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.

Contact the Standing Committee by emailing standingcommittee@thediocese.net.

Standing Committee for 2021

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

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

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

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

The Rev. Andrew Merrow
St. Mary's, Arlington
Term Ending 2021

The Rev. Bambi Willis
Trinity, Fredericksburg
Term Ending 2021

Ms. Ashley Cameron, Secretary
St. Mary's, Goochland
Term Ending 2021

Ms. Christie Thomas, President
St. Paul's Memorial, Charlottesville
Term Ending 2021

The Rev. Dr. Dorothy White
St. John's & St. Mark's, Richmond
Term Ending 2022

The Rev. Anne Turner
Grace, Alexandria
Term Ending 2022

Ms. Deborah Gandy
St. Mary's, Arlington
Term Ending 2022

Ms. Diane Miller
St. Timothy's, Herndon
Term Ending 2022

   

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.