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Vermont Delegation Prepares for 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas

Vermont Delegation Prepares for 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas

The General Convention, the governing body of The Episcopal Church, is gearing up for its 79th triennial meeting, to be held July 5 -13 in Austin, Texas. Representatives from each diocese are planning to participate, including the following elected delegates from the Episcopal Church in Vermont:


  • The Rev. Deacon Stannard Baker | The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington
  • The Rev. Lee Crawford | Church of Our Saviour, Killington
  • The Rev. Scott B. Neal | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, White River Junction
  • The Rev. Titus Presler | St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Enosburg Falls
  • (First Alternate*) The Rev. Rob Spainhour | Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton
  • (Second Alternate*) The Rev. Jennie Anderson | St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Norwich


  • Anne Brown | Church of Our Saviour, Killington
  • Nanci Gordon | Trinity Episcopal Church, Rutland
  • Thomas Little | Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne
  • Jennifer Ogelby | St. James Episcopal Church, Essex Junction
  • (First Alternate*) Jonathan Brennan | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, White River Junction
  • (Second Alternate*) Ann Cooper | St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury

(*Please note that our Clergy and Lay First Alternates typically attend the General Convention. However, our Second Alternates do not attend General Convention unless they are needed to fill an absence.)

The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, bishop of Vermont, will be participating in the General Convention, and Diocesan Communications Minister Maurice Harris will be on location for the latter half of the event providing the Vermont diocese with updates.

Broadly, the work of the General Convention includes the adoption of Episcopal Church legislation and a budget, as well as the consideration of amendments to the Book of Common Prayer, the Episcopal Church Constitution, and the Canons of the Church. Additionally, elections for various offices, boards and committees are traditionally held at the General Convention.

For details of the specific issues to be covered at this year’s General Convention and news and announcements published by The Episcopal Church, please visit

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