Diocesan Profile » Organization and Leadership
Structures and Governance of the Diocese
Governance of the Diocese is provided through a well-defined administrative structure and the canonical bodies described in the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese. As the geographical area of the Diocese covers two states, New Mexico and Texas, its legal structure consists of a corporation formed within each state. The “Trustees of the Property of the Protestant Episcopal Church” serve as the officers and directors of the respective corporations. The Bishop, Chancellors, Treasurer of the Diocese, and members of the Standing Committee constitute the membership of the Trustees of the Property.
Officers of the Diocese include an elected Treasurer and the following appointed positions: a Chancellor for New Mexico and a Chancellor for Texas, Registrar, Secretary to the Diocesan Convention, Canonist, and Archivist.
The Diocese is divided into four geographical deaneries, each lead by a dean appointed by the Bishop. Each Deanery conducts regularly scheduled meetings to elect lay and clergy officers, and to address the implementation of diocesan and deanery initiatives. Through Clericus programs, each Deanery provides collegial and ecclesiastical activities for clergy.
Key canonical committees include the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, the Commission on Ministry of the Baptized, Diocesan Investment Board, the Disciplinary Board, and the Cathedral Chapter. On-going administrative oversight is provided by the Finance Committee, a subcommittee of the Diocesan Council. Under the leadership of the Bishop, the Finance Committee monitors the financial operations the Diocese, prepares the first draft a budget for consideration by Diocesan Council, and prepares financial recommendations for the Trustees of the Property and Diocesan Council throughout the year. The composition and responsibilities of each committee are defined in Diocesan Canons.
Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son. (Acts 20:28)
Our Leadership Team
The diocesan leadership team presently includes a talented diocesan staff. It is comparatively small, consisting of four full-time positions: the Canon to the Ordinary, a Business Manager, an Executive Assistant to the Bishop, and an Administrative Assistant. Part-time positions include the Dean of the Bishop’s School for Ministries, a Special Projects Coordinator, a Special Projects Administrator, and the Marketing and Facilities Director of Bishop’s Ridge. The day-to-day operations of the Bosque Conference Center, and in part, the Bishop’s Ridge facilities rental activities and the summer camp program, are carried out by contract personnel. View our 2016 organization chart.
In addition, Bishop Jerry Lamb, the retired bishop of Northern California, was appointed as Assisting Bishop by Bishop Vono with pastoral responsibilities for the southern deaneries. Bishop Lamb has served as convener of clergy for collegial events such as the Mass of Collegiality, clergy retreats and other gatherings, as well as providing confirmations and receptions when congregations requested services between Bishop Vono’s annual visitations. Bishop Craig Anderson, retired from the Diocese of South Dakota, lives in Taos and also assists when called upon.
Shortly after his consecration, Bishop Vono entered into a covenant diocese relationship with the Diocese of Navajoland. Bishop David Bailey and the clergy and laity of Navajoland were invited to be part of clergy and diocesan gatherings in the Rio Grande. Additionally, Bishop Bailey made himself available for Episcopal visitations at various times in the northern portions of the Diocese, to assist when congregational requests required additional visitations, and to provide education, information and advocacy for Navajo and Native American issues.