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

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mailing Address
PO Box 689
Salinas, CA 93902

Phone: (831) 394-4465



Help the diocese continue its community ministries
and realize our vision for the future.

Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Guided by Bishop Lucinda Ashby, these general funds support the diocese’s new West Coast Collaborative (School for Ministry program), continuing in  2023; the Community Trailblazers (see right), and the Leadership Innovation Fund. This endeavor will continue to establish multiple bilingual programs to educate, form, and train a new generation of faithful lay and ordained leaders to serve in the diocese and larger world.

Bishop’s Appeal: Community Trailblazers

The Trailblazer role is designed to lead congregations into the community, exploring and discovering meaningful ways to engage and partner with local agencies, institutions, and other churches — helping our churches to again become vital, vibrant, and alive. Our current Trailblazer Rev. Dcn. Jen Crompton is working with the San Luis Obispo Canterbury Campus Ministry and St. Benedicts, Los Osos to create pathways to reach communities outside the walls of our church. The Trailblazer is also funded by the Bishop’s Appeal; click below to specify your support.

Bishop’s Appeal: West Coast Collaborative School for Ministry

This first successful year with the Lay Preaching Program has lead into the expansion of our School for Ministry as we join with the Diocese of Northern California and the Diocese of San Diego to form the West Coast Collaborative Episcopal School for Ministry. Our own Dean, The Rev. Katherine B. Doar is joined by The Rt. Rev. Jim Mathes as the Dean for San Diego and The Rev. Sr. Kathy Lawler, OEF as the Dean for Northern California.  The funds given to our School for Ministry support our dean, The Rev. Katherine Doar, and provide scholarships and materials for students plus additional funding for guest presenters.

Bishop’s Discretionary Fund

This allows our diocese to meet needs local and afar, to support those without financial resources or facing emergencies.

Leave a Real Legacy: Help build the emerging church

Is the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of El Camino Real enriching your life? Do you want to make a difference in advancing the Jesus Movement and help develop the emerging church in our diocese? How many times have you said, “I wish I could do more” to support work you believe in?

Bequests: Designate a percentage of your estate after making provisions for family and friends; leave a specified sum of money; or leave a particular piece of property.

Beneficiary Designations: Name the diocese as one of the beneficiaries of your retirement fund or life insurance policy.
During your lifetime, you can make qualified charitable distributions (QCD) from your IRA directly to the diocese if you are at least 70½ years old. Please discuss with a qualified financial advisor.

If you choose to designate a legacy gift, or if you already have done so, please inform the diocese of your plans. We would like to include and recognize you, if agreeable, as a member of our Real Legacy society to help inspire others.

For questions please contact Kirstin Nielsen, Bishop’s Assistant & Diocesan Coordinator, at or 831-394-4465.

Making IRA qualified charitable distributions

Please remember that there is a tax benefit to making charitable contributions directly from your IRA account if you are 72 years old (or 70 ½ if you reached 70 ½ before January 2020). Your qualified charitable distributions can satisfy all or part of the amount of your required minimum distribution from your IRA, without being taxable to you.

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