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 the Current Year (2017)
|The Rev. Randy Alexander||Immanuel on-the-Hill, Alexandria||2018|
|The Rev. Alex Riffee||St. James, Louisa||2018|
|Ms. Helen Spence||St. Christopher's, Springfield||2018||President|
|Mr. Steve Wachenfeld||Grace, Cismont, Keswick||2018|
|The Rev. Grant Ambrose||Ware, Gloucester||2019||Secretary|
|The Rev. Carol Hancock||St. John's, Centreville||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. Phoebe Roaf||St. Philip's, Richmond||2020|
|Mr. Steve Walker||Cople Parish, Hague||2020|
|Ms. Diane Wright||St. Mary's, Arlington||2020|
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.
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.
- Requirements for Standing Committee Approval of Indebtedness
- Indebtedness Approval Worksheet
- Annual Indebtedness reporting form
- Annual indebtedness reporting form instructions
- Canon 14.1.a debt requests (capital debt) and expected timeline on such requests
- Canon 14.1.b debt requests (operating debt)