General Convention Deputy

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

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.

The Rev. Steven King

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Elected to Diocesan Council in 2022, 1st two-year term.
General Convention Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City (Northwest-Metro Deanery).

Previous Cures/Assignments

  • Priest-in-Charge, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska (April 2020 – August 2021)
  • Director of Congregational Life, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska (March 2017 – March 2020)
  • Associate Rector, St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Overland Park, Kansas (June 2014 – February 2017)

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Commission on Ministry Sub-committee for Education, Orientation, & Mentoring (The Diocese of West Missouri), current
  • Youth Ministry Commission (The Diocese of West Missouri), current
  • Commission on Ministry (Diocese of Nebraska), 2018-2021
  • Commission on Ministry (Diocese of Kansas), 2015-2017

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:  

  • General Convention Deputy, 1st alternate (Diocese of Kansas), 2012

Additional comments

I have been involved with youth and campus ministry since I was in high school. Before seminary, I served in the Episcopal Service Corps in Connecticut. Since ordination, I have served as priest in 3 dioceses. Upon arriving in The Diocese of West Missouri in 2021, I have found that this is a place where the Spirit of God is clearly at work through the many and various shared outreach, formation, fellowship, and worship ministries we all are part of. Our diverse yet unified communities are deeply devoted to Jesus and to sharing the Way of Love in their communities. I am filled with hope as I look toward our future and as we consider what God has in mind for God’s church in this place and for all that we might do and be together.

Updates

  • None to date.

The Rev. Anne Meredith Kyle

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Secretary of the Standing Committee. Elected to Standing Committee in 2021. 3rd two-year term.
General Convention Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Rector, Calvary Episcopal Church and Pastor, Christ and Trinity ELCA, Sedalia, (Central Deanery).

Previous Cures/Assignments

  • Rector, Calvary Sedalia, 2016 – present.

Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Delegate to Southern Deanery/Diocesan Convention 2005 – 2007.
  • Committee for Churches in Small Towns and Rural Areas 2006 – 2010.
  • Committee for Campus Ministry 2006 – 2012.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Planning Committee 2010 – 2018.
  • Standing Committee 2018 – present.
  • West Missouri Deputy to the 79th General Convention (2018).
  • Chair of the West Missouri Deputation to the 80th General Convention (2022).

Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:  

  • West Missouri Deputy to the 79th General Convention (2018).
  • Chair of the West Missouri Deputation to the 80th General Convention (2022).

Additional comments

  • I have been a registered nurse for over 35 years working primarily in public health, including public health emergency preparedness. As a lay person I was active in a large congregation and in a small one. I served as a facilitator for “Envisioning Congregational Mission”, working with congregations all over the diocese.

Updates

  • 10-19-2022. Updated with the latest supplied information for nomination as a General Convention Deputy.
  • 11-22-2021. Updated to add role as Secretary.
  • 11-09-2021. Updated to reflect successful election.
  • 10-11-2021. Existing profile text updated with the latest submission.

The Rev. Collin Larimore

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General Convention Second Alternate Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Assisting Clergy, Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage (Southern Deanery).

Previous Cures/Assignments

  • Seminarian at Seminary of the Southwest Aug 2019 – May 2022

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Outstanding Youth for WEMO Award 2012.
  • Southern Deanery Youth Delegate 2013.
  • ‘Rector’ WEMO Happening #70 2014.
  • WEMO Diocesan Council 2014 – 2016.
  • Youth Ministry Commission 2014 – 2015.
  • Youth Ministry Intern Summer 2016.
  • Parish Delegate (St. James Springfield) 2014 – 2018.
  • Southern Deanery Planning Team Awakening in WEMO with PB. Michael Curry Fall 2016 – Spring 2017.
  • Diocesan Metrics Committee – 2017.
  • WEMO Campus Ministry Commission 2016 – 2019, 2022 – Current.

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:  

  • Seminary of the Southwest Safety Committee 2020 – 2022.
  • Seminary of the Southwest Board of Trustees Senior Representative May 2021 – May 2022.
  • Christian Leadership Forum – Forum for Theological Exploration May 2021.

Additional comments

  • Assistant, Carnahan Evans PC 2014-2019.
  • Day of Service Leader – National Scout Jamboree 2013.
  • Eagle Scout, with Bronze, Gold, and Silver Palms 2011.
  • National Youth Leadership Training (BSA) 2010.

Updates

  • None to date.

The Rev. Chas Marks

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General Convention Deputy to GC81. Elected in 2022.
Rector, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City (Northwest Metro Deanery).
Transition Missioner, The Diocese of West Missouri.

Previous Cures/Assignments

  • Associate Rector, St. Mary’s, Kansas City.
  • Senior Advisor for Church Relations, Saint Francis Ministries, Salina, Kansas.

 Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • I have served both while a lay person and as an ordained person on Diocesan Council.
  • Dean of Northwest-Metro Deanery 2018 – 2021.
  • Member of Finance Committee 2018 – 2021.
  • Member of Diversity and Reconciliation Commission 2016 – present.

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:  

  • Instructor at The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry.
  • At-large member of the Province VII Provincial Council.
  • Deputy from West Missouri at the 80th General Convention.

Additional comments

  • Program Manager for Safe Place and Street Outreach Services, Synergy Services, 2005 – 2015.
  • Member of the National Advisory Board for the National Safe Place Network 2008 – 2015.

Updates

  • 11-19-2022. Updated with the latest supplied information for nomination as a General Convention Deputy.

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.

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.
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