Executive Board

The Executive Board is the governing body of the Diocese of Virginia in between sessions of Annual Convention and is responsible for oversight of the budget and program of the Diocese. Much of the program of the Diocese is done by the work of committed volunteers formed in committees and commissions.

The Executive Board is composed as follows: The Bishop, the Bishop Coadjutor if there is one, and the Suffragan Bishops if there are any, as well as 16 members selected by the 16 regions of the Diocese to terms of three years. By custom, the Episcopal Church Women are represented by the ECW President, who has seat and voice but no vote on the Board. The Bishop is the President of the Board, and a lay vice president is elected annually. Currently, the Assistant Bishop and the Assisting Bishop are members with seat and voice, and with responsibilities in particular program areas, but not with vote.

In addition, at the 226th Annual Convention, an amendment was made to Canon 7.1 of the Constitution and Canons. It reads as follows:

“To provide for wider diversity and equity that may not always be represented, the Bishop may appoint, with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee, no more than three at-large members (whether lay or clerical) for a one-year term, with the option of reappointment for each at-large member for no more than two additional one-year terms. The appointed at-large members shall be clergy who are on the Official List of the Clergy of the Diocese (Canon1) or lay persons eligible for election to the Vestry of a Church in the Diocese and may not be the Dean or President of a Region or a member of the Standing Committee.”

The four priority areas of the Diocese, as stated by Bishop Goff in her pastoral address at Annual Convention are:

  • Healing across differences
  • Sharing the faith of Jesus
  • Caring for God’s creation
  • Resourcing God’s mission

These four areas will inform the work done by the Executive Board, especially in their oversight of budget and program.

Meeting Schedule of the Executive Board
Contact the Executive Board 

The 2020 Executive Board

The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff
Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority 
Executive Board President


Elected Members

The Rev. Jo Belser
Church of the Resurrection, Alexandria
Alexandria Region

The Rev. Catherine Campbell
San Jose and Cristo Rey, Arlington
Arlington Region

The Rev. Andrew Moore
St. Andrew’s, Richmond
Central Richmond Region

Ms. Barbara McMurry
Grace, Keswick
Charlottesville Region

Ms. Mary Ann Cowherd
St. Stephen's, Culpeper
Culpeper Region

Ms. Cindy Helton
St. George's, Fredericksburg
ECW President

The Rev. Jay Morris
Aquia, Stafford
Fredericksburg Region

Mr. Garway A.D. Bright
Vice President of Executive Board
Christ Church, Glen Allen
Member at Large

Ms. Cheryl Groce-Wright
Holy Comforter, Richmond
Member at Large

Ms. Alda White
Trinity, Fredericksburg
Member at Large

The Rev. David Lucey
St. Francis', Great Falls
North Fairfax Region

The Rev. Chris Miller
Immanuel, Old Church, Mechanicsville
North Richmond Region

Ms. Sandra Kirkpatrick
St. Stephen's, Heathsville
Northern Neck Region

Mr. Karl Colder, Sr. 
St. David's, Ashburn 
Northern Piedmont Region

Mr. George Omohundro
St. Luke's, Alexandria
Potomac Region

Mr. Sergio Gutierrez
La Iglesia de Santa Maria, Falls Church
South Fairfax Region

Mr. Preston Sudduth
St. George's, Stanley
So. Shenandoah Valley Region

The Rev. Barbara Marques
St. John's, West Point
Upper Tidewater Region

Mr. Ken Royston
Christ Church, Glen Allen
West Richmond Region

The Rev. Webster Gibson
Christ Church, Winchester
Winchester Region