Updated 8/8/2018: In March, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves called for the selection of a new bishop for the Diocese of El Camino Real. The announcement followed a long period of prayer and discernment for the timing of the departure. An electing convention will be held on June 1, 2019, and the ordination & consecration of the next bishop will take place January 11, 2020. Until that date, Bishop Mary will continue with her usual “passion and commitment.” Read her full announcement here. The Standing Committee also released a message outlining the transition process, available here. The committee is overseeing the transition and election process, assisted by the Office of Pastoral Development and search consultant Judy Stark.

Join the Bishop Transition Committee!

Is God calling you to a ministry of graceful hospitality? Now is the time to ask whether the Holy Spirit is calling you to serve on the Bishop Transition Committee. The Transition Committee will play a vital role in the process of electing and welcoming our next bishop. It will pick up where the Search Committee leaves off: arranging for us to meet the candidates and for the candidates and their families to meet us. Members of the committee will act as shepherds for bishop candidates, assisting them during the process of the election and ensuring the best possible experience of Christian community, whether or not they are elected as the fourth bishop of El Camino Real.

The committee will provide support for the Electing Convention on June 1, 2019 and then assist the bishop-elect as she/he arranges to move here. The committee will also coordinate our celebrations of thanksgiving and leave-taking as Bishop Mary completes her ministry. Please consider whether God may be calling you to serve in this way. Members will also need to attend a Transition Committee retreat on Saturday, November 10. The application form is available here; the closing date is August 22.

Meet the Bishop Search Committee

The members of the Search Committee are:

  • Deacon Susan Arnold, St. Barnabas’ Arroyo Grande
  • Lorenso Arcienega, Guadalupe/Trinity Cathedral San Jose
  • Deacon Lee Barford, Trinity Cathedral San Jose
  • Matt Cameron, St. Andrew’s Saratoga
  • Jennifer Compton, Epiphany Lutheran and Episcopal, Marina
  • Win Fernald, St. John’s Aptos
  • Heather Hadlock, All Saints’ Palo Alto
  • Joe Head, St. Francis’ San Jose (co-chair)
  • Rev. Martin Juarez, San Pablo Apostol, Seaside
  • Rev. Austin Leininger, Calvary Santa Cruz
  • Rev. Barbara Miller, St. James’ Paso Robles
  • Paul Turner, St. John’s Chapel Monterey
  • Rita Welsh, St. Thomas’ Sunnyvale
  • Beth Wigen, All Saints’ Palo Alto
  • Brett Wormley, St. Andrew’s Saratoga
  • Celeste Ventura, St. Mary’s Pacific Grove

The chaplain for the transition process will be Jeff Diehl, St. Barnabas’ Arroyo Grande. The second co-chair has not yet been established.

The first task of the Search Committee will be to create a process of listening to the diocese in order to create the profile of the next bishop. There will be an opportunity during this time for everyone to share their views, so you will have a chance to get your perspective taken into account.

In March 2019 the Search Committee will provide a slate of candidates who match the profile of our next bishop, all of whom have been thoroughly screened and interviewed and have had an opportunity to visit and meet with people around the diocese. Read the Standing Committee’s Theological Statement and Charge to the Search Committee.

Please contact the Rev. Caroline Hall, Chair of the Standing Committee, at caro@stbenslososos.org with questions or concerns.

The Rev. Dr. Caroline Hall (President), St. Benedict’s, Los Osos
The Rev. Channing Smith (Vice President), St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Liz Frost (Secretary), St. Stephen’s San Luis Obispo
Lisa Gonzalez, St. Benedict’s, Los Osos
Ernst Rosenthal, Calvary Episcopal, Santa Cruz
The Rev. Shelley Denney, Episcopal Church in Almaden
The Rev. Katherine Doar, St Francis Willow Glen, San Jose
John Melvin, St. John’s Aptos

Follow this page for updates and resources as we begin the search for the Diocese of El Camino Real’s fourth bishop.

Transition Milestones

Hire Consultant

Select Search Committee

Develop Budget

Search Committee Develops Profiles

Nominating Period Begins


Transitions Committee Convenes

Video Interviews

Background Checks Begin

Search Committee Conducts Discernment Conference

Candidates’ Slate Announced

Petitions Period

Transitions Committee Takes Baton

Candidates Introduced to Diocese

Deanery Walkabouts

Electing Convention

Consents from Episcopal Church

Bishop-Elect on Board

Consecration of New Bishop – January 11, 2020

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