The work of the diocese is carried out by the many volunteers (lay people and clergy) who dedicate their time to serving on a variety of commissions. More than 30 commissions contribute to the ministry of the diocese.


  • Budget Committee

    The Budget Committee is a committee of Diocesan Council responsible for preparing and reviewing the annual operating budget of the diocese. Elected by Diocesan Convention.

    Robert Kranz, chair (2013)
    David Robinson, staff liaison

  • Commission on Congregational Life

    The Commission on Congregational Life is responsible for developing and implementing a mission strategy for the diocese. The commission is charged with encouraging, supporting, evaluating, and seeking opportunities for development and growth of all fellowships, missions, and parishes of the diocese.

    CoCL website (grant applications available for download)

    Cathy Bagot, co-chair

    The Rev. Alexander Martin, co-chair

    The Rev. Canon Jack Koepke, staff liaison

    Tammie Vanoss, communications liaison


  • Commission on Ministry

    The commission is charged with advising and assisting the Bishop in the design, implementation and oversight of a process of discernment that leads to the selection, formation and support of those called to ordained ministry, and the support and licensing of various lay ministries identified in the canons.

    Spencer Pugh, Chair
    The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, staff liaison

  • Convention: Agenda and Dispatch of Business

  • Convention: Constitution and Canons

    Joseph J. Dehner, Esq., Chair

  • Convention: Credentials

    Sonja Bronson, Chair

  • Convention: Nominations

    Jon Boss, Chair
    Julie Murray, staff support

  • Convention: Resolutions

    Jim Heathcote, Chair
    Julie Murray, staff support

  • Diocesan Council

    Diocesan Council is the continuing Diocesan Convention throughout the year. Council meets six times each year, or as called. As per Canon XII of the Diocese of Southern Ohio: “There shall be a Diocesan Council, whose duty it shall be to carry out the program and policies adopted by the Diocesan Convention. The Diocesan Council shall have charge of the coordination, development, and prosecution of the missionary, education, and social work of the Church, and of such other work as may be committed to it by the Diocesan Convention.”

    The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, President
    1st Vice President: David Thomson
    2nd Vice President: Trevor Babb
    The Rev. Canon Jack Koepke, staff liaison

  • Disciplinary Board

    The Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith, President
    The Rev. Canon Jack Koepke, staff liaison

  • Finance Committee

    The Diocesan Finance Committee typically meets twice a year to oversee the spending of the diocesan convention budget. They review the mission share payments by individual churches and investigate problems. They attend mission share reviews as requested. One of the most important functions of the committee is to serve as the diocesan audit committee. They are responsible for the hiring of the auditors, reviewing the audit report, and, with the chief financial officer of the diocese, managing any problems occurring with completing or encountered in performing the audit.

    Nadya Richardson, Chair
    Rob Kranz, Diocesan Treasurer
    David Robinson, staff liaison

  • Standing Committee

    The Standing Committee is the bishop’s council of advice and the ecclesiastical authority in the absence of the bishops. It also shares responsibility for the ordination process, and is consulted for consent for the election and consecration of new bishops in the church. Elected by Diocesan Convention.

    Cathy Bagot, President

    The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, staff liaison

  • Trustees/Directors of the Church Foundation

    The elected trustees/directors responsible for administering loans and funds for church buildings. Elected by Diocesan Convention.

    The Rev. Karen Burnard, chair
    David Robinson, staff liaison

  • Trustees of the Diocese

    The elected trustees/directors are responsible for management of diocesan and certain other investments and property owned by the diocese; and serving as the board of advisors to the bishop on administration of the William Cooper Procter Fund. Elected by Diocesan Convention.

    Jon Boss, president
    The Rev. Canon Jack Koepke, staff liaison
    David Robinson, staff liaison


  • 412 Sycamore, Inc. Trustees/Directors

    Appointed trustees/directors of a diocesan company responsible for administering loans from diocesan resources. 412 Sycamore, Incorporated was formed and approved as a not-for-profit corporation on Jan. 24, 1964. The purposes of the corporation are:

    1. to provide means and assistance to parishes, missions and other organizations of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio for their capital and financial programs;
    2.  to manage, purchase, sell, and invest in property; and
    3. to borrow money, and to make loans to parishes, missions and organizations, secured by mortgages or deed or trust in property and approved by its Board of Directors.

    Church loans and parochial housing loan proposals are considered by the directors after a congregation has received the consent of the Standing Committee to encumber the church property with a mortgage. Non-parochial clergy also may apply for housing loans. The day-to-day affairs of the corporation are administered by the financial officer of the diocese at the direction of the Board.

    Robert Meyer, President
    David Robinson, staff liaison

  • Advisory Committee on Compensation & Resources

    The Advisory Committee on Compensation and Resources advises the Bishop and Diocesan Council on matters dealing with compensation and employment standards for clergy called to cures and/or offices in the Diocese, and lay employees of the Diocese and its member congregations.

    The Rev. Darren Elin, chair
    David Robinson, staff liaison

  • Affirmative Aging

    The Affirmative Aging Commission develops workshops on issues of the elderly and responds to the needs of congregations for programs and education.
    The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, staff liaison

  • Appalachian Ministries

    Episcopal Appalachian Ministries is a regional organization dedicated to serving Appalachian people and concerns. The mission of the diocese’s Appalachian Ministry Commission is to inspire, nurture and affirm those who serve the unique needs of the people of Appalachia through advocacy, consciousness raising, networking, education, and other appropriate programs participating in the regional ministries of Episcopal Appalachian Ministries.

    The Rev. Judi Wiley, Chair

  • Clergy and Family Wellness

    The Clergy Wellness Commission seeks to provide support, resources and overall wellness to the clergy, spouses or partners and their families within the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

    The Rev. Ruth Paulus, chair
    The Rev. Canon Jack Koepke, staff liaison

  • Deacons Council

    Douglas Argue, convener
    Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal

  • Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations

    The Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Commission (EIRC) strives to facilitate ecumenical and interfaith dialogue within the geographic region of Southern Ohio.
Interfaith dialogue requires us to articulate our own faith as well as to listen to the faith of others. The EIRC sees considers part of our task the opportunity to teach others how to articulate our Christian faith in a context of dialogue with people of other faiths. This involves respecting the presence of God when we talk about the divine with people who are from other faiths. 
Ecumenical dialogue requires us to listen to and learn from other traditions within the wider Church and to seek those ways in which we may share the work of Christ in the world.

    The Rev. Canon Manoj Zacharia, chair

  • Episcopal Church Women

    Episcopal Church Women is a national organization that promotes spiritual and social development of the women of the Church and is involved in national and international mission and service work through the annual United Thank Offering.

    Elected by the Episcopal Church Women:
    Kathy Mank, President
    Milicent Eason, United Thank Offering coordinator
    Amy Baird, Book of Remembrance coordinator
    Sister Jacqueline Marie, convent representative
    Madeleine Trichel, Church Periodical Club (Miles of Pennies) coordinator


  • Episcopal Community Services Foundation

    Episcopal Community Services Foundation is an independent supporting foundation of the Diocese that encourages, supports, and helps to sustain volunteer community service performed under the sponsorship of Episcopal Church congregations and deaneries.

    The Rev. Suzanne LeVesconte, president

    The Rev. Theresa Thornton, ministry leader
    The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, trustee, ex-officio

  • Episcopal Relief and Development

    Episcopal Relief & Development is an effective, reliable, and vital ministry of the Episcopal Church in communities around the world. ERD provides emergency assistance in times of disaster, rebuilds devastated communities and lives after the immediate crisis is over, and offers long-term solutions to help people sustain safer, healthier, and more productive lives. ERD’s Network of Representatives works throughout the year to remind Episcopalian in their respective congregations both of ERD’s long-term solutions, and of how to assist during times of natural disasters. At the same time, ERD is a major part of the Episcopal Church’s commitment to take a leadership role in support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). During 2008 ERD received the coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management, and is authorized to display the Better Business Bureau’s symbol on its Home Page. The diocese has local liaisons who help communicate the ministry and needs of ERD.

    Toks Ogungbadero, coordinator

  • Faith in Life

    The Faith in Life Committee is known for its intent to “stimulate conferences, produce printed materials, provide expert and informed leadership, and subsidize meetings for church people of all denominations to consider ethical questions.” The mission statement of the committee is : “The mission of the Faith in Life Committee of the Diocese of Southern Ohio is to engage in and facilitate theological discussion and reflection in the Anglican tradition. Using the resources entrusted to it, the committee supports programs that provide a critical, thoughtful, and ethical framework, consonant with the baptismal covenant, to assist the people of the diocese, the wider church, and the larger community to translate faith into action.”

    The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, staff liaison

  • Latino Ministries

    This ministry is based at the Latino Ministry Center (formerly Holy Spirit Church) in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati in Forest Park. The ministry has developed three Homework Club sites around the diocese: at the Latino Ministry Center, at the Church of St. Edward in Whitehall and at Mi Casa in East Price Hill.

    Carlos deJesús, chair

  • Liturgy & Music

    The Commission plans devotions and worship services for the annual Diocesan Convention, except per diocesan-cathedral agreement when such liturgies are celebrated at the Cathedral. The Commission, further, conducts workshops and choir festivals, and provides supports for clergy and congregations seeking to broaden their understanding of and improve their use of church music.

    Marsha Reilly, chair
    The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, ex officio

  • Minority Empowerment Initiative Trust

    The Minority Empowerment Initiative Trust is a not-for-profit affiliated ministry of the diocese that continues the work of the Minority Empowerment Committee. It is primarily responsible for overseeing distribution of funds provided through the William Cooper Procter Trust Fund for minority concerns, and to advocate justice for minorities as a paramount goal of the diocese.

    Ellie O. Johnson, Chair
    The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, ex officio

  • National and World Mission

    The Commission on National and World Mission promotes the worldwide mission programs of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church by being a source of information on the activities of voluntary mission groups, by supporting parishes and individuals in their activities related to domestic and foreign mission, and by increasing awareness in the diocese of what various parishes are doing outside the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

    The Rev. Thomas Fehr, chair

  • Ohio Council of Churches

    An ecumenical group that represents the various churches about legislative and political issues in state government.

    The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Bishop

  • Parish Health Ministry

    Parish Health Ministry: Reaching out through spiritual communities, health ministers serve the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.

    The Rev. Phyllis Armstrong, chair

  • Professional Development

    The canons of the church require all ordained clergy to participate in ongoing professional development. The mission of the Professional Development Committee is to encourage and facilitate Professional Development and make grants from funds made available by the bishop for that purpose.

    The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, staff liaison

  • Racism Training Task Force

    Oversees education and advocacy programs for eradicating institutional racism in the Church and society as a paramount goal of the diocese.

    Debby Stokes, coordinator
    The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, staff liaison

  • Social Justice & Episcopal Public Policy

    The mission of the Social Justice & Public Policy Commission is to inform, arouse, inspire and equip the people of God in the Diocese of Southern Ohio to be advocates for the poor, the marginalized, and the forgotten of our society and the world. We live out this mission tactically by: 1) sharing information related to global, national, ecumenical and local peace and justice concerns (linked to Episcopal Public Policy Network, Episcopal Relief and Development, Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, and other groups of advocates and advisors); 2) being a sounding board for the bishops and diocesan advocates working on matters informed by our baptismal promises to seek the welfare of all persons; 3) promoting policies at the diocesan and national levels of church governance that enhance faithful witness among communities in crisis; and 4) building bridges with ecumenical and interfaith allies concerned about similar issues of social justice and the common good.

    The Rev. Deniray Mueller, convener