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Christ Church, Mt. PleasantThe 227th Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina will be held March 9 and 10, 2018 at Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant.

Friday, March 9

1-4 p.m. Workshops
4:15 p.m. Clergy Vesting
5:00 p.m. Opening Convention Eucharist
7:00 p.m. Reception

 Saturday, March 10

7:30 a.m. Registration Begins
9:00 a.m. Call to Convention

Certification of Delegates  

There are two versions of the certificate: a printable version that you fill out and mail and an online version which may be filled out online and returned via email. If you use this version be sure to save a copy to your computer once it's filled out. Please return completed form by January 31, 2018.


Visitors are welcome, but seating in the visitor gallery is very limited. Alternates attending (in addition to your delegation) must be registered as a visitor. (Registration includes dinner Friday and lunch Saturday.)
$75.00/per person for clergy and lay delegation
$35.00/per person for visitors
Register here.  Deadline to register delegation is January 31, 2018.

Bishop Lowenfield Opening Eucharist Preacher

The Rt. Rev. Clark W. P. Lowenfield, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast, ACNA, will be the preacher at our service of Holy Eucharist on Friday, March 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Bishop Lowenfield is married to Tricia, and they have three daughters and two sons-in-law. He has served as senior pastor of churches in South Carolina and Texas for over 30 years. Clark is a graduate of Amherst College with degrees in Political Science and Economics and The University of the South-School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee with a Master of Divinity.


If you have resolution(s) that you would like mailed out to the delegates prior to the Convention, I must have them no later than February 1st, 2018. We urge you to offer the Convention time to prayerfully consider any resolution that might be set forth, and to observe this deadline.

Further Information

If you have questions contact the Convention Coordinator  Beth Snyder at (843) 722-4075 or


Each year at this time, the Clergy and other leaders of the Diocese are invited to provide suggestions to the Nominating Committee for those positions to be filled at the upcoming Diocesan Convention, which, this year, will be held March 9-10 at Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC.  We have again expanded the invitation to participate in the process this year to include a larger representation of diocesan leaders and hope you will give prayerful consideration to those God may be calling to serve the Diocese.

Attached is a letter from the Nominating Committee Chairman, the Rev. Karl Burns,  a nomination form along with a list of those positions to be filled at Convention. We're also including a list of who is currently and has recently served to help you in your discernment process.

Please send your suggestions to the Chairman of the Committee, by way of the Diocesan office by December 13th. The Committee will be convening in December to make its final recommendations for nominees well ahead of Convention. Working with the suggestions received, and often by further recruitment, the Committee will recommend a slate of nominations to the Convention.

226 schedule

The 226th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina will be held March 10-11, 2017 at St. Paul's Church in Summerville. Read the press release about the convention.

Bishop Alphonza Gadsden, Reformed Episcopal ChurchConvention Schedule
Download the convention schedule.

The Rt. Rev. Alphonza Gadsden, (pictured right), Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Southeast of the Reformed Episcopal Church, will be the preacher at our service of Holy Eucharist on Friday evening, 5 p.m. on March 10, 2017.

Delegate Certification

Two Easy Steps: CERTIFY Your Delegates * writable PDF (paperless option) * or download, print, fill out and return the form by mail. Certificates due by February 1st, 2016.


REGISTER Your Delegation
Registrations due by February 12th, 2016 Cost: $ 75.00/per delegate (clergy/laity) $ 35.00/per person (visitors) (Note: Alternates attending in addition to your elected delegation may not sit with their delegation and must register as visitors.)

Registration for visitors and alternates (Online)
Visitors are welcome, but seating in the visitor gallery is limited. Alternates attending (in addition to your delegation) must be registered as visitors.  (Registration includes dinner Friday and lunch Saturday.) Cost: $75.00/per person for clergy and lay delegation; $35.00/per person for visitors. Deadline to register delegation is February 12th, 2017.

Register here.

226 Convention Nominees bookletNominations

The  Nominating Committee began its work in October of 2016 and met on December 15, 2016 at the Cathedral.   The Committee was composed of clergy invited from every Deanery, laity serving in the major ministries of the Diocese and the diocesan ministry staff. With the insights that breadth of experience in the Diocese brings, the following slate of candidates has been offered, with the goal of providing the strongest possible leadership for the Diocese at this time.  We ask that the delegates to convention please give their qualifications your prayerful consideration as you prepare for our annual synod on March 10-11, 2017.

View the list of nominees.

If you have resolution(s) that you would like mailed out to the delegates prior to the Convention, email them to Beth Snyder, Diocesan Covention Coordinator,  no later than February 1st, 2017.   We urge you to offer the delegates time to prayerfully consider any resolution you are considering setting forth by observing this deadline.

Convention Workshop list


The Diocese is kicking off its 226th Annual Convention with a series of workshops on Friday, March 10. Each one will be offered twice with the first session running from 1-2:15 pm. and the second 2:45 to 4:00.

View workshop descriptions.

Register for workshops here.

Lodging Suggestions

Download lodging suggestions.

Hampton Inn Summerville
121 Holiday Drive
Summerville, SC 29483
843-871-8300 Hotel
843-832-3004 FAX
Rate: $129/night (includes continental breakfast)
Code: DSC (Diocese of South Carolina)

Wyndham Garden (formerly Holiday Inn Express)
120 Holiday Dr.
Summerville, SC 29483
843.875.3300 Hotel
865.455.0495 Direct Line
Rate: $109/night (includes continental breakfast)
No code needed simply mention “Diocese of South Carolina Convention”

Further Information
Still have questions? Please contact Beth Snyder at the Diocesan House, 843-722-4075, or  email,

During 226th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina in March we will elect individuals to serve the Diocese in the coming years. The following men and women have graciously agreed to stand for election. The positions to be filled are:
Standing Committee

    The Standing Committee serves as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese in the absence of the Bishop. The six presbyters and six laity have responsibilities including the areas of property, ordinations and corporation matters. They also serve as a council of advice to the Bishop. For Standing Committee we will be electing two clergy and two laity for three-year terms. Nominated clergy are: Ron Greiser, Marcus Kaiser, David Booman, David Dubay. Nominated laity are: Brandt Shelbourne, Anne Walton, Nancy Matthews, John Benson.                    

Diocesan Council

    The Diocesan Council is responsible for administering the ministry of the Diocese and to receiving and administering all funds raised. In addition to officers, department representatives and ministry leaders, the Council has six clergy and six laity elected by Diocesan Convention. Further, each deanery shall elect one clergy and one laity to represent that deanery.     For Diocesan Council we will be electing two clergy and two laity for three-year terms. Nominated clergy are: Stephen Davis, Matt Rusch, Trevor Spencer, Hunter Jordan, Jai Gibson. Nominated laity are: Cheryl Cargill, Nick Rindge, Sue Harrison, Lindy Kirk.

Diocesan Trustees

    The Diocesan Trustees, a board of three priests and five laymen, presided over by the Bishop, holds and manages assets on behalf of the Diocese. For Diocesan Trustees we will be electing one clergy and one laity for six-year terms. Nominated clergy are: Rags Coxe and Ted Duvall. Nominated laity are: Frank Kirk,  Frank Gibson.

Ecclesiastical Court

    The Ecclesiastical Court, of six clergy and five laity, elected by Diocesan Convention, hears complaints of misconduct when they are brought against clergy of the Diocese. For Ecclesiastical Court we will be electing two clergy and two laity for three-year terms: Nominated clergy are: Mark Cooke and Wey Camp. Nominated laity are: Wade Logan and Bill Lyles.

Provincial Council

    Each Diocese in ACNA is represented in the Provincial Council at annual synod by one bishop, one clergy and two lay members. The Provincial Council is the governing body of the ACNA and meets at least annually. For ACNA Provincial Council we will be electing one clergy plus one clergy alternate and two laity plus two lay alternates for five-year terms. Nominated clergy are: Craige Borrett,  Donnie McDaniels,  Shay Gaillard, Al Zadig. Nominated laity are: Alan Runyan,  Suzanne Schwank, Peter Rothermel, Boo Pennewill.

Provincial Assembly

    Each Diocese in ACNA is represented in the Provincial Assembly by its bishops, two clergy and two lay members, plus one additional clergy and lay member for every 1,000 in ASA over 1,000. The Assembly deliberates on matters concerning the faith and mission of the Church and meets at least once every five years. For ACNA Provincial Assembly we will be electing 10 clergy and 10 laity for one-year terms. Nominated clergy are: Craige Borrett, Tripp Jeffords, Ken Weldon, John Foster, David Thurlow, Karl Burns, Marcus Kaiser, Jim Workman, Hunter Jordan, Bob Lawrence. Nominated laity are: Karen Kusko, John Benson, Sue McDuffie, Alonso Galvan, Sam Dargan, Alan Runyan, Tom Wheeler, Gerry Graves, Laura Bowman, Jacob Graudin.

The Diocese of South Carolina is kicking off its 225th Annual Convention, which will be held at the Church of the Cross, Bluffton, by hosting a series of workshops on Friday, March 11 which are open to the public and which focus on reaching the community outside our church buildings  with the theme, “Beyond the Walls.”
Register for workshops here.

Grandparenting Mini-Conference

    The first offering of the day, beginning at 9 a.m. is a three-hour mini-conference on Grandparenting offered by Cavin Harper, founder and director of the Colorado Springs  based Christian Grandparenting Network.
    Does the Bible have anything to say about the roles of grandparents? Many grandparents today enter this role without any definitive understanding of what a grandparent is supposed to do. Few answers are provided by the Church, workshops, books or other resources, but that is changing. God has been building a movement of intentional, biblical grandparents who are committed to faithfully tell the next generations the truth about God and the Gospel so that they might know, love and serve Christ. That’s what this seminar is about. You will learn what God has to say about this new role many of us are discovering called grandparenting. And you will learn about some very powerful tools grandparents can use to impact the next generations for Christ. If you care about the hearts, minds and souls of your grandchildren, you will want to be part of this unique event. Note there is a $10 fee for this mini-conference.

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