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What is Diocesan Council?

Diocesan Council is a decision-making body of the Diocese of Maine that is comprised of two elected members from each of the diocesan Areas.  The Bishop, who presides, is also a voting member.  The Bishop may also appoint up to four at-large members to help make it a more representative body. The Chair of the Diocesan Council Finance Committee is also a full member.

In September 11, 2021, Diocesan Council voted to adopt the new proposed area structure by the Task Force formed and charged to “examine the current Area structure and make recommendations to Diocesan Council for updates and adaptations to the current configuration”. Click here to view a map and list of the changed areas.

What does Diocesan Council do and how often does it do it?

Since the most representative expression of the Diocese of Maine meets only once a year at Diocesan Convention to make decisions about elected offices, the annual budget and resolutions, Diocesan Council serves as “the convention between conventions.”  It generally meets four times a year.  In September, they consider and approve a draft budget for the upcoming year for Convention to vote on in October.  It may also form task force and study groups to do the work of the Diocese.  It makes mid-year budget adjustments and evaluates proposals for new ministry initiatives.

Council Members


Rita Redfield (2022)

Rev. Lynn Rutledge (2023)


Nancy Mooers (2022)

Rev. Thom Rock (2023)


Barbara Collins (2022)

Rev. Nancy Moore (2023)


Stephen Ward (2022)

Rev. Lisa Fry (2023)


Fred Fowler (2022)

Rev. Suzanne Roberts (2023)


Holly Sargent (2022)

Rev. Lauren Kay (2023)


Rt. Rev. Thomas Brown (Bishop)

Thomas Ward (Treasurer)

Rev. Lael Sorensen (Finance Chair)

Staff Liaison: Cn. Barbara Martin


Diocesan Council Meetings 

March 5, 2022

June 11, 2022

September 17, 2022

December 9-10, 2022