Convocations

Convocations

The Diocese of Oregon is a diocese of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, also known as the Episcopal Church. As members of an international church, we are a constituent part of the world-wide Anglican Communion of Churches.

The Diocese of Oregon is divided into seven geographical areas called Convocations. Each Convocation is made up of specific congregations, and each has a Dean (clergy person) and a President (lay person). The Convocation Deans are appointed annually by the Bishop at the annual Diocesan Convention. The Presidents are elected by each Convocation. The idea of Convocations is a time-honored one that harkens back to traditional Anglican structure, where members of a “deanery” were a Bishop’s liaison, regional representative and pastoral minister.

The detailed ministry description focuses on each Dean assisting The Bishop by serving as a pastoral resource for clergy and lay leadership in their respective convocations, especially during times of transition, illness, or other pressing circumstances. Each Dean will also coordinate meetings with local clergy, facilitate communication and work with his or her Convocation President (lay person) in convening gatherings of Convocation delegates.

The goals of the detailed ministry as envisioned by The Bishop are described below:

  • To exercise a ministry of encouragement to clergy and lay leaders, and to help recruit, train and develop lay leaders for ministry.
  • To visit each congregation, to establish a relationship and to foster collegiality, congeniality, and to be known to the congregation as a friendly face, an advocate, and a connection to The Bishop. To be knowledgeable about the vision of our Diocese.
  • To be a pastor for the clergy (active, retired, and spouses of deceased clergy) and their families in time of need, i.e. hospitalization, illness, death, divorce, separation, funerals, and other crisis situations.
  • To help coordinate regional confirmations or other diocesan gatherings.
  • To be knowledgeable about the various program groups and ministries of the Diocese.
  • To welcome new clergy (priests and deacons) who enter our Diocese.
  • To be involved in planning and to be an active participant in the Celebration of New Ministry liturgy
  • To coordinate Clericus meetings and to work with Convocation Presidents on Convocation activities, developing agendas for Convocations meetings, and being in contact with Convocation representatives to Diocesan Council.
  • To serve as a representative of The Bishop, and to assist when directed by The Bishop to participate in conflict resolution at the parish level.

When the Episcopal Church first came to the Oregon Territory (1853), there were two convocations—east and western Oregon. In 1906, those convocations became the Western Diocese of Oregon and the Eastern Diocese of Oregon.

Convocation Index

Central

Dean
The Rev. Bingham Powell

President
Jerry Jacobson

Congregations
St. Alban – Albany
Church of the Good Samaritan – Corvallis
St. Andrew – Cottage Grove
St. David – Drain
Church of the Resurrection – Eugene
St. Mary – Eugene
St. Matthew – Eugene
St. Thomas – Eugene
St. Martin – Lebanon
St. Stephen – Newport
St. John the Divine – Springfield
St. John – Toledo
St. Luke’s by the Sea – Waldport

Columbia

Dean
The Rev. David Sweeney

President
James Baxendale

Congregations
Grace – Astoria
Ascension – Portland
St. Stephen – Portland
Trinity Cathedral – Portland
Christ Church – St. Helens
Calvary – Seaside

Metro-East

Dean
The Rev. James Joiner

President
Jill Osburn

Congregations
Church of the Holy Cross – Boring
St. Aidan – Gresham
St. Luke – Gresham
St. John the Evangelist – Milwaukie
St. Paul – Oregon City
All Saints – Portland
Grace Memorial – Portland
St. Andrew – Portland
St. David – Portland
St. Matthew – Portland
St. Michael and All Angels – Portland
SS. Peter and Paul/San Pedro y San Pablo – Portland
St. Philip the Deacon – Portland

South Coast

Dean
The Rev. Christy Close Erskine

President
Barbara Gauntlett

Congregations
St. John – Bandon
St. Timothy – Brookings
Emmanuel – Coos Bay
St. James – Coquille
St. Andrew – Florence
St. Mary – Gardiner/Reedsport
St. Matthew – Gold Beach
St. Christopher – Port Orford

Southern

Dean
The Rev. Tony Hutchinson

President
David McFadden

Congregations
Trinity – Ashland
St. Matthias – Cave Junction
St. Luke – Grants Pass
St. Mark – Medford
Church of the Ascension – Riddle
St. George – Roseburg
St. Martin – Shady Cove
Church of the Holy Spirit – Sutherlin

Sunset

Dean
The Rev. Jeff Littlefield

President
Susan Hall

Congregations
St. Bartholomew – Beaverton
St. Bede – Forest Grove
All Saints – Hillsboro
Misión Todos los Santos – Hillsboro
Christ Church – Lake Oswego
St. Catherine – Manzanita
St. Michael/San Miguel – Newberg
St. John the Baptist – Portland
St. Barnabas – Portland
St. Gabriel the Archangel – Portland
St. James – Tigard
St. Alban – Tillamook
St. Francis of Assisi – Wilsonville

Williamette

Dean
The Rev. Frederick Heard

President
Martin Loring

Congregations
St. Thomas – Dallas
St. James – Lincoln City
St. Barnabas – McMinnville
St. Hilda – Monmouth
Prince of Peace – Salem
St. Paul – Salem
St. Timothy – Salem
St. Edward – Silverton
Christ the King – Stayton
St. Mary – Woodburn