Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is a 12-member elected council of advice to the bishop. In certain circumstances (see the diocesan Canons) the Standing Committee is the ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese of Virginia in the absence of the Bishop. The Standing Committee is involved in a number of matters including church indebtedness and the ordination process. Four members (two clergy and two lay) are elected to three-year terms each year by the Annual Convention. View Committee meeting dates.

Standing Committee for 2019

Name Church Term Ending Position
The Rev. Carol Hancock St. John's, Centreville 2019 President
The Rev. Jane Piver Christ Church, Winchester 2019  
Ms. Betsy Anderson St. Alban's, Annandale 2019  
Mr. Brad Davenport Grace & Holy Trinity, Richmond 2019  
The Rev. David Niemeyer St. Mark's, Richmond 2020  
The Rev. Nik Forti The Fork Church, Doswell 2019  
Mr. Steve Walker Cople Parish, Hague 2020 Secretary
Ms. Diane Wright St. Mary's, Arlington 2020   
The Rev. Andrew Merrow St. Mary's, Arlington 2021  
The Rev. Bambi Willis Trinity, Fredericksburg 2021  
Ms. Ashley Cameron St. Mary's, Goochland 2021  
Ms. Christie Thomas St. Paul's Memorial, Charlottesville 2021  


Standing Committee and the Approval of Church Debt

There are two Virginia Canons that speak directly to the obligations of a church when considering the question of debt and the encumbering of church property: Canon 14 (Creation of Church Debt) and Canon 15 (Church Property). Please read these Canons and if you have any questions, please call the diocesan office at 1-800-DIOCESE and ask for the treasurer of the Diocese. You may also email questions to Ted Smith.

Procedural Documents

The Standing Committee takes its canonical duties very seriously with regard to the approval of church debt. Please see the links below for all relevant information. While the majority of the requests heard by the Standing Committee relate to Canon 14.1.a, there is a second type of debt approval and that involves operating debt. A different debt threshold exists for Canon 14.1.b and the process for such requests is found in the last item below.