Elective Offices & Nominees

“Governance in The Episcopal Church is all about collegiality, collaboration, and community discernment. You offer a precious gift to God by putting your name forward to serve on these deliberative bodies and put your experience, insights, and creativity to work for the benefit of our whole diocesan family.” –Bishop John Harvey Taylor

Nominations may be made from the floor of Convention, but the deadline to be included on the printed tally sheet is October 24, and on the website is November 4. This page is updated every Friday.

  • The nominator must be a voting delegate to Convention and must sign the nomination form.

  • A lay nominee must be a confirmed communicant in good standing in a Parish or Mission of the Diocese.

  • A clergy nominee must be in regular standing in the Diocese.

  • All nominees must give prior consent to the nomination.

Once nominated, please also submit a photo (candid is fine), along with a brief biography and statement by following the above link (“Submit Nominee Information”).

All submissions are subject to review before being posted.

CANTERBURY IRVINE (1 clergy or 1 lay for a one-year term)

Joyce Swaving

Joyce Swaving

Member at St. George's, Laguna Hills

CANTERBURY USC (1 clergy or 1 lay for a one-year term)

Christopher James

Christopher James

Member at St. Philip's, Los Angeles

Bio: Junior Warden for the historic St. Philip’s the Evangelist Church in South Los Angeles for the past five years. Also lead Business Development for the international engineering firm, Holmes.

Statement: As a former student president of Canterbury USC (Class of 2013) and the current assistant treasurer, the Canterbury community has been a cornerstone of my life. It’s nurtured my growth and grounded me in the work of an important ministry. It’s my greatest hope that it will provide that same value to many others for years to come.

COMMISION ON MINISTRY, CLERGY (1 clergy for a three-year term)

The Commission on Ministry is required by The Episcopal Church Canons. The Commission advises and assists the Bishop in the implementation of Title III; in the determination of present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons; and in the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assessment of readiness. The Commission meets on four weekends a year and on other days as may be required.

No nominees

COMMISION ON MINISTRY, LAY (1 lay for a three-year term)

The Commission on Ministry is required by The Episcopal Church Canons. The Commission advises and assists the Bishop in the implementation of Title III; in the determination of present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons; and in the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assessment of readiness. The Commission meets on four weekends a year and on other days as may be required.

Joseph Warren

Joseph Warren

Member at St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood

CORPORTATION OF THE DIOCESE, CLERGY (1 clergy for a three-year term)

The Corporation of the Diocese oversees a variety of matters pertaining to finances, audits, insurance, taxes, legal documents, purchase and sale of properties, renovations, bequests, etc. The Corporation meets from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month on Zoom or at St. Paul’s Commons.

Rachel Nyback

Rachel Nyback

Rector at St. Cross, Hermosa Beach

Cindy Voorhees

Cindy Voorhees

Vicar at St. James, Newport Beach

CORPORTATION OF THE DIOCESE, LAY (2 lay for a three-year term)

The Corporation of the Diocese oversees a variety of matters pertaining to finances, audits, insurance, taxes, legal documents, purchase and sale of properties, renovations, bequests, etc. The Corporation meets from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month on Zoom or at St. Paul’s Commons.

Artur Grigorian

Artur Grigorian

Member at St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood

DEPUTY TO GENERAL CONVENTION, CLERGY (4 clergy)

The 2024 General Convention will be held in Louisville, in the Diocese of Kentucky. The convention will elect the next Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church as the Most Rev. Michael Curry concludes his term Nov. 1 of that year.

Nominees for Deputy who are not elected will automatically be nominated to serve as Alternates.

Fennie Hsin-Fen Chang

Fennie Hsin-Fen Chang

Vicar at St. Thomas, Hacienda Heights

Bio: Vicar at St. Thomas’ Church, Hacienda Hts.; Convener of the Chinese Ministry Advisory Committee; Member of New Community; Member of the Bishop’s Parochial Council; Former Episcopal Chaplain at UC-Irvine; Clergy Deputy to the 80th General Convention

Statement: This is my second time to run to serve as a clergy deputy to the General Convention. I firmly believe that God’s love embraces all peoples. It is such a belief that has continued to encourage me to seek opportunities to bring my voice as a female priest of color into a greater community of the Episcopal churches.

Guy Leemhuis

Guy Leemhuis

St. Luke's of-the-Mountains, La Crescenta

Bio: Alternate Deputy to Convention TEC Task Force on Theology for Social Justice Advocacy; Standing Committee Member; Standing Committee rep for Program Group on Mission Congregations; Member of Program Group on Black Ministries; Member of GLEAM LA.

Statement: I was elected last convention as a Clergy Alternate and participated in Convention, testifying in support of various legislation supported by our deputation and province synod I served as our delegate. I’m hoping to be elected as a Deputy this year. I have participated in various Deputy trainings and have attended two previous General Conventions.

Rachel Nyback

Rachel Nyback

Rector at St. Cross, Hermosa Beach

Dominique Piper

Dominique Piper

Blessed Sacrament, Placentia

Bio: Navy Veteran, NATCA Union Representative/ Legislative Representative, Parish Deacon of Blessed Sacrament Placentia, Assistant with Pastoral Care and Visitations, Member of Bishop’s Commission on Liturgy and Music

I am running to be one of the clergy deputies to General Convention to take a more active role in the National Church as a millennial and a woman of color. I hope to be apart of the group that helps shapes the future for our church and that truly represents all who our worshiping our Lord Jesus in our congregations.

DEPUTY TO GENERAL CONVENTION, LAY (4 lay)

The 2024 General Convention will be held in Louisville, in the Diocese of Kentucky. The convention will elect the next Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church as the Most Rev. Michael Curry concludes his term Nov. 1 of that year.

Nominees for Deputy who are not elected will automatically be nominated to serve as Alternates.

Ivan Gutierrez

Ivan Gutierrez

Member at La Iglesia de la Magdalena, Glendale

Julie Larsen

Julie Larsen

Member at St. Margaret's, San Juan Capistrano

Andy Tomat

Andy Tomat

Member at St. Barnabas, Eagle Rock

DIOCESAN COUNCIL, CLERGY (1 clergy for a three-year term)

Diocesan Council is a body of elected lay and clergy representatives from each Deanery and at-large who serve between meetings of Diocesan Convention to oversee the programs of the Diocese. The Council meets the second Thursday of the month from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Zoom or at St. Paul’s Commons.

No nominees

DIOCESAN COUNCIL, LAY (1 lay for a three-year term)

Diocesan Council is a body of elected lay and clergy representatives from each Deanery and at-large who serve between meetings of Diocesan Convention to oversee the programs of the Diocese. The Council meets the second Thursday of the month from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Zoom or at St. Paul’s Commons.

No nominees

DIOCESAN INVESTMENT TRUST (1 lay or 1 clergy for a four-year term)

This group oversees the administration of the Diocesan Investment Trust. The Trustees’ objective is to achieve reasonable income while seeking to preserve capital. The meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. (February, May, September, and December.)

John Brunson

John Brunson

Member at Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park

HILLSIDES (1 lay or 1 clergy for a three-year term)

Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families, and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy. We envision a world in which children and young adults, families, and communities are able to heal, grow, and thrive. Our values are quality care, respect, integrity, transparency, compassion, collaboration, and innovation.

Ed Sniecienski

Ed Sniecienski

Deacon at Church of the Ascension, Sierra Madre

I have 10+ years of service at Ascension, Sierra Madre, CA.For nine years I served on the Bishop’s staff as special assistant to the Diocesan. I am a certified Spiritual Director. I have served on numerous boards.

Statement: I have been on the Hillsides board since 2009 and have served on numerous committees. Currently, I chair the Episcopal Presence Committee. I will continue to work diligently for the continued success of Hillsides utilizing my connections in the community to encourage ongoing support of its programs to improve the lives of children and families.

HOLY FAMILY SERVICES (1 lay or 1 clergy for a three-year term)

No nominees

SECRETARY OF CONVENTION (1 lay or 1 clergy for a one-year term)

Steve Nishibayashi

Steve Nishibayashi

Member at St. Mary's (Mariposa), Los Angeles

STANDING COMMITTEE, CLERGY (1 clergy for a four-year term)

The Standing Committee acts as the Ecclesiastical Authority when the Bishop is absent or incapacitated. The Committee provides advice and consent to the Bishop on property issues, presentment issues for clergy, recommendations from the Corporation, and other legal aspects of the Diocese. The Standing Committee has jurisdiction over and oversight of issues involving property of the Diocese. This includes all parish property, which is held in trust for the Diocese and The Episcopal Church. The Standing Committee participates in the consents to the elections of and consecrations of Diocesan and Bishops Suffragan for other Dioceses. The Standing Committee, acting on the recommendation of the Diocese’s Commission on Ministry, votes to approve or disapprove the admission of persons in the process to ordination.

Antonio Gallardo

Antonio Gallardo

Rector at St. Luke's, Long Beach

STANDING COMMITTEE, LAY (1 lay for a four-year term)

The Standing Committee acts as the Ecclesiastical Authority when the Bishop is absent or incapacitated. The Committee provides advice and consent to the Bishop on property issues, presentment issues for clergy, recommendations from the Corporation, and other legal aspects of the Diocese. The Standing Committee has jurisdiction over and oversight of issues involving property of the Diocese. This includes all parish property, which is held in trust for the Diocese and The Episcopal Church. The Standing Committee participates in the consents to the elections of and consecrations of Diocesan and Bishops Suffragan for other Dioceses. The Standing Committee, acting on the recommendation of the Diocese’s Commission on Ministry, votes to approve or disapprove the admission of persons in the process to ordination.

No nominees