the election of the Presiding Bishop is an especially exciting feature of this particular convention, along with seeing what actions will come from the TREC (Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church) report.”

“Meeting new companions on this journey of faith as Episcopalians, seeing old acquaintances, and praying and learning through the experience of gathering with the wider church,” said Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands.

“I love seeing old friends and meeting new friends at General Convention,” adds clergy deputy Scott Gunn. “As our church faces its present challenges and seeks transformation for its future ministry, I’m also really looking forward to conversations and legislative action to help our church share the love of Jesus Christ with the world.”

ECW Triennial Meeting delegate Deborah Allsop looks forward to the fellowship opportunities and re-affirmation of the 25 years she has been involved with the Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. “(ECW) has been a great experience for me and I am curious about what happens in other dioceses. I have been to provincial meetings and this takes it to the highest levels of faith and interaction for a very pivotal organization in the Episcopal Church.”

Who’s going to Salt Lake City?

Deborah Stokes, lay deputy, Chair of the Southern Ohio deputation, member of the Legislative Committee on Formation and Education; Don Reed, lay deputy, member of Legislative Committee on Marriage; Elizabeth Barker, lay deputy; Laura Gentner, lay deputy; The Rev. Paula Jackson, clergy deputy, member of Legislative Committee on Social Justice and US Policy; The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, clergy deputy; The Rev. Charlotte Reed, clergy deputy; The Rev. Richard Schisler, clergy deputy; The Rev. KJ Oh, alternate clergy deputy; Sally Sedgwick, alternate lay deputy; David Jones, alternate lay deputy


The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio and nominee for 27th Presiding Bishop; The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price Jr., Secretary of the House of Bishops; The Very Rev. Gail Greenwell, member of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage; The Rev. Douglas Argue, coordinator for the Association of Episcopal Deacons exhibit; John Harris, Union of Black Episcopalians; Kathy Mank, Southern Ohio ECW president and national board treasurer for Episcopal Church Women, attending the Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women; Deborah Allsop, delegate to the Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women; Milicent Eason, Southern Ohio United Thank Offering coordinator, attending Episcopal Church Women Triennial Meeting; Aaron Wright, attending Kindling, the Young Adult Ministry Leader conference; The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, Canon for Formation and Transitions; The Rev. Canon Anne Reed, Canon for Mission; David Dreisbach, Director of Communications; Amanda Bower, Assistant to Bishop Breidenthal; Julie Murray, Assistant to the Secretary of the House of Bishops; Margaret Breidenthal


Debby Stokes, head of the Southern Ohio deputation and a leading member of St. Philip’s, Columbus, has been chosen by the Episcopal Church Women as the 2015 Distinguished Woman for the Diocese of Southern Ohio. She will be honored at the ECW’s Triennial Meeting during a special luncheon on June 28.