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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.

Members of Diocesan Council


Term Expires 205th Convention (2021)
  • The Rev. Kelly Aughenbaugh
  • Ms. Anne Coen (Central East Mission Area Representative)
  • Mr. Hugh Grefe
  • The Rev. Lisa O'Rear (Northeast Mission Area Representative)
  • Ms. Dianne Audrick Smith
  • The Rev. Sharon Williams

Term Expires 206th Convention (2022)

  • Dr. Raymond W. Cox, III (Summit Mission Area Representative)
  • Mr. James Hockey
  • Mr. Lee Kauffman ( North Central Mission Area Representative)
  • The Rev. Rose Anne Lonsway
  • The Rev. Rose Greg Stark
  • Mr. Michael Wells
  • Open (Southeast Mission Area Representative)

Term Expires 207th Convention (2023)

  • The Rev. Chris Decatur
  • Dr. Carol Heckman (West Mission Area Representative)
  • Ms. Lysa Kenney
  • The Rev. Lisa Tucker-Gray
  • Ms. Kimberly Wilson
  • Ms. Ute Lindenmaier Vilfroy (Cuyahoga Mission Area Representative)


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


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

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule

December 5, 2020

January 21, 2021

February 18, 2021

March 18, 2021

May 20, 2021

June 17, 2021

September 16, 2021

October 21, 2021

Diocesan Council Minutes

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