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Standing Committee

Standing Committee


The Standing Committee consists of eight members, four members of the clergy entitled to vote at Convention and four laypersons who are confirmed adult communicants in good standing of a congregation that has been admitted as a Voting Congregation. Two members, one member of the clergy and one layperson, is elected at each Annual Convention.

The Standing Committee serves as the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese in the absence of a bishop. It serves as the bishop’s council of advice. The Standing Committee is requested to give consent for all bishops elected in the Episcopal Church. It recommends persons for ordination. It gives the bishop advice and consent on the purchase, sale, or encumbrance of any property held by a congregation or the diocese. It gives the bishop advice and consent as to any judicial sentence given to a clergy person or concurs in allowing a clergy person to cease functioning as a member of the clergy. It investigates and reports to the bishop on the charge that a deacon or priest has abandoned the Episcopal Church. It also receives the bishop’s resignation.


Standing Committee Roster 2019-2020

Dr. Ann Putallaz (President), St Clare of Assisi, Ann Arbor
The Rev. Anthony Estes, Christ Church, Detroit
Ms. Joyce Holden, Christ Church, Adrian
The Rev. Carol Mader, St. James’ Episcopal Church, Dexter
The Rev. Joyce Matthews, Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills
Mr. Stephen J. Ott (Chancellor), Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit
Ms. Helen Santiz, Christ Church, Grosse Pointe
The Rev. Eric Williams, St. Philips, Rochester
Ms. Juanita Woods, All Saints, Detroit