2020 SC Nominee – Clergy

The Rev. Larry Ehren

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Elected to Standing Committee in 2022. 1st two-year term.
Priest in Charge, St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, Belton (Central Deanery).

Previous Cures/Assignments

  • Internship at St. Luke’s in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.
  • Transitional Deacon at St. Mary Magdalene in Belton, Missouri.
  • Coordinator of the Way (Adult Catechumenate) at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Twenty years in faith sponsored health care at the Executive and Departmental level – most recently Director of Spiritual Care at Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill in Kansas City, Missouri.

Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Standing Committee 2018-2020.
  • Commission on Ministry Sub-committee on Lay Ministry Licensing.
  • Commission on Ministry Sub-committee on Discernment Process.
  • Faculty member at the Bishop Kemper School of Ministry, 2017 – present.

Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:  

  • Baptized for Life – An Episcopal Church Discipleship National Initiative – A partnership with the Lilly Foundation and the Virginia Theological Seminary – 2018 to Present.

Additional comments

Board Certified Chaplain, Certified Listening Hearts trainer, MBA in Organizational Development from Rockhurst University, Certificate in Health Care Ethics from Saint Louis University and the University of Washington, ten years on a Diocesan staff with a focus on ministry formation, twenty years of faith sponsored healthcare leadership, currently completing a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality at VTS

Updates

  • 10-20-2022. Updated to include 2022 Standing Committee nomination.
  • 10-28-2020. Updated with latest supplied information for nomination to Standing Committee

The Rev. Ted Estes

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Elected to Standing Committee in 2022. 2nd two-year term.
Rector (interim), St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Joplin. (Southern Deanery).

Previous Cures/Assignments

  • Rector at St. Paul’s Church, Lee’s Summit.
  • Associate Rector at Grace Church, Carthage.
  • Rector at All Saints Church, Nevada.
  • Chaplain at St. Luke’s Nursing Center, Carthage.
  • Youth Minister at Grace Church, Carthage.

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Member & Vice-president Standing Committee 2020-Present.
  • Diocesan Council 2016-20.
  • Diocesan Executive Council 2016-20.
  • Deanery Council Member 2008-Present.
  • Secretary of the Diocese.
  • Member & Secretary of the Board of Trustees for St. Luke’s Nursing Center.
  • Diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains.
  • Board Member of Bishop Kemper School of Ministry.
  • Bishop’s Transition Team.
  • Campus Ministry Commission.
  • Hispanic Ministry Commission.
  • Camp WEMO Staff.

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:  

  • Province Deputy 2009-2018
  • General Convention Deputy 2012 & 2015

Additional comments

  • Licensed Psychotherapist (LPC, LMFT) 1993-Present in Independent Practice.
  • Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists 1993-Present.
  • Member and President of the Missouri Licensing Board for Marital & Family Therapist 2005-2020.
  • Educator, Counselor, and Psychological Examiner in public schools 1978-2012.

Updates

  • 10-21-2022. Correction. Fr. Ted Estes is a nominee for Standing committee. Corrected from ‘Diocesan Council nominee’. (Thanks to Fr. Steven King for pointing out the error).
  • 10-18-2022. Updated with latest supplied information for nomination to Standing Committee.
  • 11-22-2021. Updated to add role as Vice President.

The Rev. Jonathan Frazier

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Elected to Standing Committee in 2020, 3rd two-year term.
Rector, St. Peter & All Saints, Kansas City (Northwest-Metro Deanery)

Previous Cures/Assignments

Assistant Rector at Christ Church in Springfield for 12 years. Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • President of the Standing Committee (to November 2021)
  • BKSM Board of Directors Executive Cmte (present)
  • Member of Diocesan Council (present) (ex officio)
  • Dean of the Southern Deanery (past)
  • Member of the Commission on Ministry for 10 years (past)
  • Member of many committees and boards in the diocese (past), including the: Finance Cmte, Campus Ministry Cmte, Assessment Review Cmte, Insurance Cmte, Hispanic Ministry Cmte, Companion Diocese Cmte, and several others.

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:

  • Five-time delegate or alternate to General Convention
  • Attended Provincial Synods and Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

 Additional comments

Former officer at State Street Bank & Trust; Lockton Companies (IT).

Updates

  • 11-22-2021. Fr. Jonathan’s term as President of the Standing Committee has ended.
  • 10-28-2020. Updated with latest supplied information for nomination to Standing Committee

The Very Rev. Robin James

Dean, Northwest-Metro Deanery.
General Convention First Alternate Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Liberty. (Northwest-Metro Deanery).

Previous Cures/Assignments

  • Priest-in-Charge, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New Paltz, New York.
  • Chaplain, Campus Ministries, Diocese of New York — three campuses.
  • Canon Precentor (also Curate, Precentor), Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • January 2022 – Present Dean, Northwest-Metro Deanery, The Diocese of West Missouri
  • January 2022 – Present Member, Diocesan Council, The Diocese of West Missouri
  • January 2022 – Present Member, Finance Committee, The Diocese of West Missouri
  • February 2022 – Present Member, Constitution and Canons Committee, The Diocese of West Missouri
  • December 2021 – Present Member, Human Resources Committee, The Diocese of West Missouri
  • November 2021 – Present Chair, Resolutions Committee, The Diocese of West Missouri
  • Other Dioceses Commissions and Committees
  • January 2014 – August 2019, Diocese of New York
  • May 2005 – December 2013, Diocese of Utah

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:  

  • None at present.

Additional comments

  • Prior to ordination I enjoyed a first career in university academic advising.

Updates

  • 10-19-2022. Updated with the latest supplied information for nomination as a General Convention Deputy.
  • 10-11-2021. Existing profile text updated with the latest submission.
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