GC81 Deputy – Lay

Ms Alexandra Connors

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Elected to the Standing Committee in 2021. 2nd two-year term.
General Convention Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City (Northwest-Metro Deanery).

Involvement at a Church level:

  • Education for Ministry (EfM) student.
  • Choir Member (current at St. Paul’s and prior at GHTC).
  • Eucharistic Minister (current).
  • Lector (current).
  • Acolyte (prior).
  • Vestry member (current at St. Paul’s and prior terms at GHTC).
  • Stewardship Committee Member (current).
  • Young Adult Ministry events coordination (current at St. Paul’s at prior at GHTC).
  • Community Outreach volunteer (current).
  • Cathedral Youth Minister (prior).
  • Congregational Instagram/Social Media content creator (prior).
  • Member of Cathedral committees and task forces (prior).
  • Advisor for Cathedral building projects (Diocesan Close renovation).

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Standing Committee Member.
  • Deanery Secretary (Northwest Metro).
  • Regular volunteer for Regional youth ministry.
  • Interim Regional Youth Ministry Coordinator (2018).

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:

  • Regular attendee of Episcopal Church training and conferences such as FORMA.
  • West Missouri Deputy to the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
  • Member of the Dispatch of Business committee for the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
  • West Missouri representative to the Provincial Youth Network (2003-2007).
  • General Convention Official Youth Presence representative for Province VII (2006).

 Additional comments

Serving the Diocese and our wider Church across the many roles listed above has been an honor. I am excited about the ongoing work of the Church and West Missouri’s place in that work. I am deeply passionate about our Diocese; the people that make it up, each individual congregation, and all of its vibrant ministries. I will be thankful for the opportunity to attend the General Convention of the Episcopal Church as a Deputy from West Missouri if elected.

Updates

  • 11-19-2022. Updated with the latest supplied information for nomination as a General Convention Deputy.
  • 11-09-2021. Updated to reflect successful election.
  • 09-13-2021. Existing profile text updated with the latest submission.

Mr. Curtis Hamilton

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Diocesan Secretary (2014 – ).
General Convention Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City (Northwest-Metro Deanery).

Involvement at a Church level

  • Member of St Peter’s, Harrisonville (through 1998).
  • Christ Church, Warrensburg (1998-2002).
  • Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City (2022-present).
  • Vestry Member at Christ Church, Warrensburg (2020-2021).
  • Member of Dean Search Committee, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City (2003).
  • Acolyte Coordinator at various times in all three congregations.
  • Youth Ministry Volunteer and Interim Leader at various times, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City (2003-2021).

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Previous member of Youth Ministry Commission.
  • Youth Ministry Volunteer (1986-present).
  • Member of Diocesan Council (2011-present, twice elected and ex-officio).
  • Secretary of the Diocese (2014-present).

Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:

  • General Convention Deputy (2015, 2018, 2022).
  • Member of Committee 13 – Committees & Commissions (2022).

Additional comments

It has been my privilege to serve as General Convention Deputy to the last two conventions. I thank the members of the Diocesan Convention for the trust they have shown in me.

Updates

  • 10-19-2022. Updated with latest supplied information

Mr. Robert Maynard

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General Convention Second Alternate Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
St. Peter & All saints, Kansas City (Northwest-Metro Deanery).

Involvement at a Church level:

  • I am currently a member of vestry, outreach, and choir.
  • I have been involved in several roles previously at St. Peter & All Saints as well as at All Saints’ before our consolidation.

Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • I currently chair the Commission on Ministry and have been a member for several years.
  • Previously I have been involved with Youth ministry both at WEMO – Waconda as well as our Diocesan Camp, Cliff Springs before it closed.

Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:

  • I have been an Alternate to General convention in 2022, 2015, and 2012.

Additional comments

None at present.

Updates

  • None at present.

Ms. Christine Morrison

General Convention First Alternate Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City (Northwest-Metro Deanery).

Involvement at a Church level:

  • Eight Years of Children’s formation teaching, including Lego Advent and Lego Easter.
  • Six years of Vestry.
  • Two years of Livestreaming Team.
  • Many, many years of listening in the pews.

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Six years of Deanery Vice Chair.
  • Two General Conventions as a Lay Deputy (Thanks, Channing!)

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:

  • None at present.

Additional comments

I would like to see our denomination, our ‘branch of the Jesus movement’, to be known as the path to forgiveness. In many ways, The Episcopal Church needs to grow and expand, and by using the path to forgiveness, we can bring more into the fold to feed the hungry, clothe the unclothed and love all of our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Updates

  • None at present.

Mr. Spencer J. T. Orr

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Elected to Diocesan Council in 2022. 2nd two-year term.
General Convention Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage (Southern Deanery).

Involvement at a Church level:

  • Member of the Organ Committee.
  • Saint Gregory Choir Member Emeritus.
  • Occasional Flute Player at various services throughout the year, when asked.
  • Youth Ministry Commission – As a youth, since 2005. As an Adult Volunteer ~2013-2020

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Southern Deanery Grace Church Delegate to Diocesan Conventions 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022.
  • First Term Elected Member of Diocesan Council 2020-2022.
  • Bishop’s Appointee to Diocesan Council 2018-2020.

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:

  • General Convention Deputy to the 80th General Convention in 2021

Additional comments

A lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church in Beautiful, Charming, and Historic Carthage, Missouri; Spencer seeks election to Diocesan Council for a second elected term (2022-2024) to continue the work of serving and supporting our shared ministry together as the Episcopal Church in West Missouri, noting and representing the respective needs of our congregations (urban and rural) of our Diocese.

General Convention Deputy

Spencer seeks election to represent our Diocese as a Lay member of our West Missouri Deputation for a second time to the 81st General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in 2024.

Updates

  • 10-19-2022. Updated with the latest supplied information for nomination to Diocesan Council and as a General Convention Deputy.
  • 10-28-2020. Updated with the latest supplied information for nomination to Diocesan Council.

Ms. Amanda Perschall

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Elected to Diocesan Council in 2022. 2nd two-year term.
General Convention Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Lebanon (Southern Deanery).

Involvement at a Church level:

As a clergy daughter, Amanda grew up being steeped in Anglican tradition, worship, and ministry; being in church are some of her earliest and fondest memories.

At Trinity, Lebanon:

  • Bishop’s Warden: January 2009-January 2014.
  • Bishop’s Committee Member January 2007-January 2009, January 2022-present.
  • Altar Guild August 2006-present.
  • Eucharistic Minister January 2013 – present.
  • Lector August 2006 – present.

At Trinity, Kirksville:

  • Peer Minister for Campus Ministry January 2004 – December 2005.
  • Bishop’s Committee Clerk January 2004 – December 2005.
  • Lector August 2003 – December 2005.
  • Choir Member August 2003 – December 2005.

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Convention and Deanery Delegate 2010 – present.
  • Youth Ministry Commission Member August 2011 – present.
  • Diocesan Council member 2014 – 2018, 2020-2022
  • Vice-dean of the Southern Deanery Council.

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:

  • Attended General Convention with WEMO Youth 2012 and 2015.
  • General Convention Deputy 2018 and 2022

Additional comments

In secular life, Amanda is a high school social studies teacher. She has held numerous leadership roles at school including Professional Development Committee building chair, PLC facilitator, PBIS Committee secretary, new teacher mentor, curriculum writer, and local NEA co-president. Amanda enjoys traveling to experience and learn more from the world.

Updates

  • 10-19-2022. Updated with the latest supplied information for nomination to Diocesan Council and as a General Convention Deputy.

Mr. David Schlomer

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Elected to Diocesan Council in 2021. 2nd two-year term.
General Convention Third Alternate Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Calvary Episcopal Church, Sedalia. (Central Deanery).

Involvement at a Church level: 

  • Vestry Member, January 2021-Present.
  • Senior Warden, January, 2022 – Present.

Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level: 

  • Delegate to Central Deanery and Diocesan Convention, January, 2021 – Present.
  • Diocesan Council, Bishop’s Appointment, 2020.
  • Elected to Diocesan Council in 2021.

Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:

  • None at present.

Any additional comments:

  • I have also served on the Vestries of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Churches, Diocese of Kansas.
  • I was the Lay Co-Chair of the Bishop’s Transition Committee, 2017-2019, Diocese of Kansas.

Updates

  • 10-19-2022. Updated with the latest supplied information for nomination as a General Convention Deputy.
  • 11-09-2021. Updated to reflect successful election.
  • 08-11-2021. Previous profile updated with latest submission.
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