Diocesan Council

The Diocesan Council is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the diocesan program and budget. Between diocesan Conventions, the Council functions much like the “vestry” of the diocese, establishing policies and programs for congregational management in the form of business policies and practices. The Council screens and acts on all requests for capital funding and grants. The Diocesan Council is also responsible for the initiation and development of new work between sessions of the Annual Convention. Council members may be asked to serve on an additional diocesan commission or committee. Meetings of Council are held on the third Thursday afternoon seven times each year.

For a full description, please choose this link: Position Descriptions

Members of Diocesan Council

Term Expires 
201st Convention (2017)

  • The Rev. George R. Baum
  • Ms. Rose Ann Brennan (Cuyahoga Mission Area Representative)
  • The Rev. M. June Hardy Dorsey
  • Mr. Will Ezzell (West Mission Area Representative)
  • Mr. Gilbert Newlands
  • Mr. Ernest Q. Petrey Jr.
  • Ms. Ann Shelly (South Central Mission Area Representative)

Term Expires 
202nd Convention (2018)

  • The Rev. Zeke Coughlin
  • Mr. Hugh Grefe
  • Ms. Diane Hexter
  • The Rev. Ann Kidder (Northeast Mission Area Representative)
  • The Rev. Peter Nielsen
  • Open (Central East Mission Area Representative)

Term Expires 
203th Convention (2019)

  • Dr. Raymond W. Cox, III
  • The Rev. Shawn Dickerson
  • Ms. Karen Neilsen (Summit Mission Area Representative)
  • The Rev. Rose Ann Lonsway
  • Ms. Anna Risch
  • Mr. Tom Wells ( North Central Mission Area Representative)
  • Open (Southeast Mission Area Representative)


  • The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., Bishop of Ohio
  • Mr. Tom Austin, Treasurer
  • Ms. Hilary Nerby, ECW President


  • Mr. William A. Powel, III, Canon to the Ordinary
  • Ms. Eva Cole, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Bishop

2015-2016 Meeting Schedule

December 4-5, 2015

January 21, 2016

February 18, 2016

March 17, 2016

May 19, 2016

June 16, 2016

September 8, 2016

October 20, 2016

Diocesan Council Minutes

The approved minutes from Diocesan Council meetings are available for review by contacting Eva Cole in the Office of the Bishop.