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 details about Standing Committee responsibilities and commitment. View Committee meeting dates.

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Standing Committee for 2023

Mr. Thomas Beatty
St. Philip's, Richmond
Term Ending 2025

Ms. Helen Penrod
Emmanuel, Harrisonburg
Term Ending 2025

The Rev. Santiago Rodriguez
Grace, Alexandria

Term Ending 2025

The Rev. Noelle York-Simmons
Christ Church, Alexandria
Term Ending 2025

The Rev. Christine Love Mendoza
Church of the Good Shepherd, Burke
Term Ending 2024

The Rev. Kristin Wickersham
Church of the Epiphany, Henrico
Term Ending 2024

Mr. Tom Baker
St. James's, Richmond
Term Ending 2024

Mr. M. Tyson Gilpin
Christ Church, Millwood
Term Ending 2024

The Rev. Cayce Ramey                                   All Saints, Sharon Chapel, Alexandria
Term Ending 2023

The Rev. Laura Lockey, Secretary
JMU Campus Ministry, Harrisonburg
Term Ending 2023

Ms. Jessica Atkinson, President
St. George's, Fredericksburg 
Term Ending 2023

Ms. Margaret Woody
St. Thomas, Richmond
Term Ending 2023


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.