Committees, Commissions, and Boards: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee acts as a council of advice for the Bishop and also functions as a check and balance. Their advice and consent is needed for various appointments made by the Bishop and for the expenditure of certain trust funds.

They must approve all candidates for ordination to the diaconate and priesthood, and they vote on behalf of our Diocese in the process for approving the election of all bishops of the Episcopal Church. Their consent is needed before any church can sell or mortgage property. If any priest or deacon is charged with an offense, the Committee acts like a grand jury in deciding whether the case should be brought to trial.

Lay members of the Standing Committee must be communicants of a parish in union with the Convention. Clergy must be canonically resident in the diocese.

The Committee meets monthly, usually during the day.

Minutes
Below are the minutes from 2015.

Archives
If you’d like to read Standing Committee minutes from prior years, choose the year that interests you:

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Materials regarding real estate, a Standing Committee concern:

  • Real Estate Memorandums from the Standing Committee regarding procedures for consent regarding real estate and the leasing of parish properties by nursery schools and outside organizations

Minutes (The most recent are first)

2015

Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on November 19, 2015 

• Approved the Resolution for the 2016 housing allowance for clergy employed at Diocesan House who are not provided housing.

• Approved the Aged & Infirm Clergy Fund Report for 2015.

• Approved the Report of the Relief of Widows, Widowers and Orphans Fund for 2015.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Kirk, Secretary

 Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on October 8, 2015 

• Recommended Alexandra Van Kuiken for Ordination to the Priesthood.

• Recommended Lorraine D. Harris for Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

• Recommend Ann Kathryne Urinoski for Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate pending receipt of seminary recommendation. (Seminary recommendation received on October 14, 2015.)

• Approved an additional Financial Aid Award.

• Approved the plan to have the Trustees of Church Property finalize the agreement, with the proviso that the church be deconsecrated and all sacred items be removed prior to turnover of the property.

• Consented to accept the offer of sale for St. Peter’s IGBO Church, Trenton, for $425,000, with the terms of the sale including a 10% deposit and a 10 year mortgage based on a 30 year payout with a balloon payment after 10 years at 5%.

Respectfully submitted,

Canon Charles H. Perfater, Acting Clerk

 

 Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on September 17, 2015 

• Consented to the Election of the Rev. Moises Quezada-Mota as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Dominican Republic.

• Reaffirmed the e-mail vote to consent to the sale of property known as 76 Hilliards Road, Gibbsboro.

• Consented to the lease between St. Luke’s Church, Metuchen and Petits Enfants, LLC and Hitesh Trivedi, individually.

• Approved the demolition of the Church of the Ascension, Atlantic City.

• Approved the advertising of St. Mark’s Church, Hammonton property for sale.

• Consented to the proposal to the merger of St. Barnabas’ Church, Burlington, and St. Stephen’s Church, Florence.

• Standing Committee gave their blessing for St. James’ Church, Long Branch, to apply for Mission status.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Kirk, Secretary

 Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on June 18, 2015 

• Endorsed the Anti-Racism Commission’s revised and adopted Twenty-Year Vision for the Diocese of New Jersey.

• Recommended Lorraine D. Harris for Candidacy.

• Approved the financial aid awards as recommended.

• Ratified the email vote approving the sale of the property under the terms and conditions of the Contract and First Amendment, and accept the final report for Church of the Epiphany, Ventnor.

• Consented to the sale of Church of the Holy Communion, Fair Haven, to Kolarsick Builders, at the sale price of $737,500, which will be deposited into the Mission Renewal Fund to be made available for future funding of proposals as recommended by the Grant Advisory Board for that fund and approved by Diocesan Council.

• Gave approval to market the St. Paul’s, Rahway property with the understanding that any contract of sale that may result will also come before Standing Committee for approval prior to signature and that the proceeds of any sale will be held in trust by the Diocese for the congregation until a plan for their use is approved by Standing Committee.

• On behalf of the Loan & Grant Committee, the Trustees of Church Property, Diocesan Council and the congregations of St. Peter’s Igbo and Holy Apostles, to approve the sale of the St. Matthias’ property in the amount of $563,000 through the process noted to the Trustees of Church Property in trust for St. Peter’s Igbo, and to approve the sale of the St. Peter’s Igbo property, contingent upon review of the contract of sale prior to execution.

• Approval was given for the sale of the St. John’s, Fords property, pending review and approval from Chancellor Ambos that all legal requirements are satisfied in the contract. Canon Perfater will then ask for final e-mail consent from Standing Committee for approval to sell the St. John’s, Fords property.

• Consented to the sale of the stained glass windows and other furnishings and fixtures from Church of the Ascension, Atlantic City to RPD Enterprises and to continue with the process toward sale of the property.

• Consented to the Election of the Rev. Canon George R. Sumner, Ph.D. as Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Kirk, Secretary

 

 Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on May 7, 2015 

• Recommend Ann K. Urinoski for Candidacy.

• Approved the concept of the easements for Church of the Holy Communion, Fair Haven, with the proviso that a prior review by Chancellor Paul Ambos finds the matter to be completely satisfactory.

Respectfully submitted,

Canon Charles Perfater, Acting Secretary

 

 Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on April 21, 2015 

• Recommended Benjamin B. Maddison and Terrence O’Connor for Ordination to the Priesthood.

• Recommended Alexandra Van Kuiken for Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

• Approved the Plan of Consolidation of Church of the Epiphany, Ventnor, into the Trustees of Church Property.

• Consented to the Election of the Reverend James Russell Kendrick as Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.

• Consented to the Election of the Reverend Audrey Cady Scanlan as Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

• Consented, pursuant to the provisions of New Jersey Revised Statutes section 16:12-4, to the conveyance by The Minister Church Wardens and Vestry of Christ Church in the Town of Shrewsbury (or Christ Church, Shrewsbury) to the New Jersey Historic Trust of a Historic Preservation Easement affecting real properties known as 380 Sycamore Avenue, Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, bearing tax map designation of Sheet 13, Block 60, Lot 1 and 329 Sycamore Avenue, Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, bearing tax map designation of Block 41, Lot 26.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Kirk, Secretary

 

Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on March 19, 2015 

• Welcomed the Rev. Valerie Balling and Ms. Karen Moore – Class of 2019 and the Rev. Dr. Gina Walsh-Minor – filling the vacancy in the Class of 2016 to their first business meeting.

• Consented to the Election of the Very Rev. Peter Eaton as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Southeast Florida.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Kirk, Secretary

 

 Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on February 28, 2015 

• Welcomed the newly elected members o Class of 2019: The Rev. Valerie L. Balling

o Class of 2019: Ms. Karen Moore

o Class of 2016: The Rev. Dr. Gina Walsh-Minor (absent)

• The Rev. Ronald N. Pollock was elected President and Ms. Deborah Kirk was elected Secretary of the Standing Committee for the coming year.

• Canon Charles H. Perfater will coordinate the real estate business for the Standing Committee for the coming year.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Kirk, Secretary

 

Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on February 19, 2015 

• Consented to the Bishop’s Appointments to the Benefits Committee in accordance with Canon 36, Section 1

• Recommended Maryel Giron and Alexandra Van Kuiken for Candidacy.

• Recommended Magdalena Aders, William Balmer, Carolyn Bradley, Eve Chamberlain, Naomi Cressman and Trisha Thorme for Ordination to the Vocational Diaconate (interviewed on January 15, 2015).

• Recommended Paul Chalakani, Dorothea Hospador, Jorge Martinez, Chizoba Nwankwo, and Karen Reeman for Ordination to the Vocational Diaconate.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Kirk, Secretary

 

 Summary of the meeting of the Standing Committee on January 15, 2015 

• Consented to the appointments of the Rev. Dr. Frank K. Jago (posthumous), the Rev. Dr. Alan K. Salmon, and Ms. Annette Buchanan as Honorary Canons of Trinity Cathedral.

• Consented to the appointments of the Rev. Dr. Robert E. Droste and Mr. Jonathan L. Elliott as Diocesan Canons.

• Concurred with Bishop Stokes that the request of the Rev. James C. McReynolds should be accepted and approved in accordance with Canon III.9.8 to be released and removed from the obligations of the ordained ministry of The Episcopal Church.

• Endorsed appointment of Canon Paul Ambos, Esq. as Chancellor for a one-year term.

• Endorsed the Initiatives and Mission Budget.

• Consented to the Election of David Mitchell Reed as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of West Texas.

• Approved the revised Resolution for the 2015 housing allowance for clergy employed at Diocesan House who are not provided housing.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Kirk, Secretary