Committees

Bishop Search Committee

The Bishop Search Committee plays a pivotal role in helping the diocese discern whom to call as the next in a line of apostolic leaders going back to the 12 apostles originally called and sent by Jesus himself. The members of the Bishop Search Committee are:

  • Regina Berens, St. Mary Magdalene Church, Belton
  • Hayley Cobb, Christ Church, Springfield
  • Minda Cox, St. Alban’s Church, Bolivar
  • Curtis Hamilton, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City
  • Cosette Hardwick, Christ Church, St. Joseph
  • The Rev. Rita Kendagor, St. Andrew’s Church, Kansas City
  • The Rev. Steven King, St. Paul’s Church, Kansas City (Committee Chair)
  • Dr. Victor Matthews, St. John’s Church, Springfield
  • Amanda Perchall, Trinity Church, Lebanon
  • The Rev. Isaac Petty, St. James Church, Springfield
  • The Rev. Susan Roberts, St. Luke’s Health System, Kansas City
  • The Rev. Bock Slabach, St. Mary Magdalene Church, Belton
  • The Rev. John Spicer, St. Andrew’s Church, Kansas City
  • The Rev. Kim Taube, Christ Church, Boonville
This committee will educate the diocesan family about a bishop’s ministry and the election process, recruit and receive nominations, and present a slate of candidates for bishop to the Standing Committee for election by the Diocesan Convention.

Transition Committee

The Transition Committee will lead the process once the slate of candidates is announced. This group will introduce the candidates to the diocese, shepherd the candidates as they visit West Missouri, work with the Convention Planning Committee to conduct the election of the bishop at the 2024 Diocesan Convention, and be pastorally present to all the candidates following the election. Members of the Transition Committee include:

  • Canon Shirley Bolden, Kansas City. St. Augustine’s Church (Co-chair)
  • The Rev. Collin Larimore, Carthage, Grace Church (Co-chair) 
  • Rebecca Ann Adams, Excelsior Springs, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 
  • Sara Copeland, Kansas City, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral 
  • Christopher (CJ) Duffie, Kansas City, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 
  • The Very Rev. Peter DeVeau, Kansas City, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral 
  • Patricia Griffin, Liberty, Grace Episcopal Church 
  • Edith Van Hoesen, Springfield, Christ Episcopal Church 
  • The Rev. Dr. Sean Kim, Kansas City, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 
  • The Rev. Dr. James E. Lile, Jr., Nevada, All Saints’ Episcopal Church 
  • The Rev. Karen L. Mann, Independence, Trinity Episcopal Church 
  • Karen Miller, Lebanon, Trinity Episcopal Church 
  • The Rev. Meg Rhodes, Lee’s Summit, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (Chaplain) 
  • Julia Taylor, Springfield, Christ Church (Secretary)

Consecration Committee

Once a bishop is elected at the 2024 Diocesan Convention, the Consecration Committee will take the lead in planning the liturgy and other events related to our new bishop’s consecration, as well as tending to the new bishop and family members, the presiding bishop and staff, visiting bishops, and honored guests onsite. The members of the Consecration Committee are:

  • The Rev. Adam James, Kansas City, St. Andrew’s Church (Co-chair) 
  • The Rev. Barbara Wegener, Kansas City, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral (Co-chair) 
  • Kathleen (Kathy) Alexander, Springfield, Christ Episcopal Church 
  • The Rev. Vicky Anderson, Independence, Trinity Church (Secretary) 
  • The Very Rev. Chandler C Jackson, Ozark, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 
  • The Very Rev. Dr. Andrew Keyse, Kansas City, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral 
  • Philip Michael Han Lofflin, Kansas City, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 
  • Shirley Ann McCarty, Independence, Trinity Episcopal Church 
  • Chris Morrison, Kansas City, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral 
  • The Rev. Meg Rhodes, Lee’s Summit, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (Chaplain) 
  • Emily Sarah Spradling Stuart (goes by Sally), Carthage, Grace Episcopal Church 
  • The Rev. Warren Thomas Swenson, Sewanee, Tennessee, The School of Theology 
  • Hayden Vaughn, Springfield, St. James Episcopal Church 
  • Dr. Thomas R. Vozzella, Kansas City, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

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