The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Office

 1100 West 42nd Street                              
 Indianapolis, IN 46208                                
 Phone: 317-926-5454                              
 Fax: 317-926-5456                               
 Toll Free Long Distance: 1-800-669-5786 


Bishop Cate Waynick

The Right Rev. Cate Waynick

Email: bishop(at)

The Right Rev. Catherine (Cate) Maples Waynick was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis in January of 1997. She was consecrated on June 7 of that year, and became the Diocesan Bishop on September 10, 1997.

As a bishop, Bishop Cate, is first and foremost the chief pastor of the diocese, making herself available both to clergy and lay members. Bishops are the CEOs, COOs, CFOs…at all levels the buck stops on the bishop’s desk! Bishops are required by canon to make official visitations to parishes, to examine parish records, and provide both encouragement and challenge to clergy and lay leaders. Bishop Cate attends two meetings per year each of the House of Bishops and the Province V bishops. At these meetings ideas and information about episcopal ministry are exchanged. Bishops pray, teach, preach, encourage, pray, listen, converse, pray, write, pray, study, pray, you get the idea……

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Bishop Waynick's Confirmation Checklist

For Clergy and Congregations Hosting Confirmations Here are some guidelines from the Bishop. ..

The Bishop's Visitation Schedule

Visitation Schedule for Bishop Cate Waynick

House of Bishops Issues Pastoral Letter on Immigration Reform

House of Bishops issues Pastoral Letter along with a Theological Resource:“The Nation and the Common Good: Reflections on…

Bishop Cate Sings --Listen Here! (Video)

Bishop Cate sings with the Bishops/Spouses choir at Lambeth. Listen here!

A Word to the Church: Godly Leadership in the Face of Violence

An Easter Sermon from Bishop Waynick

Our Mission Is Transformation

A reflection from Bishop Cate on the mission of the Church, the diocese, and individual Christians.

Bishop Waynick Offers Statement on Indiana HJR3

The Indiana State Assembly has before it a bill which, if passed, would amend the State Constitution to limit the definition of…

A Message from Bishop Waynick on Same Gender Marriage in Indiana

October 2014 marks a change in same gender marriage in Indiana. Bishop Cate address the issue from the standpoint of the…

Bishop Cate Attends House of Bishops Meeting in Taiwan

Photos from Bishop Cate's trip to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 2014 to attend the Fall 2014 meeting of the House of…


Rev-Canon-Bruce-Gray2.jpgThe Rev. Canon Bruce Gray
Canon to the Ordinary

Email: gray(at)
Phone: 317-926-5454, Cell: (317)363-6412

Bruce works with clergy and vestries to help parishes thrive. At times this work includes helping with conflicted situations, as well as direct pastoral care with clergy. Bruce is working on strategic planning for different regions of the diocese by working with the local congregational leadership. He serves as the Staff Liaison to Mission Strategy, Standing Committee, Ministry in Higher Education, Waycross, and Christian Formation. Bruce offers regular events such as the Vestry College, Under One Roof, and the Ministry Swap Meet for the whole diocese as well as congregational education programs. He also supervises the planning and operation of our annual Diocesan Convention. Most Sundays Bruce is preaching in different congregations around the diocese. As Canon to the Ordinary, serves as chief of staff in the bishop’s absence.


kissinger.jpgThe Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger
Canon for Transition Ministries and Leadership Development

Email: kissinger(at)
Phone : 317-926-5454 ext. 2

Debra supports congregations going through the search process and assists clergy and lay professionals looking for a new position as well as represents the diocese at regional and national transition ministry conferences. She offers and oversees clergy continuing education events and oversees the Diocesan Fresh Start program for new clergy and clergy new to their position. She serves as the staff contact for those in the priestly and diaconal ordination process and is staff liaison to the Commission on Ministry, Deacon Formation Program, Personnel, Policy & Compensation, Spiritual Life, Retired Clergy, and Safeguarding programs. She administers grants for: seminarians, deacons, clergy continuing education, lay leadership and congregational program development. She assists the bishop in executing background checks, Letters of Agreement, in cases of misconduct and other types of trauma or conflict that may impact a congregation or clergy person. Most Sundays Debra can be found in one of the many diocesan congregations in transition.

gebuhr.jpgCanon Marsha Gebuhr
Canon for Administration

Marsha is responsible for the day to day management functions of the Diocese. She administers all Benefits and Personnel programs as well as all Diocesan insurance programs and disseminates all relevant information to congregations, co-operating ministries and Diocesan institutions She supervises the diocesan support staff and works with the Personnel Policy and Compensation committee in reviewing and updating compensation guidelines, supplemental benefits and employee manuals.  She supports the finance committee during the budget development process and administers various portions of the budget and is responsible for the accounting/bookkeeping of Designated Funds which fall outside of the Diocesan Budget. She handles the church investments and distributions from the Diocesan Special Fund and produces monthly financial statements and check reconciliation, wire transfers and the posting of Trust Funds.  She assists parishes with accounting issues and files all annual required state and federal filings. She sets up annual audits for parishes and facilitates the annual diocesan audit and handles the diocesan payroll.

Program Staff

copas.jpgKathy Copas
Coordinator of Communication and Evangelism

Email: kathycopas(at)

Kathy’s ministry focuses on communication and evangelism, blending mission and message. She writes and edits In Touch magazine and The Gathered Community e-zine, produces content for the diocesan website and various other e-tools and publications, produces videos/DVDs and coordinates several other communication/media-related projects including “teching” Diocesan Convention. She assists parishes in claiming their identity and purpose, sharing their stories and asset mapping exercises to engage newcomers. She nurtures hospitality and evangelism and assists in the development of parish communication tools and oversees diocesan signage and advertising grants. She leads training for ushers, greeters, evangelism and communication committees, and others engaged in community outreach. She also is very involved in Indiana and US disaster relief and rebuilding efforts.

See Also: Evangelism, PublicationsThe Gathered Community 


Dontie Fuller
Coordinator of Youth Ministries

Email: fuller(at)
Phone: 317-926-5454 ext. 305

Dontie, along with the Youth Steering Committee (YSC), coordinates youth events in the diocese. The YSC is made up of adults and youth who meet once a month to plan two large events each year: The Spring Youth Retreat and the Youth Fall Conference, along with mission and outreach projects from ideas generated by the youth on the YSC. Dontie schedules leadership training for youth and adults who work with youth to maximize their leadership efforts in the diocese and respective parishes. Dontie encourages young people to attend Diocesan Convention by providing lodging and meals so that they learn about the polity of the church and have fellowship with youth around the diocese. Dontie manages the youth budget and youth data base.


John Vernon Oaks
Stewardship Officer

Email: oaks(at)
Phone: 317-926-5454 ext. 309

John supports congregations, clergy, and lay volunteers in matters of stewardship through annual campaigns, year around stewardship and use of the diocesan web page and publications. He also promotes planned giving for the diocese, congregations, cooperating ministries and institutions through the Society of the Magi. John represents the diocese at regional, national and international stewardship conferences. John also supports the rest of the diocesan staff in their ministries and pitches in wherever needed.

See Also: Stewardship

Support Staff



Sally Cassidy
Administrative Assistant to the Bishop

Sally serves as the bishop's administrative assistant, handling Bishop Cate's correspondence, appointments, travel plans, and various technology needs. Filing, record keeping, and database management keep Sally busy. She coordinates and maintains records for those in the process for Holy Orders, as well as other clergy records and canonical residency status. She prepares and distributes annual licenses granted by the bishop. Sally serves as the clerk of Executive Council and supports the various program staff as time allows.


Kim Smith
Bookkeeper & Event Coordinator

Kim serves as the diocesan bookkeeper and is responsible for accounts payables and receivables, medical billing, and tracking payments for all diocesan reimbursements and billing. She assists Canon Marsha in all financial functions of the diocese and also assists parishes with accounting issues. Kim oversees our registration system and serves are our Event Coordinator for all diocesan events including Diocesan Convention.

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