Governance and Administration

The Diocesan Convention is held each year and is composed of Clergy and Lay Delegates from around the diocese. Delegates vote on proposed resolutions and elections to diocesan bodies. Learn more.

The Constitution and Canons are the rules governing the diocese and of the Episcopal church.

Diocese of Bethlehem Constitution effective September 30, 2017

Diocese of Bethlehem Canons effective October 12, 2018

2018 Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church

Commission on Ministry

The Commission on Ministry assists and advises the bishop in the design and oversight of the process for those discerning ordained and lay ministry; in implementing Title III of the canons of the Episcopal Church; and in the development and support of the ministry of all baptized persons.

COM will consist of 12 members, 6 of whom will be elected at the annual Convention (3 clergy and 3 lay) for a term of three years. No one so elected shall be eligible for re-election after having served two consecutive terms until after the expiration of one year.  The other 6 members are appointed annually by the bishop.

Class of 2020

  • The Rev. Christine Sutton- Prince of Peace, Dallas
  • Robert Schreiber- Christ, Forest City and St. James’, Dundaff

Class of 2021

  • The Rev. Melinda Artman- Redeemer, Sayre
  • Patti Alleger – Christ Church, Stroudsburg

Class of 2022

  • The Rev. Laura Howell- St. Margaret’s, Emmaus &  St. Barnabas, Kutztown

Appointed by the Bishop

  • The Rev. Timothy Alleman (Chair)- Holy Cross, Wilkes-Barre
  • The Rev. Rebecca Barnes- St. Luke’s, Scranton
  • The Rev. Elizabeth Haynes (RDG Coordinator)- St. James’, Drifton
  • The Rev. Susan Treanor- Trinity, Mt. Pocono
  • Laura Drum- Nativity Cathedral, Bethlehem
  • Maggie Niles- Grace, Honesdale

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the body of lay and clergy members of the Diocese elected by the annual Diocesan Convention and authorized by the Canons of the Episcopal Church as the Bishop’s Council of Advice. The Standing Committee advises the Bishop or gives consent in matters of the disposition of property, ecclesiastical discipline, the election and consecration of Bishops, and in matters involving candidates for ordained ministry. In the absence of a Diocesan Bishop, the Standing Committee is canonically authorized to act as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese.

There are four lay and four ordained members of the committee, all of whom are elected for a four-year term.  No one so elected shall be eligible for re-election after having served two consecutive terms until after the expiration of one year.

Class of 2020

  • The Rev. Jane Bender- All Saints, Lehighton
  • Carol C. McMullen- St. Luke’s, Scranton

Class of 2021

  • The Rev. Douglas Moyer- Christ Church, Stroudsburg, President
  • Lynne Graham- St. Paul’s, Montrose

Class of 2022

  • The Rev. Van Bankston – Good Shepherd, Milford
  • Raymond Arcario- Cathedral Church of the Nativity

Class of 2023

  • The Rev. Earl Trygar- Retired
  • Liza Holzinger- St. Andrew’s, Allentown

Diocesan Council

The Diocesan Council is the executive agency of the Convention of the Diocese in between meetings of the Convention. Its responsibilities include developing a Diocesan mission strategy, developing and maintaining programs to implement the mission, reviewing the strategy and reporting to Diocesan Convention, preparing the Diocesan budget, and setting policy for the diocese.

Members are elected by the Convention for a three-year term. No one so elected shall be eligible for re-election after having served two consecutive terms until after the expiration of one year.

The Rt. Rev. Kevin Nichols- Bishop

Class of 2020

  • The Rev. Rodney Conn- Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
  • The Rev. Timothy Albright- Trinity Church, Pottsville
  • F. Laird Evans- St. Andrew’s, Allentown
  • Cynthia Nortey- Christ Church, Stroudsburg

Class of 2021

  • The Rev. Michelle Moyer – Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
  • The Rev. Margaret Pendergast – Christ Church, Reading
  • Jim Harding- St. Anne’s, Trexlertown (2)
  • Sara McNelis – Grace Church, Kingston

Class of 2022

  • The Rev. Timothy Alleman- Holy Cross, Wilkes-Barre
  • The Rev. Jane Williams- St. Andrew’s, Allentown (retired)
  • Rebecca McLaughlin- St. Mark’s, Moscow

Ex Officio

Elizabeth House- Diocesan Treasurer

Linda Henry- Diocesan Chancellor