Below you’ll find the leadership structure and committees that guide our diocese. A PDF of our current Diocesan Organization Chart can be viewed and downloaded here.
The Diocesan Corporation is served by members of a Board of Trustees. The Corporation administers the real property and other assets of the diocese, and acts on behalf of Diocesan Convention between meetings of Convention to develop and implement the policies, programs, and budget approved and adopted by Convention.
The existence of a Finance Committee is mandated by the Constitution of the national church. In this diocese, the Finance Committee operates under the guidance of the Board of Trustees.
The Standing Committee is one of three diocesan bodies whose existence is mandated by the Constitution of the national church (others being the Finance Committee and the Commission on Ministry). Among other duties, when a diocese has no bishop in authority, the Standing Committee becomes the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese. When a bishop is in authority, the Standing Committee acts as chief Council of Advice to the bishop.
The Commission on Ministry assists the Bishop in providing the development and affirmation of the ministry of all baptized persons in the Church. For more information and to download resources, click here.
The Mission Commission assists — financially and organizationally — all diocesan congregations that desire and show potential for growth and diversification of their congregation. The commission manages the Mission Opportunity Grant program and Missional Partnership Program. It also utilizes evangelism, church growth and advocacy to develop intercultural ministry throughout the diocese. Click here for more information on the commission and for related grants.
The Diocesan Convention is the central governing body of the Diocese and establishes, maintains, and amends the Constitution and Canons of the diocese. To learn more about the purpose of Diocesan Conventions, click the link above.
Constitution and Canons
The Constitution and Canons are the written rules governing diocesan policy, structure and procedure. They must be in conformance with the Constitution and Canons of the national church.
Deaneries are regional groupings of parishes in the diocese. Three deaneries comprise the diocese of El Camino Real, representing San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Clara Valley. A key deanery function is to elect regional representatives to various diocesan bodies.
Canon to the Ordinary for Finance and Administration
The Rev. Canon Brian Nordwick directs the administration and manages the business affairs and finances of the Diocese. He ensures that the Bishop and all diocesan programs have adequate resources to realize ministry development and advancement — including guidance in areas of deployment, staffing and mission programs. He is directly accountable to Bishop Mary, working closely with and supporting the activities of the Secretary, Treasurer, and Chancellor.
Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development
The Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes oversees mission and multicultural development in congregations in the Diocese. He works with the Bishop, the Canon for Finance and Administration and relevant committees to develop and grow congregations and missions, the diverse cultural identity of El Camino Real, and the spiritual leadership of the diocese – both lay and clergy. In doing so, he helps equip the diocese to minister to the changing demographics and spiritual needs of our diocese.
Officers of the Diocese
The Bishop is the head of the diocese, both legally as the Ecclesiastical Authority and Chairperson of the Corporation, and Spiritually as the Chief Pastor. Visit Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves’ page here.
A legal advisor to the diocese, the Chancellor works closely with the bishop. Except in the case of ecclesiastical discipline, the chancellor is an advisor to the entire diocese. In this advisory role, the chancellor covers both issues arising under the Constitution and Canons as well as temporal matters that may arise. Issues include contracts, constitution/canon revisions, property, employment issues and more.
The Secretary is ex officio Secretary of the convention and is responsible for the minutes and other records of Convention as well as other canon-mandated responsibilities.
The Treasurer has custody of all funds belonging to the Diocese and is responsible for paying budget approved bills and for investing funds as authorized by the Board of Trustees.