Title IV: Getting Involved

Who is needed to make this work?

  • Intake Officers – the Rev. Jackie Thomson and the Rev. Sven vanBaars.
  • Disciplinary Board – elected by the Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia. Current board includes Karen Grane, The Rev. Susan MacDonald, Janet Peyton, The Rev. Canon Leslie Steffenson, Steve Walker, The Rev. Melissa Hollerith, Peggy Miller, The Rev. Al Reiners, The Very Rev. Kathy Guin, The Rev. Bo Milner, Carolyn Voldrich, JP Causey, Chancellor of the Diocese, and The Rev. Canon Mary Brennan Thorpe serve as resources/liaisons to the Disciplinary Board.
  • Church Attorney – Brad Davenport, Esq.; Assistant Church Attorneys - R. Scott Caulkins, David A. Penrod, Renee S. Rutkowski. The Church Attorney receives Intake Officer reports, oversees investigations, and in other ways functions on behalf of the church.
  • Other Canonical Participants in Title IV- Mr. J.P. Causey, Jr., Chancellor for the Diocese and The Rev. Dr. Mary Brennan Thorpe, Canon to the Ordinary and Procedural Officer.

We also need appropriate persons from across the Diocese to serve in four areas. You may nominate yourself or someone else to serve in one of these roles by completing a nomination form and submitting it to please the Rev. Canon Mary Brennan Thorpe (800-DIOCESE x1013).

  • Investigators – Persons with sufficient knowledge, skill, experience and training to conduct investigations and to make formal reports of investigations. Investigators use appropriate investigative means, with due consideration to pastoral sensitivities.
  • Advisors – Persons who support, assist, consult with and advise Complainants (those who bring information to the Intake Officer) and Respondents (those who are the subject of matters reported) in any matter of discipline.
  • Conciliators – Persons skilled in dispute resolution techniques who seek a resolution that promotes healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among the Complainant, Respondent, affected Community and others involved in the matter.
  • Pastoral Care Team Members – Persons with skills in prayer and pastoral care who provide care for the Complainant, the Complainant’s family, the Respondent, the Respondent’s family, Injured Persons, Injured Persons’ families, any affected Community, witnesses and the Disciplinary Board.