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ECS Development Council

Position Description


Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Development Council members review grant proposals submitted by Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of Ohio to serve the needs of local communities throughout the diocese and to build Episcopal identity. Grants are funded through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and Church Home funds.


Episcopal Community Services members serve for a three-year term. Lay members must be confirmed adult communicants of the Episcopal Church in good standing. Clerical members must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Ohio.

ECS council members meet four times each year in full committee at Trinity Commons or by Zoom video conference. In November, grant-review subcommittee teams meet by conference call, as agreed upon by their members, to review grant applications in detail and to develop recommendations for review in full committee. In addition to serving on grant review teams, ECS council members make at least one site visit each year to grant recipients, and promote awareness of the work of ECS among our parishes and community. Council members advocate for and make a financial contribution to the Bishop's Annual Appeal as they are able.

In compliance with the 201st Diocesan Convention Resolution R-2, all Diocesan elected office holders are required to receive anti-racism training within one year of their assuming office.

Gifts, Experiences and Skills
The Diocese will benefit from Episcopal Community Service Development Council members who have a passion for outreach and a commitment to working with other members of the committee.

Recent Accomplishments
The Episcopal Community Services Development Council has recently updated the granting criteria and process, and has introduced a new ECS online grant application. We are developing ways for ECS council members to more actively raise awareness of ECS work in the community, as well as the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

Continuing Members of ECS Development Council

Mr. Leslie Blakemore, St. Andrew's, Cleveland
Mr. Jeffrey Fowler, All Saints', Parma
Ms. Lindsay Graves, Christ Church, Oberlin
Mr. Tucker Handley, St. Peter's, Lakewood
Ms. Charlene Hettinger, Epiphany, Euclid
Mr. Todd Rosenberg, St. Paul's, Akron
Ms. Anne Schwan, Our Saviour, Akron
Ms. Mary Shepherd, St. Paul's, Akron
Ms. Anne Yug, St. Andrew's, Elyria
The Rev. Stephen Ashby, Ascension, Lakewood
The Rev. Jeffry Bunke, St. Timothy's, Perrysburg
The Rev. Bryan Gillooly, Christ Church, Shaker Heights
The Rev. Daniel Orr, St. Mark's, Shelby
The Rev. Sarah Shofstall

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Candidates for ECS Development Council

Elect three lay and one clergy for 3-year terms and one lay unexpired 2-year term: