Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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Commission on Ministry

The Commission on Ministry (COM) advises and assists the Bishop in determining present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons in the Diocese; in recruiting and selecting persons for Holy Orders; and in guiding and examining Postulants, Candidates, and Deacons in training for priesthood. The COM provides financial assistance for the continuing education of clergy and lay professionals. The COM also assists parishes in discerning appropriate candidates for Holy Orders.

To faciliate its work, the COM is divided into these committees:

  • Laity Committee 
  • Diaconate Committee 
  • Priesthood Committee

The process of ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Rochester is described in detail in "The Commission on Ministry: Vocational Discernment Handbook."

By diocesan canon, the COM is both elected and appointed. There may be no more than 15 nor less than 9 members, and no more than a simple majority may be clergy or lay. Terms are three years. After serving two terms, a member must rotate off for at least one year. A simple majority of the members are elected at Convention. The remaining membership is appointed by the Bishop.

 The COM meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, from 5 - 7 p.m. Committees may have additional meetings.


Name Role Details Term Contact
Ellen Ralston Elected 2017 to 2020 mommar680@aol.com
The Rev. Philip Kasey Appointed 2016 to 2019 phkasey@gmail.com
The Rev. Andrew VanBuren Appointed 2016 to 2019 andrewvanb@gmail.com
The Rev. Georgia Carney Appointed 2016 to 2019 gmcarney5070@gmail.com
Carolyn McConnell Mailings carolyn@episcopaldioceseofrochester.org
The Rev. Krista Cameron Elected 2017 to 2020 revkrista1@frontiernet.net
Robert Ferris Cochair Elected 2017 to 2020 music@stthomasrochester.org
The Rev. Keith Patterson Elected 2017 to 2020 rector@twosaints.org
Jill Daddis Elected 2017 to 2020 jdaddis@rochester.rr.com
The Rev. Kenneth Pepin Elected 2015 to 2018 rectorgracestand@gmail.com
Allison Bourne Elected 2015 to 2018 abourne1@rochester.rr.com
The Rev. Jimmie Sue Deppe Cochair Elected 2016 to 2019 jsadeppe@gmail.com
The Rev. Dahn Gandell Elected 2016 to 2019 motherdahn@hotmail.com
James Garner Elected 2015 to 2018 jimgarner2256@gmail.com
Robin Yergeau Elected 2016 to 2019 ryerg03@gmail.com