The Commission on Ministry, which includes members from both the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, exists to serve the bishop’s ministry and, among other duties, to help the bishop raise up those with a Godly call to ordained and licensed lay ministry, so that the Church, full of the Holy Spirit, can “empower the saints for the work of ministry.” (Ephesians 4:12)

Commission on Ministry Members

William McLean, chair
Beth Boron
Karen Gough
Michael Hadaway
Kaycee Reib
Richard Rowe
Larry Scofield
Cathy Smith
Gail Winslow


Broadly speaking, formation is that which shapes who we are and how we view the world. When we consider formation for ordained ministry, we are speaking more about an intentional process whereby we are shaped academically, spiritually, and personally in order to live more fully into the demands of ministry. In our dioceses, this process occurs in community and involves a great number of individuals, all of whom share the privilege of forming effective, transformational leaders for mission.

For more information on the ordination process, please contact Canon Twila Smith at 716.578.2334.

Deacon Formation

Learn more about our new joint deacon formation program.

Explorer Series

The Explorer Series is the first step in the process. Read more about the series here.