Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, a way of life

Staff at the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester

The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane

Episcopal Bishop Provisional in Rochester

(585) 473-0903

To email Bishop Lane: sarah@episcopaldioceseofrochester.org


  • Work collaboratively to discern God's call for our life as a diocese
  • Provide guidance for the discernment and election of a bishop
  • Offer pastoral support for clergy and congregations
  • Oversee diocesan staff and administration of diocesan staff and budget

Todd Rubiano

Chief Financial Officer

(585) 794-9229


  • Diocesan finance, budget, asset & risk management
  • Human Resource & Compensation policy
  • Committees:  Trustees (Audit, Investment & Property), Human Resources, Budget & Congregational Development Partnership (CDP)

Kristy Estey

Diocesan Operations & Benefits Manager

(585) 473-2985


  • Planning & execution of key Diocesan programs, projects, and events
  • Management of employee and retiree benefits
  • Committees: Human Resources, Diocesan Council Mission Partnership (MPC), Trustees Diocesan Property Management & Prichard Scholarship 

Sarah Herzog

Executive Assistant to the Bishop

(585) 473-0903


  • General information, scheduling, planning and providing hospitality, outside meetings and events.
  • Administrative support of Bishop and staff, Diocesan committees and leadership
  • Monitors and maintains records; Safe Church, Anti-Racism, Clergy Records, Holy Orders and licenses.

The Rev. Virginia Tyler Smith

Officer for Transitions and Congregational Development



·      Assists parishes to plan for, advertise, and recruit new clergy

·      Diocesan liaison for clergy seeking new positions

·      Resource for administrative and planning matters for parishes in transition

·      Committees: Congregational Development Partnership Grants, Diocesan Council, HR Committee

Stephen Richards

Communications Director

(585) 473-2979


  • Directs all internal and external communications for the Diocese
  • Shares the special stories of the parish missions and ministries throughout the Diocese
  • Connect our Bishop and Diocese with our community

Catherine Shoemaker

Parish Auditor & Finance Consultant

(585) 241-4586


  • Parish Audits & financial consulting for Treasurers
  • Diocesan loan & apportionment billing and administration
  • Parochial Reports

Carol Hicks

Diocesan Bookkeeper

(585) 672-3169


  • Diocesan Accounting: All general ledger, AP, AR & cash management
  • Maintain financial compliance & controls, and support annual diocesan audit
  • Financial reporting