Dear Friends in Christ,

The Standing Committee is pleased to announce the members of the Bishop Coadjutor Search Committee. We believe that the members reflect the characteristics, skills and experience that we set forth in our letter calling for nominations, and also reflect the rich diversity of our diocese. The following people have agreed to serve:

  • Jeffrey [Jeff] Ayres, Redeemer, Baltimore (Layperson)
  • Terrell Boston-Smith, Emmanuel, Baltimore (Layperson)
  • Margaret Brack, St. Thomas’, Hancock (Priest)
  • Nathaniel [Nat] Gibson, St. Michael and All Angels, Baltimore (Deacon)
  • Sally Goss, St. John’s, Ellicott City (Layperson)
  • R. Matt Humm, St. Paul’s, Prince Frederick (Priest)
  • Amanda Morell, St. James’, Baltimore (Layperson)
  • Jane O’Leary, St. John’s, Havre de Grace (Deacon)
  • Jessica [Jess] Sexton, Trinity, Long Green (Priest)
  • William Shaw, Holy Comforter, Lutherville (Layperson)
  • Joan Shisler, Middleham and St. Peter’s, Lusby (Layperson)
  • M. Dion Thompson, St. Anne’s, Annapolis (Priest)


Previously selected members:

Co-Chairs of the Search Committee

  • Randy K. Callender, St. Phillip’s, Annapolis (Priest)
  • Vicki Willard, Trinity, Elkridge (Layperson)


Chaplain for the Bishop Search Process (Search, Transition, and Standing Committees, and Candidates)

  • Monique Ellison, Messiah, Baltimore and St. Matthias’, Baltimore (Priest)


The Standing Committee thanks all those members of our diocese who nominated themselves and others. It truly was a difficult task to narrow the 44 nominees down to the twelve members of the Search Committee. All 44 of the nominees are a great gift to our diocese, and it is our hope that all will continue to discern a role for themselves in our congregations and in our diocese.

We ask for your prayers for the all those involved in the search process and for our bishops, as we begin the journey to discern the current state of our diocese. We ask your prayers for the direction of our community of love in the future and for the election of a bishop coadjutor who will lead us toward that future.

Faithfully yours,

Mary DeKuyper, President
Dave Boyce
Diana Carroll+
Adrien Dawson+, Vice-President
Mark Gatza+, Secretary
John Henderson
Kari-Ann Lynne
Kathy Shahinian+