Diocesan Council is the governing board for the diocese and is empowered to act on behalf of diocesan convention while it is not in session. The Council collaborates with the Bishop in developing and executing the diocese’s missional strategies, presenting a diocesan budget to the convention, and authorizing diocesan expenditures. See Diocesan Canon 27 for other responsibilities set forth to the Council.

Diocesan Council Meeting Dates

Diocesan Council generally meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
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Council Members

The Council is composed of the Bishop, one clerical and one lay member elected from each of the eight regions, three members appointed by the Bishop, and several ex officio members.

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North Montgomery County The Rev. Javier García Ocampo (2027) and Gordon Donnelly (2026)
Central Montgomery County The Rev. Jessica Hitchcock (2026) and Dr. Bayo Laniyonu (2025)
South Montgomery County The Rev. Anne Derse (2025) and Linda Baily (2027)
North DC The Rev. Kristen Hawley (2026) and Rich Alsterberg (2027)
Central DC The Rev. Richard Wall (2025) and Michael Armstrong (2026)
South DC The Rev. Michele H. Morgan (2027) and Emma Tucker (2025)
North Prince George County The Rev. Robert Bunker (2025), Michael Mangiapane (2026)
Southern Maryland The Rev. Susan Fritz (2027) and Eric Delk (2025)
Appointed Members The Rev. Emily Lloyd (2027), Catherine Able Thomas (2025), Will Thomas (2026)
Ex Officio Members w/Vote The Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde
President of the Episcopal Church Women: Dr. Patricia Taitt
Ex Officio Members w/o Vote Jonathan Nicholas (Treasurer), Keith Roachford (Secretary), Joe Alcock (Chair of Finance), John Van de Weert (Chancellor), The Rev. Andrew Walter (Canon to the Ordinary)