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Diocesan 
Elections

The Diocese of Southwest Florida elected offices at the 55th Annual Convention scheduled on October 7, 2023. 

Diocesan Convention 2024 Election Results  

Questions? Contact Beth Gould, Administrative Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary, at bgould@episcopalswfl.org.

The following are election results by the 55th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, meeting at the Charlotte Harbor Events and Convention Center on October 7, 2022.

 

Watch the Convention Business Meeting Here

Delegates at the convention voted in person via the VPoll voting application. Please see the election results below:

ELECTION A BALLOT: Standing Committee, Lay: Elect one (1). Elect one (1) lay person to a (3) three-year term.

  1. Ms. Rachel Schnabel

ELECTION B BALLOT: Standing Committee, Presbyter: Elect two (2). Elect two (2) presbyters to a (3) three-year term

  1. The Rev. Dr. Jessica Harris Babcock

  2. The Rev. Michelle Robertshaw

ELECTION C BALLOT: Diocesan Council, At large, Lay: Elect two (2). Elect two (2) lay persons to a (2) two-year term.

  1. Mr. Richard Helms

  2. Ms. Marla Ryder

ELECTION D BALLOT: Ecclesiastical Disciplinary Board, Lay: Elect one (1). Elect one (1) Lay person to a 3-year term

  1. Mr. Justin Miller

ELECTION E  BALLOT: Ecclesiastical Disciplinary Board, Clergy: Elect two (2). Elect two (2) clergy to a 3-year term.

  1. The Rev. Michael Alford

  2. The Rev. Marcella Drawdy

ELECTION F BALLOT: University of the South Trustee, Lay: Elect one (1). Elect one (1) lay person to a three-year term, which begins 7/1/2024 and ends 6/30/2027

  1. Jeffery Patenaude

The convention also affirmed Diocesan Council elections, held in September. These are:

  • Clearwater Deanery – The Rev. Peter Lane, St. Alfred’s, Clearwater – 3rd Term

  • Ft. Myers Deanery – The Rev. Bill Van Oss, St. Michael & All Angels, Sanibel – 3rd Term

  • Manasota Deanery – Ms. MaryPage Hill, Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota – 2nd Term

  • Naples Deanery – The Rev. Jonathan Evans, St. Monica’s, Naples – 2nd Term

  • St. Petersburg Deanery –The Rev. Anne Hartley, St. Thomas’, St. Pete– 1st Term

  • Tampa Deanery – Ms. Katie Arp, St. John the Divine, Sun City – 2nd Term

  • Tampa Deanery – The Rev. Dale Van Wormer, St John’s, Tampa- unexpired - 2nd Term

  • Venice Deanery – Mr. Randy Arsenault, Good Shepherd, Punta Gorda – 2nd Term

 

The members of the 55th Diocesan Convention affirmed the appointments to the Commission on Ministry.

Lay:   Appoint 2 Lay (three-year terms/No more than two consecutive terms)

  • Ning Bonoan

  • James Corn 

Deacon: Appoint 2 Deacon (three-year terms/No more than two consecutive terms)

  • The Venerable Michael Kitt

  • The Rev. Mary Alice Lopez

 

The members of the 55th Diocesan Convention affirmed the appointments of the Canonical Deans.

  • (Fort Myers) ....................................... The Very Rev. A. Charles Cannon [2023-2026]           

  • (Clearwater)....................................... The Very Rev. Raynald S. Bonoan [2021-2024]

  • (Manasota)......................................... The Very Rev. Matthew Grunfeld [2023-2026]

  • (Naples)............................................. The Very Rev. Edward C. Gleason [2021-2024]

  • (St. Petersburg)................................... The Very Rev. Alexander Andujar [2022-2025]

  • (Tampa) .............................................. The Very Rev. Robert C. Douglas [2022-2025]

  • (Venice)..................................................... The Very Rev. Cesar Olivero [2023-2026]

 

After the convention, the newly formed Standing Committee elected new officers. These officers are:

    • President: The Rev. Ryan R. Whitley

    • Vice President: The Rev. Michelle Robertshaw

    • Secretary: The Hon. Jack Day 

    • Liaison to the C.O.M.: Mr. Duane Hollier

    • Members:

Presbyters:
The Rev. A. Charles Cannon, III [2024 - 2nd term]
The Rev. Dr. Jessica Harris Babcock [2026 -1st term]
The Rev. Michelle L. Robertshaw [2023- 2nd term]
The Rev. James C. Teets  [2024 - 2nd term]
The Rev. Ryan R. Whitley  [2025 – 2nd term]

Lay Members:
Mr. Duane A. Hollier, Sr. [2024 – 2nd term]
Ms. Rachel Schnabel [2026 -1st term]
Ms. Jacqueline Smith [2025 - 2nd term]
The Hon. Jack Day [2025 - 1st term]

About the Positions

  • Standing Committee: The Standing Committee is a council advising the bishop. In certain circumstances, the Standing Committee is the ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese of Southwestern Florida in the absence of the bishop. The Standing Committee is involved in a number of matters including church indebtedness and ordination. Standing Committee members serve three-year terms, and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. They meet monthly on Tuesday mornings, or as needed. 

 

  • Diocesan Council: Diocesan Council is the board of directors for the corporation of the diocese and serves as an "interim body” between conventions. It is responsible for the oversight of the work of the diocese including finance, congregational development, property issues, diocesan policy, DaySpring and other matters concerning the fabric of the diocesan community. Council usually meets on the third Saturday of the month at DaySpring, about six times a year.

  • Disciplinary Board: The Disciplinary Board consists of nine persons (five clergy and four lay) who meet in order to consider the ecclesiastical discipline of a bishop, priest or deacon, governed by Title IV of the Canons for the Government of the Episcopal Church.

  • University of the South Trustee: The Board of Trustees is composed of individuals from each of the 28 constituent dioceses of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Individuals from the associated alumni, faculties, staff, the student bodies, as well as trustees at-large are also elected as representatives. The Board of Trustees elects and appoints a Board of Regents, a Chancellor, a Vice-Chancellor, and a Chaplain to serve the University and governs matters related to the Charter, the Constitution, and the University Domain.

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