The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
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The 27th Annual
Diocesan Convention
November 6 & 7, 2009 • St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Arlington

 
convention theme
  Nominees for Elective Office in the Diocese

 

Standing Committee • elect 1 clerical and 1 lay member  
clerical nominees
Fr. Crary Fr. William Crary is Rector of St. Laurence, Grapevine, and Dean of the Eastern Deanery. Currently he serves in the Finance Committee and the Commission on Ministry (Committee for the Priesthood). The senior active priest in the diocese, he is a former Rector of All Saints’, Fort Worth, and St. Vincent’s, Bedford. He is a former member of the Standing Committee.  
  Fr. Phelps Fr. John Phelps is Priest-in-Charge at St. Luke’s, Mineral Wells, and Vicar of Holy Spirit, Graham, and St. Peter’s, Possum Kingdom Lake. He has served on the diocesan Evangelism Commission and as a leader in the TELET program. Fr. Phelps has worked with the youth of the diocese as a Camp Crucis chaplain and as a faculty member at the St. Michael's Conference Southwest.  
 
Dean Reed
Fr. Ryan Reed is Dean of St. Vincent’s Cathedral Church and School in Bedford. He has been a member of the diocesan Finance Committee, Christian Education Commission, Hispanic Affairs Committee, and Commission on Ministry (Committee for the Laity). He also has served as Armed Forces Representative and a member of the Board of the Anglican School of Theology. Dean Reed was a Deputy to General Convention in 2006. He is a former member of the Steering Committee for the Anglican Communion Network and a past president of the Standing Committee.  
lay nominees
Beverly Maurer Beverly Maurer is a member of St. Peter & St. Paul, Arlington, where she currently serves as Senior Warden and is a member of the Memorial Garden Business and Beautification Committees. She is a retired nurse. Beverly is a member of the Daughters of the King and has been an officer of the organization on both the parish and diocesan levels. As a community member, she has served on the Arlington ISD’s Vocational School Advisory Board.  
  Julia Smead Julia Smead is a member of St. Barnabas, Fort Worth. She serves her congregation as a convention delegate, vestry member, parish secretary, and home-group leader. A Benedictine oblate, she is the founder and facilitator of a local Anglican Benedictine community, which meets monthly. She has served on Executive Council. A member of the Daughters of the King, she has served as the Daughters’ diocesan President, Province VII President, and as a member of the national board. She is secretary for Forward in Faith North America.  
  Steve Waters Steven Waters is a member of St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth, where he currently serves as Senior Warden. He is self-employed. His other parish service includes usher, greeter and Senior Warden of the Associate Vestry. In the community he has been a Director of the Cowtown Executives Association and the Better Business Bureau.  
       
Ecclesiastical Trial Court • elect 1 clerical and 1 lay member  
clerical nominees
Fr. Klein Fr. David Klein is Rector of St. John’s, Fort Worth. He has served on Executive Council and the Christian Education Committee and is co-chair of the Stewardship Committee. Fr. Klein has served as Chaplain to the Daughters of the King and as a clergy leader at Cursillo and Happening weekends. He is the diocesan contact for Anglicans for Life.  
 
Fr. Matkin
Fr. Timothy Matkin is vicar of St. Matthew’s, Comanche, and Trinity, Dublin. Previously he has serve as Assistant Rector and Canterbury House Chaplain at St. Alban's, Arlington, and as curate at All Saints’, Fort Worth. He has been a member of the faculty for the St. Michael’s Conference Southwest for several years. At the diocesan level he has served on the Commission on Ministry (Committee for the Diaconate) as an examiner of ordinands. He is a former member of the Ecclesiastical Trial Court.  
lay nominees
John Cook John Cook is a member of St. Andrew’s, Breckenridge. He is an attorney, rancher, and former member of the Texas House of Representatives. He has served as both Junior and Senior Warden of his parish and as a diocesan convention delegate. On the diocesan level, he has served on the Executive Council, Standing Committee, Finance Committee, and Camp Crucis Board. He is a former member of the Ecclesiastical Trial Court.  
 
Thom Murrell
Thom Murrell is a member of St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford. He is retired. He has served the parish as Junior and Senior Warden, and as chair of its Building Committee and School Committee. He is a member of the diocesan Risk Management Committee and Retirement Fund Committee. Nationally, he was coordinator of the Provincial Assembly held in June, and he serves on the ACNA Benefits Committee. He is running for a second consecutive term on the Ecclesiastical Trial Court.  
       
Trustee for the University of the South (Sewanee) • elect one lay trustee to a full term, one to a term expiring in 2010  
lay nominees
Melissa Glaser
Melissa Glaser is a member of St. Alban’s, Arlington. She works as a petroleum engineer. She is a member of her parish's Caritas group for young adults, and she has contributed on the diocesan level as a member of the Happening Steering Committee.  
  Walter Virden IV

Walter Virden IV is a member of St. John’s, Fort Worth. He works as a Certified Public Accountant. He has served his parish as treasurer and usher. He is the local representative for the Admissions Office at Sewanee and a member of the Texas Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He is an Eagle Scout and an adult Boy Scout leader. He has served three previous terms as lay Trustee for the University of the South.

 
       
       
       
 
Positions to Be Filled by Election
At the diocesan level, the openings are:
Standing Committee 1 Clerical member 1 Lay member
Trustees of the University of the South 0 Clerical member 2 Lay members*
  *1 Lay for a 3-year term  
  *1 Lay for unfulfilled term expiring 2010  
Ecclesiastical Court 1 Clerical member 1 Lay member
To make a nomination to fill any of these positions, use this form. The nomination deadline is Friday, Sept. 11. Biographies and photos of the full slate of nominees will be posted on Sept. 18.
At the deanery level, one representative is elected from each deanery each year. The following indicates the vacancies to be filled during the October deanery meetings.
FORT WORTH EAST DEANERY
  Elect one (1) clergy person for a three (3) year term.
    Representatives still in office:
    Mr. Gerald Gregory (2010)
    Mr. Paul Prater (2011)
FORT WORTH WEST DEANERY
  Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.
    Representatives still in office:
    Mr. Mack Wood (2010)
    The Rev. Jon Jenkins (2011)
EASTERN DEANERY
  Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.
    Representatives still in office:
    The Rev. Joshua Whitfield (2010)
    Mrs. Julia Smead (2011)
WESTERN DEANERY
  Elect one (1) clergy person for a three (3) year term.
    Representatives still in office:
    Mr. John Cook (2010)
    Mr. Bruce Camp (2011)
NORTHERN DEANERY
  Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.
    Representatives still in office:
    The Rev. Thomas Kennedy (2010)
    Mr. Cordell Swindle (2011)
SOUTHERN DEANERY
  Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.
    Representatives still in office:
    Mr. Dale Williams (2010)
    The Rev. Stephen Jones (2011)
To make a nomination for the vacancy in your deanery, please read Canon 35 and use this form. The deadline is seven days before your deanery meeting.
 
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