Received Nominations for 2017

We have received these Nominations to be voted upon at the Diocesan Convention in October. 

If you would like to submit a Nomination, please use the Nomination form and process described here.

COMMISSION ON MINISTRY – 1 CLERGY & 1 LAY (both are three-year terms)

The Commission on Ministry assists the bishop in determining the present and future needs for all ministries in the diocese. It assists the bishop in matters pertaining to the enlistment and selection of persons for Holy Orders and in the guidance of all postulants and candidates. The Commission meets on a Saturday in the fall, an overnight in January, an overnight in the spring, and at other times as necessary.


The Rev. John Barrow, St. Paul’s, Richmond: Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Clergy Member

The Rev. John Barrow, St. Paul’s, Richmond

Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Clergy Member

 

Describe the church work or community service activities you have participated in that prepared you for the work of the committee?

I am a good listener. I have been a supply and parish priest. As someone who spends much time with lay people, I have a sense of their needs.

What do you feel you can contribute by your service?

I am a good listener and speak clearly. As a team member, I am really well organized and can help with that.

Mr Robert Murray. Holy Family, Fishers: Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Lay Member

Mr. Robert Murray, Holy Family, Fishers

Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Lay Member

Describe the church work or community service activities you have participated in that prepared you for the work of the committee?

Since 1999, when I became a member of Holy Family, Fishers, I have served on two separate congregational discernment groups for individuals exploring calls to the priesthood. I have worked closely with members of the clergy at my parish in several capacities, including two terms on what was then the Bishop’s Committee and as senior warden under two vicars and during an interim period between vicars. I also served as a member of a clergy search committee at Holy Family.

A cradle Episcopalian, I continue to be active in my congregation, currently serving on the Stewardship Committee, teaching Sunday School classes, coordinating and leading sessions of the confirmation class, and serving as a lector and a member of the choir.

What do you feel you can contribute through your service?

Based on the activities described above, I believe I offer:

  • Experience in helping individuals and faith communities mutually explore their spiritual gifts and the application of those gifts through ministry.
  • Sensitive and prayerful support of those discerning and pursuing calls to Holy Orders and continuing support and encouragement of members of the clergy.
  • Familiarity with the processes and procedures for discernment, exploration, preparation, and formation for ordained ministry.
  • A commitment to strengthening all ministers – lay and ordained – in their work to build up the Body of Christ.

The Rev. Virginia Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington: Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Clergy Member

The Rev. Virginia Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington

Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Clergy Member

Describe the church work or community service activities you have participated in that prepared you for the work of the committee?

In my retirement, I have served as a Street Outreach Caseworker to people who have no home and worked with the city of Bloomington to search for safe and civil solutions to our community’s well-being. I currently serve on a parish discernment committee and am a Benedictine Oblate, Former Associate Rector at Trinity, Bloomington, Vicar at St. Luke’s, Shelbyville. 

Shelbyville, Missionary in Guatemala and Alaska. With an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling and Certificate in Chemical Additions, I have served as a pastoral counsellor, workshop presented in California. I am conversational in Spanish.

What do you feel you can contribute by your service?

Spiritual Direction has been one of the most important tools in my journey in making major decisions in my life. Having worked in a variety of ministry settings I look forward to listening deeply to the stirrings of the heart of future pastors and their unique calls and visions, especially as the needs of the church and the world change so rapidly.

Ms Becky Ridder, Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis: Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Lay Member

Ms Becky Ridder, Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis 

Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Lay Member

Describe the church work or community service activities you have participated in that prepared you for the work of the committee?

The Church of the Nativity has been my home for over 30 years. I have served as the Rectors Warden on two occasions, the most recent being during our search for a new priest. Working with a transitional priest and going through the search process was an experience that was successful only through the grace of God. I feel I received many gifts during the process and have grown considerably in my faith and trust in God.

I have also served as a member of a Prison Ministry team. This experience gave me the ability to believe in change and to trust that God does work in mysterious ways. Although I am not actively involved in that ministry, I hold each of them in my heart for the amazing work they are doing.

What do you feel you can contribute by your service?

I have an open heart and mind to offer. I feel that I have been given the ability to look at things from many angles, always praying that God will guide me in what he wants me to see and feel.

The Rev. Mary Bargiel, Supply Priest: Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Clergy

The Rev. Mary Bargiel, Supply Priest
 

Candidate for nomination to Commission on Ministry (COM) – Clergy

Describe the church work or community service activities you have participated in that prepared you for the work of the committee?

I have served as Deacon at Trinity, Indianapolis and worked on outreach with a local school and with Sunday dinner. I also participated in staff and worship meetings. I recently went through the ordination process.

What do you feel you can contribute by your service?

I have a passion for doing God’s work in the world and have experience in pastoral care and guidance. Since I recently went through the ordination process, I am familiar with the process as a participant.

DISCIPLINARY BOARD – 1 CLERGY & 1 LAY (both are three-year terms)

The board meets once a year or unless activated. The annual meeting is for the election of positions and for training, so if called upon, will be ready for action. The time commitment could be considerable if the court is activated


Rev. Allen Rutherford
Southwest Deanery 
Candidate for nomination to Disciplinary Board – Clergy Member

Rev. Allen Rutherford, Southwest Deanery
Candidate for nomination to Disciplinary Board – Clergy Member 

Describe the church work or community service activities you have participated in that prepared you for the work of the committee?

I served a previous three-year term on the Disciplinary Board when the new Title IV Canons were first put into implementation. I am already familiar with much of the process.

What do you feel you can contribute by your service?

I am a patient listener and not quick to rush to judgment. I realize that there are many sides to the details of an event or actions that would come before the Board for which I am prepared to listen to all sides and listen to all details to seek prayerful truth.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE – 1 CLERGY & 1 LAY (both are three-year terms)

The Standing Committee has responsibilities outlined by our national Canons. The committee is a council of advice for the bishop and provides consent for the sale of land, the encumbrance of church property, the ordination of persons to the diaconate or priesthood in this diocese, and the election and consecration of bishops in the Episcopal Church. It also makes determinations regarding the discipline of clergy in this diocese. They meet once a month if there is any business to conduct.


The Rev. Whitney Smith, St. James Episcopal Church, New Castle Candidate for nomination to Standing Committee – Clergy Member

The Rev. Whitney Smith, St. James Episcopal Church, New Castle

Candidate for nomination to Standing Committee – Clergy Member

Describe the church work or community service activities you have participated in that prepared you for the work of the committee?

Having been through the process of ordination to the Transitional Diaconate and to Priesthood relatively recently, I feel prepared to serve on the Standing Committee and to consider, with God’s help, those currently pursuing Holy Orders. I also served several years on the Vestry at St. Alban’s, Indianapolis, and helped make decisions about property matters for that parish.

What do you feel you can contribute by your service?

Because my discernment journey was not without bumps in the road, I feel I would bring compassion toward those currently going through the ordination process. I am also well aware that we in this Diocese are all working together toward a common goal of doing God’s work, so I hope to serve in a spirit of collaboration and mutual respect.

WAYCROSS BOARD – Four CLERGY or LAY (Three positions are for three years; one position is for two years).

The board provides oversight for the mission of Waycross, which is: “To serve all who seek fellowship, respite, reflection, and growth by providing Christian hospitality and enriching programs.” The board meets at least four times a year at Waycross for 6 to 8 hours. Members have other duties as well, including involvement in development.

Natalie AG Weir
St. Matthew’s, Indy
Candidate for nomination to Waycross Board

Natalie AG Weir, St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis
Candidate for nomination to Waycross Board

Describe the church work or community service activities you have participated in that prepared you for the work of the committee?

I have served on the Waycross board nine of the last ten years, five as Treasurer and four as President. I have been one of the parish liaisons with Waycross and have led or helped lead parish retreats for St. John’s, Crawfordsville; St. Paul’s, Indianapolis; Holy Family, Fishers; St. Christopher’s, and St. Matt’s. I am an Education for Ministry graduate and have been the convenor of the catechumen process at St. Paul’s Indianapolis and Holy Family. I have served as Finance Committee chair at St. John’s Crawfordsville and treasurer of St. Paul’s Indianapolis and St. Matt’s. I was a member of the

I am an Education for Ministry graduate and have been the convenor of the catechumen process at St. Paul’s Indianapolis and Holy Family. I have served as Finance Committee chair at St. John’s Crawfordsville and treasurer of St. Paul’s Indianapolis and St. Matt’s. I was a member of the

I was a member of the diocesan budget committee for many years and a member of the Edna Martin Christian Center board for nine of the last ten years, serving two years as Vice President and four years as President as
well as serving on the finance committee for ten years.

What do you feel you can contribute by your service?

As Waycross continues to grow the conference center utilization by a diverse set of groups, I offer my financial executive experience in the for profit and not-for-profit sectors to help the board and executive director with the financial challenges and opportunities at Waycross.

I also feel my formation experiences would help me be a part of the continued development of the role Waycross plays in life long formation for all the members of the diocese.


Ann Niednagel
St. Christopher’s, Indy
Candidate for nomination to Waycross Board

Ann Niednagel, St. Christopher’s, Indianapolis
Candidate for nomination to Waycross Board

Describe the church work or community service activities you have participated in that prepared you for the work of the committee?

I volunteer at St. Christopher’s with the youth and with Christopher’s Crops, which grows crops for the local food pantries. Annually I start almost 100 tomato plants for the garden. In the community, I volunteer as Outdoor Ann in public schools, serve at the president of the Environmental Education Association of Indiana (www.EEAI.org), and serve on the Indiana Children and Nature Network committee www.indinanaChildrenandNature.org).

What do you feel you can contribute through your service?

My variety of experiences can benefit Waycross in numerous ways.

  • The connections I have made in the Environmental Educators Association of Indiana (EEAI) give me insight into the new challenges camps and outdoor recreation face. Through these connections, I am able to learn more about how others in these fields are handling the changing times.
  • My personal relationship with Gene and Donna Niednagel, former Executive Directors and Barb Woodard, president of the board while the conference center was built, give me unique insight.
  • Other volunteer positions have given me experience in writing grants and researching available grant funds.
  • I have developed and coordinated a group of volunteers to maintain a 5-acre outdoor lab. This kind of ground work, identifying a need, and developing a program for taking care of that need, are areas I can help Waycross.
  • My time in classrooms helps keep me familiar with today’s youth.
  • And my formal education in Public Finance and Banking experience help with the management aspects of running Waycross.

Though I cannot say I am an expert in any of these fields I know I can offer help.