The Commission on Ministry (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, please notify Canon Barbara Martin.   If there is a person in your congregation who is interested in discernment, please contact the Venerable Aaron Perkins first to learn about best practices.


 Commission on Ministry Members

  • Darreby Ambler
  • Larry Bartlett
  • The Rev. Jean Cavanaugh
  • The Rev. Suzanne Colburn
  • The Rev. Andrew D’Angio White
  • The Rev. Peggy Day
  • The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Chair
  • The Rev. Lisa Smith Fry
  • The Rev. Abby Pettee
  • The Rev. Tim Higgins, Standing Committee Liaison
  • The Rt. Rev. Thomas Brown, Bishop
  • Barbara Martin, Canon for Administration