Diocesan Council

Diocesan Council

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 the authority to create and prescribe the duties of program ministries and committees in support of the mission of the church in the diocese. Terms are based on the annual convention of the diocese each year.

Membership of Diocesan Council is comprised of the bishop, the secretary, lay and clergy representatives elected by all convocations of the diocese to serve a one-year term, and lay and clergy members elected by Convention to serve a three-year term.

The Diocesan Council meetings are once a quarter on Saturdays. The 2022 dates are: March 12, June 11, September 10, and November 19. The 2023 dates are: March 25, June 10, and September 30. The Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, & Board of Trustees meet together three times a year.

The members of Diocesan Council:

Staff Members:

    • The Rt. Rev. Diana Akiyama, Bishop
    • The Rev. Christopher Craun, Missioner for Thriving Congregations
    • Christopher Buresch (Diocesan Staff)

Term Ending 2023:

    • The Rev. Ryan Baker-Fones (St. Mary, Eugene)
    • Megan Brazo-Erickson (Trinity Cathedral, Portland)
    • Ann Frazier (St. Francis of Assisi, Wilsonville)
    • The Rev. Diane Higgins (Calvary, Seaside)

Term Ending 2024:

    • The Rev. Sara Cosca-Warfield (St. Luke the Physician, Gresham)
    • Matt Irvin (St. Matthew, Eugene)
    • The Rev. Allan Miles, Deacon (St. Martin, Shady Cove)
    • Nancylee Stewart (Emmanuel, Coos Bay)

Term Ending 2025: 

    • The Rev. George Lufkin (St. Albans & St. Catherine, Manzanita)
    • The Rev. Jackee Martinez, Deacon (St. John the Divine, Springfield)
    • Linda O'Hara (St. Barnabas, McMinnville)
    • Tim Shields (St. Michael & All Angels, Portland)

Convocation Representatives (two-year term):

    • Gwen Best (Holy Spirit, Sutherlin) - Southern Convocation Rep.
    • The Rev. Shawn Dickerson (St. Paul, Oregon City) - Metro-East Convocation Rep.
    • The Rev. Gail Duba (St. George, Roseburg) - Southern Convocation Rep.
    • Beth Ferguson (Trinity Cathedral, Portland) - Columbia Convocation Rep.
    • Marty Gault (St. Alban, Albany) - Central Convocation Rep.
    • The Rev. Doug Hale (St. John, Bandon) - South Coast Convocation Rep.
    • Amy Linder (Emmanuel, Coos Bay) - South Coast Convocation Rep.
    • Mary Macy (Prince of Peace, Salem) - Willamette Convocation Rep.
    • Sonja Miller (All Saints, Portland) - Metro-East Convocation Rep.
    • The Rev. Robert Morrison (St. Alban, Albany) - Central Convocation Rep.
    • The Rev. Carren Sheldon (Grace, Astoria) - Columbia Convocation Rep.
    • The Rev. Bonnie Stewart (St. Barnabas, Portland) - Sunset Convocation Rep.