Standing Committee

The Standing Committee consists of six clergy and six laypersons, elected for three-year terms by delegates from every faith community in ECMN gathered in Convention. The general duties of the Standing Committee are to be a Counsel of Advice to the Bishop, and to consider consents for a parish, mission, or ECMN entity to acquire, dispose of, or encumber the real property; approve candidates for ordination to the diaconate or priesthood; and consent to the elections of and proposed consecrations of bishops in The Episcopal Church. Also, in the event there is no Bishop, the Standing Committee acts as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota until a Bishop can be elected.

The Standing Committee holds monthly meetings, and the dates of upcoming Standing Committee meetings are published on the ECMN website. A portion of the agenda is routinely devoted to considering requests by faith communities and governing bodies of ECMN institutions for the Standing Committee’s advice and consent to various transactions. Special meetings can be arranged in exigent circumstances, but the Standing Committee prefers to keep such meetings to a minimum in view of the frequency of its regular meetings.

Standing Committee members, listed by year of term expiration:

Terms expire 2020

The Rev. Debbie Brown, debronmn@aol.com
Chris Commers, commersc@gmail.com
Sue Grove, Sue.Grove@riverland.edu
The Rev. Ramona Scarpace, rscarpace@comcast.net

Terms expire September 2019

Laura Bathke, lsbathke@gmail.com
The Rev. Justin Chapman,  justinpchapman@gmail.com
The Rev. Siri Hustad, sirihustad@gmail.com
Alexis Roy, msalexisroy@gmail.com

Terms expire September 2018

The Rev. Tom Cook, tcook@ststephens.com
Judy Shoulak, judithshoulak@gmail.com
Rich Simons, richard.simons@honeywell.com
Tom Gehlsen, thomasgehlsen204@gmail.com