Diocesan Council

The Diocesan Council is a representative governing body that meets regularly to conduct business of the diocese between Diocesan Conventions.  This includes:

  • Ensuring sound fiscal management and practices
  • Supporting and reviewing diocesan ministries
  • Other duties as requested by the bishop or the Diocesan Convention

Diocesan Council membership:

  • The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop
  • The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan
  • The Rev. Stephen O. Voysey, Treasurer
  • Sister Kristina Frances, SSM, Secretary
  • Elected from each deanery:  one lay and one clerical member
  • Six members appointed by the bishop
  • Two representatives of the Diocesan Youth Council
  • One representative of the Cathedral Chapter

Ex officio members:

  • The Rev. Tom Ferguson and Jane Redmont, Ecumenical Officers
  • Gerry Sullivan, Assistant Treasurer
  • Lynn Smith, Registrar-Historiographer 
  • Chelsea Smith, Assistant Secretary 

A summary of Diocesan Council actions is published in the monthly FYI news bulletin, posted here.

The current membership roster and meeting schedule are attached below as PDFs.

Staff Contact:  Chelsea Smith, Assistant for Governance and Administration at 617-482-4826, ext. 406 or csmith@diomass.org.

Committees of Council 

Executive Committee

Executive Committee membership is made up of the bishop and not fewer than three members of the Diocesan Council, chosen by a vote of the council at its January meeting. The Executive Committee exercises authority of the Diocesan Council between meetings, except final approval of the diocesan budget. 

Assessment Coordinating Committee

The Assessment Coordinating Committee is charged with reviewing and granting petitions from congregations related to special circumstances which indicate a reason for reduction in the congregation’s assessment. The total amount allocated for reduction is set by the Diocesan Council.  More information about assessments is available here.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee reviews the diocesan audit and management letter prepared by the outside auditor. The committee presents the audit to the Diocesan Council for approval.

Budget Committee

The Budget Committee is made up of both members of Council and others. The committee works with the diocesan treasurer in developing the annual budget and in collaboration with the bishops, diocesan staff and other committees. The budget is presented to the Diocesan Council for review and recommendation to Diocesan Convention, no later than the September Council meeting.  

Compensation and Benefits Committee

The Compensation and Benefits Committee is responsible for proposing guidelines to promote uniform, fair and equitable compensation and benefits for lay and clergy employees within the diocese. The proposed Total Clergy Compensation (TCC) formula is voted by Diocesan Convention annually. 

Diocesan Loan Committee

The Diocesan Loan Committee oversees the distribution of funds to congregations for capital improvements to church-owned property. The committee reviews loan applications, decides on fund distribution and monitors repayment.

Financial Advisory Committee

The Financial Advisory Committee oversees the investments, income, spending policy and business affairs of the diocese. The committee reports to the Diocesan Council through the treasurer.

Mission Initiatives Committee

The Mission Initiatives Committee (formerly the Strategic Ministries Committee) evaluates current mission initiatives and works with the Budget Committee and diocesan staff to recommend levels of funding for these mission initiatives.  The committee also exists to encourage new initiatives and to help fund these ministries when appropriate and possible.