The Diocesan Leadership Positions for laity and clergy elected at convention are now open. We ask that you pray for the open leadership positions and consider if you are called to serve or nominate someone.

Nominations are requested by December 15, 2019.

These nominations will be posted on the convention web page prior to the convention and will be included in the convention packet. You can be nominated from the floor of the convention. Nominees will need to bring 300 copies of their biography with photo to be handed out at the convention. These copies should be given to Canon Michelle Bolt before the start of business on Friday, Feb 7.

Elections for these diocesan leadership positions will be held at the Feb. 7 first session of our 2019 Diocesan Convention in Knoxville. More about the positions open below.

Offices Open for Election

Bishop and Council


Positions Open:

1 Lay South East Area

1 Lay Upper East Area

1 Clergy Middle East Area

Term: Three-year terms ending in 2023.

The Bishop and Council “B&C” comprises the bishop, the dean of St. John’s Cathedral, plus ten lay and clerical members who represent each of the three geographical areas of the diocese-two of each from the populous South East and Middle East areas and one of each from the Upper East area.

“B&C” carries out the work of the Diocesan Convention between its annual meetings and oversees the program of the diocese.

In 2019, the Bishop and Council adopted the following guiding principles. We ARE:

  • attuned to a eucharistic moment when past, present, and future co-exist
  • focused on God’s work in us and in you
  • hopeful about the church
  • collaborative
  • three regions as a trinity
  • ecumenical, participative, supportive
  • all in this together
  • prayerful
  • speaking truth in love
  • the convention between conventions

Among its responsibilities, Bishop and Council prepares the diocesan budget to be approved by Diocesan Convention and approves grants and loans recommended by the Opportunity Fund Committee. Members may serve on the Opportunity Fund and other council committees: Budget and Finance, Health Insurance, Stewardship, the Diocesan Council on Youth Ministry, or Diocesan Convention. Each term is three years. Clergy and lay members may not be from the same parish, and members must be 18 years old or more. Bishop and Council members may not serve simultaneously on the Standing Committee. Members gather approximately six times a year for meetings at the Diocesan House in Knoxville, although annual meetings may include an all-day or overnight retreat.

Please see Rule 8.03 of the Diocese of East Tennessee Annual Convention Rules of Order for specific provisions governing the election of members of Bishop and Council.

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Standing Committee


Positions Open:

1 Clergy

1 Lay

Terms: Three-year terms ending in 2023.

The Standing Committee serves as a council of advice to the bishop. Among its responsibilities, it gives consent for all bishops elected in The Episcopal Church, recommends individuals for ordination, and advises on the purchase, sale, or encumbrance of any diocesan property or property held by a congregation or ministry of the diocese. In the event the diocese is without a bishop, the Standing Committee serves as the ecclesiastical authority until the diocese elects a new bishop.

The Standing Committee schedules monthly meetings, but sometimes it conducts business via e-mail or conference call.

The Standing Committee has six members, three clergy and three lay. One clergy and one lay member rotate off each year. Each member’s term is three years, and they may be re-elected for one successive term. Members of the Standing Committee may not serve simultaneously on Bishop and Council, Commission on Ministry, or Disciplinary Board.

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Disciplinary Board


Positions Open:

1 Clergy

1 Lay

Terms: Three-year terms ending in 2023.

The Disciplinary Board is comprised of seven persons, four members of the clergy and three lay. Clergy members must be canonically and geographically resident within the diocese, and lay members must be adult communicants in good standing who are geographically resident in the diocese. Members of the Standing Committee may not also be members of the Disciplinary Board. Functions of the Disciplinary Board are listed in the Canons of the Episcopal Church, Title IV.

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Trustee, University of the South


Position Open:

1 Clergy

Terms: Three-year term ending in 2023.

Two lay people and one member of the clergy serve on the Board of Trustees of the University of the South. The term of office is three years, and trustees can be re-elected for one successive term. One trustee rotates off each year.

Trustees are expected to attend the annual board meeting each year and any special meetings that may occur throughout the year. Trustees should be personally committed to the basic aims of the university. They are responsible for informing their dioceses about the university and should be willing to contribute to its financial wellbeing.

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General Convention Deputy


Positions Open:

4 Clergy Deputies

(4 Clergy Alternates)

4 Lay Deputies

(4 Lay Alternates)

Terms: Three-year terms ending in 2023.

Four clergy and four lay people are elected in the year prior to that of a General Convention. The scale of votes determines each deputy’s seat and order of alternates. Deputies serve for three years—until the next group is elected—and they may be elected to successive terms. Indeed, in some respects, the stability of a deputation relies on a healthy mix of new and experienced deputies.

Deputies sit in the House of Deputies of the General Convention, which is the legislative body of the Episcopal Church.  The House of Bishops is the other unit in this bicameral body. Deputies are not delegates; they are deputized to act on their own and to vote their own consciences. Experienced deputies may represent the Diocese of East Tennessee on national committees.

In the Diocese of East Tennessee, deputies will attend an orientation and spring gathering in the month of March.  They also attend additional deputation meetings, Province IV Synod meetings (June of 2020 and 2021), and then the General Convention (June 30- July 9 in Baltimore, MD). 

At the General Convention, they consider resolutions, elect officials, establish a budget, pray, worship, laugh and sometimes cry together.  The schedule is full and the opportunities to connect with other leaders in our denomination are vast.  When they return, they are asked to interpret for East Tennessee Episcopalians, along with the Bishop, the actions and decisions of the convention.