The Standing Committee is the body of lay and clergy members of the Diocese elected by the Annual Meeting of the Convention and authorized by the Canons of the Episcopal Church as the Bishop’s Council of Advice. If there is no diocesan, suffragan, or coadjutor bishop canonically authorized to act, the Standing Committee becomes the Ecclesiastical Authority of the diocese for all purposes declared by General Convention.
The Standing Committee advises the bishop and gives consent in matters of the disposition of property, ecclesiastical discipline, the election and consecration of bishops, and the matter of candidates for ordained ministry. The election of members and the terms and conditions of their office are defined by the Canons of the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon.
The Standing Committee meets monthly online.
The Standing Committee, Board of Trustees, & Diocesan Council meet together for an All Governing Bodies Retreat on
March 25 & September 30.
Members of the Committee
The Rev. Kristina Burbank, Deacon (St. James Santiago, Lincoln City)
Megan Colwell (St. Barnabas, Portland)
Susan Mekarski (St. Francis of Assisi, Wilsonville)
Don Metheny (St. Mary, Eugene)
The Rev. Greg Rainey, Deacon (St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukie)
The Rev. Gavin Shumate (St. John, Toledo)
The Rev. Agustin Valadez (St. Mary, Woodburn) – President
Juanita Weber (St. David of Wales, Portland)