The Diocesan Council is the body of lay and clergy members of the diocese authorized by the canons of the diocese to “administer the missionary, educational, and social service work of the Church” in the Diocese of Oregon. The bishop presides at the meetings.
Diocesan Council oversees the creation of a budget each year to carry out this work, and has authority to create and prescribe the duties of program ministries and committees in support of the mission of the church in the diocese.
Membership of Diocesan Council is comprised of the bishop, the secretary, lay and clergy representatives elected by all convocations of the diocese, and lay and clergy members elected by Convention.
To reduce the barriers to participation from all members of our diocesan community, beginning in January 2020 Diocesan Council meetings will be held on Saturdays, no more than once a month, and will include the option of participating by video conferencing. The Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, & Board of Trustees meet together three times a year.
The members of Diocesan Council:
The Rt. Rev. Diana Akiyama, Bishop
The Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley, Secretary
Edith Arriaga-Flores (St. Michael & All Angels, Portland)
The Rev. Ryan Baker-Fones
Megan Brazo-Erickson (Trinity Cathedral, Portland)
The Rev. Deacon Kristina Burbank (St. James/Santiago, Lincoln City)
Ann Frazier (St. Francis of Assisi, Wilsonville)
The Rev. Diane Higgins (Calvary, Seaside)
Margie Louws (Christ Church, St. Helens)
The Rev. Marlene Mutchler (St. Bede's, Forest Grove)
Maria Pastrana (St. Mary's, Eugene)
The Rev. Jaime Sanders (Christ Church, St. Helens)
Terrie Scharfer (St. Mary's, Eugene)
The Rev. Alison Schultz (Christ Church, Lake Oswego)
Mary Adams (St. Thomas, Eugene)
The Rev. Jonna Alexander (St. Andrew, Portland)
Gwen Best (Holy Spirit, Sutherlin)
Joy Flowers (St. Edward, Silverton)
Bud Furber (St. Gabriel, Portland)
The Rev. Ann Gaillard (St. Thomas, Eugene)
Nancy Hakala (Grace, Astoria)
The Rev. Doug Hale (St. John, Bandon)
The Rev. Fred Heard (St. Thomas, Dallas)
The Rev. Meredith Pech (Trinity, Ashland)
Hana Rubens (St. Luke, Grants Pass)