Diocesan Convention Nominees for 2019

The Diocesan Council Clergy (Elect 2 for 3-year terms)

The Rev. Timothy Alleman
St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral & Holy Cross, Wilkes-Barre
Seeking Second Term

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I have had the joy of participating in envisioning new in the life of the diocese in recent years was on Council at the time of the merger of the Council and the Trustees in a unified Council. A strength of this body is that it reflects the diversity of the diocese. I continue to feel called to represent the northern part of the diocese and serve the whole diocese, promote that this body should represent the whole diocese. I am excited and humbled to serve this diocese on Council. God is doing good things among us!
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The Rev. Jane Williams
St. Andrew’s, Allentown (retired)
Seeking First Term

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I have served 35 years in ordained ministry as a bivocational priest and licensed psychologist in private practice. As a seminary professor for the past 8 years I am academically and personally aware of the pressures facing clergy and parishes in this time of NONES and DONES. I offer skills in consultation, teaching/training, researching, and writing, as well as excellence in pastoral care and counseling, contemplative practice, and theological reflection. I have successfully facilitated groups in transition with conflict, discerning goals, and envision ing non-binary possibilities when they experienced stuckness.

Diocesan Council Lay (Elect 2 for 3-year terms)

Rebecca McLaughlin
St. Mark’s, Moscow
Seeking First Term

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I respectfully ask to be nominated as a Member of the Diocesan Council. I have been a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Moscow, PA for 19 years. I am currently employed in a regional division of a global healthcare company. From a strategic viewpoint, I have participated in and led teams that have developed and deployed both short and long term business strategies. I am looking forward to using those skills for the benefit of our Diocese.

The Standing Committee Clergy (Elect 1 for a 4-year term)

The Rev. Earl Trygar
Retired
Seeking Second Term

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I recently retired as rector of St. Mark’s, Moscow. I am currently serving my first full term on Standing Committee. I have served on Diocesan Council. I own and operate Trygar’s Auto Center . I have been active in Scouting for over fifty years.

I have been privileged to serve on this committee throughout the recent period of transition. My desire is to continue to serve using the knowledge and insights that I have gleaned from that experience as we continue to envision the future of the diocese.

The Standing Committee Lay (Elect 1 for a 4-year term)

Liza Holzinger
St. Andrew’s, Allentown
Seeking Second Term

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I have served in leadership positions in my parish (Senior Warden, Stewardship Chair, Church School Superintendent, Youth Group leader), the Diocese (the Standing Committee and the Congregational Development and Renewal Committee), and in the community (Bethlehem CROP Hunger Walk committee). I am an EfM graduate. I recently retired as Director of Development and Public Relations Manager at the Bethlehem Area Public Library.

My compassion for my brothers and sisters is evident in the volunteer work I do with Victory House (men’s shelter), Stephen’s Place (recovery house), and the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter.

Commission on Ministry Clergy (Elect 1 for 3-year term)

The Rev. Canon Andrew Gerns
Trinity, Easton
Seeking First Term

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I am committed to encouraging and empowering the ministry of all the baptized. I have served on Commissions on MInistry in the dioceses of Bethlehem, West Virginia, and Connecticut, and on a state certification committee for the Association of Professional Chaplains (WV). I have mentored and guided several persons in both parish and clinical settings through discernment, formation, and ordination including theological students, new ordinands (both 1st & 2nd vocations), and laity in religious life. I believe that I can bring this perspective and experience to the work of the diocese and whole the people of God.
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The Rev. Laura Howell
St. Margaret’s, Emmaus &  St. Barnabas, Kutztown
Seeking First Term (currently filling an unexpired term)

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
As a priest, spiritual director, and life-long educator, taking part in the selection and formation of people for ministry, both lay and ordained, is one of the most important and sacred jobs I can think of. I have been serving as the secretary of COM and as coordinator of COM retreats. As COM reorganizes its procedures, I would be happy to assist, with a knowledge of the complexities of the process. God and convention willing, it would be an honor to serve another term.

Commission on Ministry Lay (Elect 1 for 3-year term)

No nominations submitted

Deputy to General Convention Lay (Elect 4 for 3-year term)

Raymond Arcario
Cathedral Church of the Nativity

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I served as a Deputy to General Convention in 2015. I currently serve on the Diocesan Standing Committee and previously served on Diocesan Council. I’ve been a delegate to our Diocesan Convention several times. I am organized, diligent, and firmly believe in building consensus by honoring all and working toward earnest inclusion. I have developed many relationships with persons throughout our diocese and feel I am able to fairly represent us as a deputy to General Convention. I am humbled that my faith journey has me here and anxiously look forward to our future together.
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Cathy Bailey
Cathedral Church of the Nativity

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
One of my gifts is leadership. I have served my parish as Delegate to Diocesan Convention, vestry member and have served on committees. I am the Diocesan Coordinator for EfM and UTO. These experiences have given me the ability to stay organized, run meetings and communicate with groups, large and small.

In 2006, I became interested in serving the national Church and was elected Deputy to GC. Since then I have attended the 2012, 2015, 2018 General Conventions and served on Evangelism/Communication and Stewardship of Creation Committees. It would be an honor to represent our Diocese at the General Convention.
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Laurie Kitzmiller
Trinity, Mt. Pocono

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I recently retired from a thirty year art teaching career and hold a Masters degree in Education. I am trained and certified to work with “at risk” students and teens. I have keen listening skills and the ability to “think outside the box”. I am a proficient writer and have excellent communication and technology skills. I have the gift of time, the desire to learn, a high level of creativity and a love and respect for the Episcopal Church and it’s ministry. I would be honored to serve beside others who are concerned and committed in the future of the Episcopal Church and our communities.
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Rebecca McLaughlin
St. Mark’s, Moscow

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I respectfully ask to be nominated as a Deputy (Lay) to General Convention. I have been a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Moscow, PA for 19 years. I love and cherish the old and newer traditions of the Episcopal faith. I am looking to serve our Church by utilizing my personal and professional experiences and welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the Diocese.

Deputy to General Convention Clergy (Elect 4 for 3-year term)

The Rev. Timothy Alleman
St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral & Holy Cross, Wilkes-Barre

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
In years past, my bi-vocational ministry has not made it possible to consider such service to the diocese and the wider Church. Now that I am a full-time parish priest in two parishes, I no longer have that challenge to this leadership. I am proud of our diocese and of our Episcopal Church and take seriously my vows to take part in the Councils of the Church as a priest. This would be my first General Convention. I am excited at the thought of experiencing this expression of the Church and feel called to offer myself for this role.
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The Rev. T. Scott Allen
St. Andrew’s, Allentown

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
It has been an honor to represent the Diocese of Bethlehem at our Triennial Convention for the past few Conventions. I have been able to serve on the Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music Committee in the past and on the Special Committee considering Prayer Book Revision and Same Sex Rites for marriage. I was appointed by Executive Council to serve on the Moravian-Episcopal Coordinating Committee which oversees our partnership with the Moravian Church. I have aspired to be accountable to the Diocese (local clergy and laity) by sharing resources gained at General Convention as well as legislative documents. Thanks!
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The Rev. Jane Bender
St. Margaret’s, Emmaus

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I served as Deputy to GC in: ’12, Indianapolis; ’15, Salt Lake City; and Alternate, ’18, Austin. If elected Deputy to ’21 GC in Baltimore, I would like to serve on either of these two Legislative Committees: Evangelism  & Church Planting, or Congregational & Diocesan Vitality. I have served as Interim Canon, The Cathedral Church of the Nativity; Associate Priest for Evangelism, St. Anne’s, Trexlertown; Priest- in-Charge, All Saints, Lehighton, currently serve as Priest-in-Charge, St. Margaret’s, Emmaus. I have served on Diocesan Council, The Diocesan Evangelism Committee, The Transition Committee for the Election of the Bishop, and The Standing Committee. I am committed to the “Way of Love” enumerated by the Natn. Church!
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The Very Rev. Tony Pompa
Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I have been honored to serve as a Deputy to General Convention for the past three conventions. I am grateful to have a broad experience of the church, its mission, and its mission priorities on the national level. I have previously served at convention as the vice-chair of the working group that ordered resolutions for consideration, and last convention on the committee considering mission and strategy. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies, Gay Clark Jennings provide a wonderful complement and focus for our national Church mission and polity.
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The Rev. Dennis Reid
St. Alban’s, Sinking Spring

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I hope to support the work and ministry of the Diocese of Bethlehem by acting as a deputy to General Convention in 2021. For years, I have had a keen interest in following the resolutions of General Convention and have thoroughly enjoyed attending two conventions as a visitor. I feel called now to attend as a deputy so that I may contribute to this work of the Church, especially in the areas of prayer book revision, liturgical creation, and matters of justice and racial reconciliation that are of such great importance to me and to our future as a Church. Thanks for your consideration.
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The Rev. Maria Tjeltveit
Mediator, Allentown

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
I bring faith, a commitment to the Diocese and the Episcopal Church, and leadership. I served in West Virginia, Virginia, and Newark before becoming rector of Mediator, Allentown (my 20th year), initiating the Refugee Community Center. As Canon for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and Co-Chair of the Moravian-Episcopal Coordinating Committee, I have a broad perspective on the Church. Serving on the Bishop Search Committee gave me insight into our mission and ministry. I was 1st Alternate at the last GC, spending a few sessions on the floor of the House of Deputies. I would be honored to serve as Deputy.
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The Rev. Susan Treanor
Trinity, Mt. Pocono

The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Bethlehem and this ministry include:
Prior to my ordinations in 2016, I worked as a community organizer on the Lower East Side. I taught tenants how to manage their own buildings, how to maintain, rehab, form coops, work with each other and purchase their buildings from the City of New York. This morphed into consulting with low income community groups throughout the city on their new construction and rehab projects. Both my Masters in community organizing and my experiences helped me focus on systems. My focus is now on my parish and I feel called to use these skills in service to the Episcopal Church.