Search Committee

The Search Committee is responsible for receiving the names of qualified candidates for bishop, and for screening the applications, interviewing the candidates, and prayerfully discerning the needs in the diocese for episcopal leadership, apprised throughout by information gathered during the profile process. Finally, the Search Committee will recommend a slate of nominees for bishop to the Standing Committee.

Leadership Team:


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Jay Swope

Chair of Search Committee
"As many others far wiser than me have observed, this is a time of great change in our culture, challenging all of us to keep up without losing sight of the essential elements of the mission and core values that define us.  The Episcopal Church in Colorado has done much over the past decade to do just that, and I am excited and humbled to be part of this holy endeavor of finding a chief pastor who is equipped to help us live into our common future."


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Jack Finlaw

St. John's Cathedral, Denver
"I am honored to be called to assist with the bishop’s search.  I come to this work full of joy and hope for The Episcopal Church in Colorado and with a conviction that, through prayer and the spirit of community that will grow from our work together, God will be present in our discernment process. I hope that lessons I’ve learned from having served on other rector and Bishop Search Committees, and the perspective I bring of someone who has served the broader church as a member of diocesan and Episcopal Church committees and commissions and as a deputy to General Convention, will be of value to the committee."


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The Rev. Elizabeth Randall

Rector, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Denver
"After prayerful discernment, I was honored to accept the call to serve on the Search Committee. This is important and holy work, and I am happy to offer what I can to the process. I am an active listener, and I am committed to holding a space where many voices can be heard and respected."


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The Rev. John Wengrovius

Chaplain of Search Committee
"I have been active in diocesan ministry for over 45 years, the last 40 as a priest, and I am deeply honored to be appointed the Chaplain to the Search Committee."


Committee Members:

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Darren Armstrong

Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church, Denver
"I feel honored and humbled to serve as a member  of the Search Committee. I look forward to sharing the exciting vision of this diocese with those who will feel the call to lead us."

 


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Dr. Carol Gerard

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Breckenridge
"I ask your prayers for wisdom and insight for this extraordinary responsibility as we continue to move toward our calling as church of compassion, justice, and humility."


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The Rev. Wendy Huber

Rector, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church/St. John’s Episcopal Church/All Saints Episcopal Church
"I am honored and joyful to serve our Church assisting in the identification of a group of candidates for our next bishop election. The Episcopal Church in Colorado is blessed to be composed of such a diverse and beautiful fabric. I am blessed by and committed to ensuring the needs of the small church are met as well as the more remote churches in our large state.  I look forward to working collaboratively with the committee to make recommendations to the Standing Committee."


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Nancy Jones

St. Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs
"As a lay leader among clergy on the Bishop Search Committee, I take seriously the opportunity to represent the aspirations of the people in the pews. As I listen for the Holy Spirit, listen with me, and keep us in your prayers."


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The Rev. Nicholas Myers

Rector, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Centennial
"I am looking forward to journeying with the people of the diocese in listening to God’s common call to us as we seek a new diocesan bishop and am energized by the work of imagining a new future for our diocese that is vital, engaged, and faithful to the call of Jesus, as well as the needs of our world. Helping to identify who might help us lean into this future is an honor and gift as I serve on the Search Committee."


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Rick Parker

All Saints Episcopal Church, Loveland
"I’m excited to be part of the new bishop search process because it is holy work that will impact the direction of the diocese for years to come. I’m blessed to be working with such a inspired group and I expect to transformed by the experience."


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The Rev. Rich Paul

Deacon, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Grand Junction
"I am humbled and honored to serve on the Bishop Search Committee.  I am excited to assist in selecting the right bishop to serve this diverse and vibrant community, whose leadership will in turn maintain and grow the welcoming, nurturing, and missional spirit of The Episcopal Church in Colorado."


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Angie Thomson

St. John’s Cathedral, Denver
"I am grateful for the opportunity to assist with this work, humbled by the task before us, and excited to meet our eleventh bishop of Colorado."


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The Rev. Leigh Waggoner

Rector, St. Barnabas of the Valley, Cortez
I came to The Episcopal Church in Colorado seven years ago and was astounded to learn what a healthy, faithful, forward thinking diocese looked like. I am eager to participate in our search for a bishop who will continue what the Spirit is doing here.


Non-Members Supporting the Committee:

The Rev. Rick Callaway, Consultant
Michael Vente, Administrator

 

Profile Committee

The Profile Committee is responsible first for gathering information and data from regional gatherings, diocesan surveys, and parochial reports and then for presenting that information and data into an online profile. The Profile of The Episcopal Church in Colorado will communicate who we are, what we believe, and who we seek.
 

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Helen Barron

St. Barnabas Church, Denver
"Bishop O’Neill has led us so competently, he has created a position that will be a challenge to fill. I have every confidence that the Holy Spirit will guide the process to help us find the person who will take us the next way on the path."


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The Rev. Sandra Boyd

Retired Supply Clergy
"I'm pleased to participate in the calling of a new bishop for The Episcopal Church in Colorado.  This offers me the opportunity to contribute my writing skills and wide experience of the diocese during my years of interim/ supply ministry and service on the Board of Examining Chaplains."


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The Rev. Rebecca Brown

Rector, Church of Christ the King, Arvada
"The profile is often the first window that a candidate has into the diocese, and I feel it is very important to give as clear a picture as possible to those who would consider entering this search process. Being a part of this committee also allows me to hear the many different voices of Episcopalians in Colorado and to take part in discerning how the Spirit is at work among them."


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The Rev. Peter M. Floyd

Profile Committee Chairperson
Rector, Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Colorado Springs
"I feel it is important that the profile of our diocese give an accurate reflection of who we are and where we are being called to go. I also want our new bishop to know they are being called to an amazing corner of God's kingdom, and will be welcomed with open arms upon their arrival."


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Lena Sewell

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Broomfield
"I am looking forward to working on our diocesan profile with the members of this team. Claiming our history and looking to a shared future with our new bishop is important work in the life of any diocese, and I feel honored to be part of it."


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Beckett Stokes

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Denver
"As a previous director of communications for the diocese, I had the privilege of spending nearly nine years learning about and telling the stories of the people and places that make up The Episcopal Church in Colorado. We are a unique place and a unique diocese, and it is important that those who feel called to lead us have a clear understanding of how different we are and how we are bound together."


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The Rev. Hollis Wright

Rector, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Grand Junction
"I am delighted to serve the diocese as we develop our profile, part of the search for our new bishop. May we go from strength to strength!"