Standing Committee

The nominees listed below were elected at this year's Annual Council.

Clerical Order

Lay Order

The Rev. J. Randolph Alexander, Jr. (Randy)
Immanuel-on-the-Hill, Alexandria, Region IV
Nominated by Cindi Bartol; Endorsed by Region IV

Professional/Educational Background:
BA, Psychology, minor in Religious Studies, The University of Virginia
MDiv, The General Theological Seminary
DMin student, The Virginia Theological Seminary

Church Involvement – Local, Diocesan, National:
Rector, Immanuel-on-the-Hill, Alexandria (Region IV)
Commission on Ministry (Committee on the Priesthood), 2015-
Member, Bishop Goff's Think-Tank on Diocesan mission and ministry
Adjunct Instructor, The Virginia Theological Seminary
Nominee for Bishop Suffragan, the Diocese of Virginia, 2012
(In the Diocese of New York: Diocesan Trustee, elected member of Diocesan Council [Executive Board], Dean of Clericus

Pertinent skills you bring to this work:
21 years as a priest, service in 4 dioceses, positions of Rector, Assistant, and Curate, a love of the Lord and the amazing, diverse people of God in this Diocese, experience in budgeting, planning, and discernment

Why do you wish to serve?
I would like to be of service to the larger Church, especially to our Diocese and our Bishops.  I have been asked by several folks to consider service on the Standing Committee, and I feel called to such service and think I would enjoy serving on this body with lay and clergy colleagues. 

The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas
St. Paul's Memorial Church, Charlottesville
Nominated by self; Endorsed by Region XV

Professional/Educational Background:
Eastern University, B.A. Organizational Management
Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, M.Div. 2013

Church Involvement - local, diocesan, national:
Organist and Choirmaster - various churches (Episcopal and others) in the Philadelphia area
ECW President - Diocese of PA
Chair, Spiritual Growth Resources Committee, Diocese of Pennsylvania
Diocesan Coordinator - Episcopal Relief and Development (PA and Central PA)
Diocesan Coordinator - Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation (PA and Central PA)
Advisory Committee (rebranding project) Episcopal Relief and Development
Region XV Board (At-Large)

Pertinent skills you bring to this work:
A lifelong Episcopalian, I love this church and I love God. I have a keen understanding of organizational dynamics and how those dynamics affect decision-making and leadership. I practice collaborative leadership and seek common vision and understanding among groups with whom I have worked. I believe that all of these skills, including my experience working in two different dioceses in the Episcopal Church, would serve me well on the Standing Committee.

Why do you wish to serve?
As one who is relatively new to the diocese, I bring a fresh perspective backed by four decades of working in and around the Church in many capacities. I love this diocese and hope to use my gifts of organization and leadership to serve in this way.

Mrs. Helen King Spence
St. Christopher's, Springfield, Region VII
Nominated by the Very Rev. Dr. Dede Duncan Probe; Endorsed by Region VII

Professional/Educational Background:
Bachelor of Music in Music Education, University of Delaware 1976
Music Educator and Choir Director
Bookkeeper, Chantilly Lube, Inc. 1996-present
Bookkeeper, St. Christopher’s Preschool 2000-2015
PTA Boards – Elementary, Middle & High School (President 1992-1994)
Office Manager, Alexandria, VA
Office Manager, Oklahoma City, OK

Church Involvement - local, diocesan, national:
Choir, Lay Eucharistic Ministry, Pledge Monitor, Finance Committee, Stewardship Committee – St. Christopher’s Episcopal, Springfield, VA
Coordinator for Lay Committees, Virginia Theological Seminary – Lay Committee work and Field Ed Advisory Committee since 1988
Region VII Treasurer, Region VII member of Executive Board, Region VII President (successive offices – President is current)
Teller for Annual Meeting, Diocesan Budget Committee, Diocesan Stewardship Committee (current)
2015 Deputy to General Convention

Pertinent skills you bring to this work:
I am a good listener – and work to listen to what is being said, not just to how I need to respond.  I am organized and enjoy all of the work I do for the Diocese of Virginia.  I work well with other committee members, and enjoy meeting new people and learning new things.  I also know how to keep a confidence.

Mr. Stephen C. Wachenfeld
Grace, Keswick
Nominated by The Very Rev. Jane Piver; Endorsed by Region XV

Professional/Educational Background:
BA, Elementary Education, State University of New York at New Paltz, 1967
MS, Reading and Elementary Education, State University of New York at New Paltz, 1973
CAS, Administration and Supervision, State University of New York at New Paltz, 1975

In 34 years as a teacher and school administrator, I served the last 26 as an elementary principal.  My school was recognized by the US Department of Education in the first year of the School Recognition Program 1986 as a model for elementary education.  I served from 1992 – 1999 on the Executive Board of the State of New York School Administrators Association.  After retiring in 1999,  I served as an adjunct at James Madison University in Harrisonburg in the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department as a Student Teacher Supervisor from September 2002 to May 2015.

I am also a US Army veteran, having served from 1968 – 1971.

Church Involvement - local, diocesan, national:
St. James, Hyde Park, New York: Vestry 1972-1979, Assistant Treasurer, Lay Reader and Chalice Administrator.

St.Lawrence of Canterbury, Dix Hills, New York:!980-1988, Confirmation Class teacher and mentor, Acolyte Trainer, Lay Reader and Chalice Administrator

St. John’s, Huntington, New York: Vestry 1988 -1999, Co-Chair Search Committee 1990, Acolyte Trainer, Lay Reader and Chalice Administrator.

Grace, Keswick, Virginia, Vestry 2000 – 2003 and 2009-2012, Treasurer 2000-2003 oversaw a $1,000,000.00 new Parish Hall addition, Chair, Interim Search Committee 2012, Manager Food Closet 2008 -2015, Acolyte Trainer, Lay Reader and Chalice Administrator.

Delegate to Annual Council, 2007 to present
Vice President, Region XV 2010
President Region XV 2011-2014
Acting President, Region XV 2015|
Diocese Executive Board 2013 – 2015
Vice President, Diocese Executive Board 2014
Appointed to the Bishop’s Region Re-Visioning Task Force 2015

Pertinent skills you bring to this work:
My educational background in human resources and my various administrative skills which I have demonstrated over the years serving in the public education sector will form a firm foundation for me to be a contributing member of the Standing Committee.  My dedication to the work of the Diocese as indicated by my many experiences in leadership roles will provide me with the necessary skills to make informed and educated decisions.

Why do you wish to serve?
I see this as an opportunity to continue serving the Diocese at an exciting time in our history.  I believe I have the diversity of experience and the desire to use that in a positive way to support the continued growth of our Diocese and our Bishops’ vision.