What is The Commission on Ministry (COM)?

COM assists the bishop in developing, recruiting, forming, and assessing those called to ministry in the church. Their work encompasses those called to lay or ordained ministry.

Help with Discernment

Introduction to the Journey to Ordination

The path to ordination in the Diocese of Maine is undertaken in community, and at various stages, various communities participate in the process. The Bishop oversees all matters of formation, but the pieces and parts are distributed among many ‘partners’ in ministry. Please read and download this document for a basic outline of the steps someone wanting to be ordained must take.

Applications for Postulancy Interviews

The Commission on Ministry (COM) conducts interviews for postulancy on a rolling basis.  Applications require the endorsement of the Priest in Charge (or Senior Warden in Charge). If you are a Priest in Charge or Senior Warden in charge of a congregation, and you expect to endorse a person’s application or there is a person in your congregation who is interested in discernment, please contact the Venerable Aaron Perkins.


  • For information about the discernment process, the diaconate, or the Deacon Formation Program: The Venerable Aaron Perkins, Archdeacon 
  • For information about the role of the Commission on Ministry: The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Chair, Commission on Ministry (COM)

 Commission on Ministry Members

  • The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Chair
  • Darreby Ambler
  • The Rev. Jean Cavanaugh
  • The Rev. Andrew D’Angio White
  • The Rev. Peggy Day
  • The Rev. Lisa Smith Fry
  • The Ven. Aaron Perkins
  • The Rt. Rev. Thomas Brown, Bishop