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
|Diocese of Western New York||Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania|
|The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, Bishop||William McLean|
|Ms. Catherine Way, Chairperson||Robin Murray|
|Ms. Beth Boron||Kaycee Reib|
|The Rev. Canon Cathy Dempesy-Sims||Cheryl Wild|
|The Rev. Karen Gough||The Rev. Shawn Clerkin|
|Mr. James Holton||The Rev. Mary Lord|
|Ms. Shanna Matson||The Rev. Richard Rowe|
|The Rev. Deacon Leann McConchie||The Rev. Larry Scofield|
|The Rev. Deacon Cathy Smith||The Ven. Gail Winslow|
|Ms. Andrea Szymanski|
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 Vanessa Butler at 814.456.4203.
Learn more about our new joint deacon formation program that will begin in the fall of 2020.