General Convention Deputy

Position Description

Clergy and lay members elected to this position serve at the 79th General Convention in 2018, or any Special General Convention between their election and the election of their successors.  At Convention, the deputies consider amendments to the church’s constitution and canons, resolutions on ecclesiastical matters and social issues, adopt a budget for the ministry of the Episcopal Church, and elect people to various national offices.  Clergy members must be canonically resident in the Diocese; lay members must be adult communicants in good standing of the Church in the Diocese.


The 2018 General Convention is scheduled for July 5-13, 2018 in Austin, Texas.  Deputies will need to be available to attend during those dates.  Deputies are also expected to attend deputation meetings held in preparation for General Convention.

Gifts, Experiences and Skills:

  • Analytical thinker.
  • Experience and perspective of the Church beyond the parish.

Click here to apply for this role using the online Nominations form. 

Candidates for General Convention Deputy

Elect four lay and four clergy deputies for three-year terms:
Ms. Dianne Audrick Smith (St. Andrew’s Church, Cleveland)
Ms. Jenna Bing (St. Hubert’s Church, Kirtland Hills)
Mr. Dennis Coughlin (St. Paul’s Church, Cleveland Heights)
Ms. Jane Freeman (Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland)
Mr. William Powel (St. Paul’s Church, Cleveland Heights)
Ms. Karen Rockwell (St. Timothy’s Church, Macedonia)
Mr. James Simon (Church of Our Saviour, Akron)
The Rev. Debra Q. Bennett (Church of Our Saviour, Akron)
The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings (St. Timothy’s Church, Macedonia)
The Rev. Evan Fischer (St. James' Church, Wooster)
The Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston (St. Paul’s Church, Medina)
The Rev. Priscilla (Percy) Grant (St. Alban’s Church, Cleveland Heights)
The Rev. Dr. Brian K. Wilbert (Christ Church, Oberlin)