The Episcopal Diocese
of El Camino Real
B.V. Sargent House
154 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901

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Mailing Address
PO Box 689
Salinas, CA 93902

Phone: (831) 394-4465


Convention 2021


An annual gathering of clergy and congregational representatives to
conduct business and celebrate ministries across our diocese.
Screenshot of Zoom attendees for 2020 Diocesan Convention

Convention promo image 2021

UPDATED Dec. 1, 2021

The 41st Diocesan Convention took place on Saturday, November 6 using the same digital platform as 2020. An in-person “spring renewal” event will be held in late April 2022, which will include a dinner and guest speaker. Scroll down for the Bishop’s annual address, election results, resolutions & archive resources; more coverage is coming soon.

Bishop Lucinda’s convention address – English

Bishop Lucinda’s convention address – Español

Watch Bishop Lucinda’s address on our YouTube channel



Minimum clergy compensation standards



Standing Committee – Clergy (elect one, 4-year term)

The Rev. Salying Wong , St. Thomas, Sunnyvale – ELECTED

Standing Committee – Lay (elect one, 4-year term)

Joe Heston, St. Dunstan’s, Carmel Valley

Tricia Ottesen, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande – ELECTED

Board of Trustees – At large (elect five: four 3-year terms/one 1-year term)

The Rev. Laurel Coote, St. Dunstan’s, Carmel Valley – ELECTED

John Cribb, St. Benedict’s, Los Osos – ELECTED

The Rev. Tina Heidmann , St. George’s, Salinas – ELECTED

John Melvin, St. John’s, Aptos

The Rev. Julie Nelson, St. Timothy’s, Mountain View – ELECTED

Steven Sosnowski, Trinity Cathedral, San Jose – ELECTED

Secretary to Convention (elect one, 1-year term)

Jeff Diehl, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande – ELECTED

Treasurer (elect one, 1-year term)

Joanna Shreve, St. Timothy’s, Mountain View – ELECTED



Read the Standing Committee’s complete Five-Year Diocesan Report here. See a summary in the committee’s report below.

Commission on Ministry Report / Español

Deacons Annual Report / Español

Mission Commission Report / Español

Partnership Commission Report / Español

Personnel Committee Report / Español

Santa Maria Urban Ministry Report / Español

Standing Committee Report and 5-year summary / Español

Title IV Report / Español

Treasurer’s Annual Report / Español

Report of 2020 Resolutions to 2021 Convention

Below is an amended report from the Constitution & Canons Committee, prepared in response to comments that followed the September deanery meetings. It includes some additional language in Resolution 2 to address timing of election and appointment of members. It also changes the format for all resolutions to show added language in blue and underlined, as requested to assist with distinguishing additions from deletions.

Constitutions and Canons Report (Amended 9-21-21)


Below please find a newly updated 2022 budget and narrative from the diocesan Finance/Budget Committee. Updates reflect year-to-date 2021 numbers as well as some expanded expense categories, in response to requests from across the diocese.

2022 Budget Narrative (revised)

2022 Draft Budget (updated 10-9-2021)

Minimum Clergy Resolution 2022

Summary of Resolutions in Constitution
Resumen de Las Resoluciones


2021 CONVENTION PACKET for Delegates, Alternates, Clergy & Guests

2021 Draft Order of Business – English and Español

Morning Prayer Bulletin – Trilingual

Noonday Prayer Bulletin – English

Noonday Prayer Bulletin – Spanish



Resolution hearings took place in October via Zoom, each with a specific focus. Scroll down for links to documents.

October 19: Budgets

October 20: Constitution and Canons

October 21: Resolutions
This session was cancelled because the only resolution being presented is the annual resolution regarding compensation adjustment. No resolutions were submitted by the Sept. 7 deadline other than the compensation resolution.

Deanery meetings in advance of Convention were held September 14-16 via Zoom. Delegates and alternates who need a recording of advance meetings may contact Kirstin Nielsen at

For convention questions, please contact Jeff Diehl, Secretary to Convention, at


2020 Convention Recap

The 40th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real was held online Saturday, November 7. The theme was 40 Years of Pilgrimage, in honor of the diocese’s 40th anniversary. More information below:

El Camino Real celebrates 40th convention

Bishop Lucinda’s Convention Address

Resources Archive

The Convention Order of Business is available here to download in English and in Spanish. View and download the Opening Worship Bulletin (English and Spanish). In honor of the Diocese of El Camino Real’s founding in 1980, Convention attendees were invited to dress up in their favorite style from the decade. View the handy style guide.

For questions about Convention resources and voting results, please email Jeff Diehl, Secretary to Convention, or Kirstin Nielsen, diocesan offices.

Special Rule of Order for 40th Convention

Regla Especial para la Convencion Diocesana

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