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Annual Council 2019


Friday, November 22, 2019 at Edgar Wilson Convention Center, Macon

7:30 am

Check-in for name badge and voting ballots
Coffee and Light Breakfast (Ballroom A-B-C)

8:40 am

Pre-service music – Robert McDuffey Center for Strings-Mercer University (Exhibit Hall B)
9:00 am Holy Eucharist (Exhibit Hall B)
10:30 am Business Session (Exhibit Hall A)

Noon Lunch

1:00 pm Business Session (Exhibit Hall A)
3:30 pm Committee Meetings (Upper Level)
5:00 pm Service Project – Rise Against Hunger (Exhibit Hall B)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

8:00 am
Coffee and Light Breakfast (Ballroom A-B-C)
9:00 am Youth-led Worship (Exhibit Hall A)
Business Session (Exhibit Hall A)
Adjourn before lunch (Exhibit Hall A)


R19-1 Resolution Regarding Anti-discrimination

R19-2 Resolution to Celebrate and Recognize the 150th Anniversary of Appleton Episcopal Ministries

2018 Minutes

2018 Diocesan Council Minutes

2019 Minutes

2019 Diocesan Council Minutes

2020 Narrative Proposed Budget

Download Budget here.

View Nominees

Standing Committee
Elect one lay member and one priest member, each for a three-year term; no successive full terms permitted.


Karl Sachsenmaier | Verger, Cathedral of St. Philip

Been a member of St. Philip’s for 29 years. Seventeen years as a Verger and am co-chief Verger with Richard Perry. Eleven years as Chief Teller for Diocese Annual Council. Lay reader, intercessor. Treasurer of Mark Emory Graham Verger Chapter for 10 years – largest chapter in the US. On liturgy committee for 5 years, and chair of the acolyte Festival for 3 years.

Richard Shunnarah | Parishioner, Holy Innocents’, Atlanta

Previous, Confirmation Class Mentors Program
Previous, ESL Instructor
Previous, Youth Committee
Previous, Vestry
Member, Finance Committee
Previous Chair, Finance Committee
Member, Endowment Board
Chair, Endowment Board
Board Member, Episcopal Foundation For Middle & North GA
Treasurer, Episcopal Foundation For Middle & North GA

I would be honored to serve on the Standing Committee and feel prepared to take on this responsibility.


The Rev. Grady J. “Buddy” Crawford, Jr. | Senior Associate Rector, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta
I am passionate about walking with others in the way of Jesus. As a layperson I was an EFM Mentor, Verger, Adult/Youth Confirmation teacher, hospital visitor, Cathedral Chapter and Nominating Committee. After ordination serving St. Philip’s, St. Luke’s, and Holy Innocents overseeing worship, pastoral care, parish life events and adult formation.
Past: member of Diocesan Finance, Transition Committee.
Currently: the Board of the Foundation, faculty of Learning to Lead, a presenter for Community of Hope.

Ordained to the priesthood in 2007 and served as curate at St. Edwards in Lawrenceville, GA and became rector of Church of the Annunciation, Marietta, GA in 2009. A Camp Mikell alumni, and I have served as a lay person and clergy in the Cursillo, Happening and New Beginnings communities. Served on the Sex trafficking/human trafficking committee in 2008 for a 3 year term. Appointed in 2009 as diocesean preparedness coordinator for the diocese.

The Rev. Warren R Simmons | Rector, St. Aidans, Milton

Reginald is the Rector of St. Aidan’s in Milton, GA, situated in the North Fulton area. He serves on the Commission on Ministry and is a Board Member of North Fulton Community Charities. He has served churches in Washington, DC and Southport, NC as a curate and Assistant Rector, respectively. As a former Army Officer and a former Healthcare Sales Executive, he brings experience to share as a member of the Diocesan Standing Committee.

Deputies to General Convention


James C. Cartwright | Verger, Holy Spirit, Cumming

Verger-Fellow VGEC, Lay Chaplain – DFACS, Vestry 4 terms, EfM Mentor trained, member COHI
Lay Delegate to Annual Councils, Chorister with Holy Spirit. I have been an Episcopalian all my life, always been in one form of service or another with the church since HS. I bring proven leadership and vision to any endeavor that I take on, am a responsible husband, father, grandfather AMEN

Mary Caroline D. Cravens | Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta

I would love to represent this wonderful diocese and to use my legal skills and historical perspective for the Church!
Diocesan Standing Committee, 2019-present
Respite Care Atlanta Board (interfaith dementia-care program), 2017-present
Altar Guild-Co-chair, 2017-present
Parish Commission on Ministry, 2017-present
Cathedral Chapter (Jan2014-Dec2017), Senior Warden (2016&2017)
Ricks-Wheeler Fund Board (HIV/AIDS Service Grants), 2013-present
ECW Board, 2013-present
Cathedral Preschool Board 2011-present, Chair 2015&2016
Princeton AB, Johns Hopkins Ph.D (African & Latin American History), Vanderbilt JD

Derek Demmler | Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville

Clergy Spouse
Assisted with committee discussions on maternity leave policies for Diocese of Atlanta
Assisted with Young Adult Commission
Started Verger’s guild at two different parishes
Teacher at boarding school with international students from 50 nations
Worked on improving race relations with previous church
Observer at 73rd General Convention

Bruce Garner | Verger, All Saints’, Atlanta

Blessed to have “seasoning” of age and experience, and a youthful outlook/attitude stemming from experience at all levels of The Episcopal Church, having served on committees/commissions at parish/ diocesan/ provincial/ church-wide levels
35+ years nonprofit board governance experience
Lay Deputy: 2015 Convention; alternate 1994-2012 Conventions
Open heart and mind to what Holy Spirit has in mind for us: an eye on the future while honoring/respecting our past as we strive to become the beloved community.

LaFawn A. Gilliam | St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta

• Lay Deputy for the 79th General Convention, Austin, TX
• Member, Global Mission Commission
• Member, Advisory Board Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing
• Facilitator/trainer, Diocese’s Dismantling Racism training
• Diocesan 2018 pilgrim to Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast, Ghana
• Parishioner and choir member, St. Luke’s Atlanta – 21 years
• Member, St. Luke’s new Rector Search committee
• Member and facilitator, St. Luke’s Bridge Builders’ Ministry
• Education for Ministry graduate 2019
• B.S. Mississippi State University; M.A. Birmingham Southern College

Lindsey Hardegree | Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta

Executive Director, Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (May 2016-Present)
Outreach Co-Chair, ReviveATL
Member, Congregational Vitality Advisory Team
Member, Cathedral of St. Philip (2011-Present)
Current: Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Intercessor, Homeless Requiem, EfM Participant (2017-Present)
Member, Cathedral Chapter/Vestry (2015-2017)
Former: Grant Review Committee, The Farmer Fund; Chair, 20s30s Ministry
Nashotah House Theological Seminary – Master of Theological Studies & MDiv Equivalent, 2018
Fuller Theological Seminary – Certificate of Theology and the Arts, 2017

Tammy Pallot | St. Francis Episcopal Church, Macon

Diocese: Commission on Stewardship (Chair), Canon 20 Appeals Board, Sewanee Board of Trustees
St. Francis, Macon: Pastoral Care (Chair), Architectural Committee (Chair), Parish Administrator, Eucharistic Minister/Visitor, Lector, Intercessor, and member of Capital Campaign, Communications, Outreach, Parish Life, Hospitality, and Worship committees.
I attended General Convention in 2018 and LOVED every minute of it! I learned about the intricacies of the legislative process and would be honored to represent the Diocese of Atlanta as a Deputy.

Beth King | Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta

Seven years as a Dismantling Racism trainer. This Diocesan work has become a model throughout The Episcopal Church.
Volunteer, pastoral caregiver, Advisory Board member with Church of the Common Ground, a ministry with the homeless in downtown Atlanta.
2018- chaired Deputation to the 79th General Convention serving on the Legislative Committee for Racial Justice and Reconciliation.
I hope to continue this work by bringing my past GC experience and learning curve to Baltimore in 2021.

Angela Williamson | St. Martin in the Fields, Brookhaven

Experienced deputies “know the ropes” & have been on the GC journey. Please consider me for your vote.
– Five time deputy appointed three times to committees (Church Leadership, PB Confirmation, Ecumenical Relations).
– Diocese/parish: Standing Committee; Executive Comittee; Chair, Centennial; Mikell Board; Chair, Annual Council; Bishop Nominating Committee. Vestry; Stewardship Chair; Lay Reader.
– Other: EFM; Day1 trustee; Conferences: “An Anglican Covenant” & “Let Us Gather at the Table”; DuBose Lectures on Racial Reconciliation


The Rev. Roger D. Allen | Rector, St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta

Rector (2011-) of historic lively parish of traditional sacramental worship, great music, thriving youth/children’s programs, challenging adult formation, generous community involvement, Jubilee awarded preschool. Past co-chair/chair Commission on Ministry.
Georgia native. UGA, Tulane Law, Sewanee Theology graduate. Admiralty lawyer, New Orleans, 21 years. Louisiana: chaplain to two universities, priest-in-charge, coordinator of first diocesan response after Katrina. Alabama: rector, diocesan committees and appointments.
A voice respecting Holy Scripture, sacraments, BCP, apostolic succession, our vows and accountability.

The Very Rev. Sam G. Candler | Dean, Cathedral Parish of St. Philip, Atlanta

I love representing Atlanta at General Convention, especially in prayer and liturgy. I see Jesus in both conservatives and progressives, and I honor legislative process.
Raised in St. Paul’s, Newnan; Dean, St. Philip’s Cathedral since 1998. Served in Marietta, Cumming, in two other dioceses, and on many church-wide committees.
Have served in Convention eight times and guide faithful deputies. Chaired Convention Prayer Book Committee in 2006, 2009, and 2018. Elected Church Pension Fund board, 2018.

The Rev. Sarah Fisher | Rector, St. Catherine’s, Marietta

I find deep joy in walking with God’s people as we grow into the full stature of Christ.
Church work beyond St. Catherine’s:
Vice President of the Board of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship
Trainer with the The College for Congregational Development
Dean of the Marietta Convocation
Born and raised in Athens Georgia, I was baptized, confirmed and ordained in the Diocese of Atlanta.

The Rev. Lauren Holder | The Rev. Canon, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta

I am a church geek and community builder, and I would love to represent our diocese at General Convention!
Diocese: Standing Committee.
Church: Canon for Community and Education, supporting Outreach, Congregational Life, and Children, Youth & Family Ministries. Previously served as clergy at St. Luke’s, Atlanta and Trinity Wall Street, New York.
Atlanta: Serve on Boards of The Boyce L. Ansley School for children experiencing homelessness, Ahava Early Learning Center and Crossroads Community Ministries.

The Venerable Carole Maddux | Archdeacon, Diocese of Atlanta

I have experience in advocacy, leadership, and policy in addition to a lifelong love of the Episcopal Church, Her people, and God’s mission in the world. Familiar with parish life as well as diocesan and the broader church.
Archdeacon since 2011; Member of Commission on Ministry since 2015; Board member of the Association for Episcopal Deacons; Founder and Executive Director of the Georgia Interfaith Public Policy Center.

The Rev. Monica Mainwaring | Rector, St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, Atlanta

Monica currently serves as Rector of St. Martin in the Fields, a parish with a school and significant outreach, and she is on the Global Mission Commission of the Diocese. She previously served as Vicar of Church of the Common Ground and hosted the national conference of the consortium of street ministries in Atlanta. Locally and globally engaging in mission is her passion, and her broad experience and curiosity is well suited for General Convention.

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park | Senior Associate Rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville

My ministry focuses on prayer practices that ground personal and communal faith; neuro-linguistic research that informs biblical translations and interpretations; creating safe settings for the quieter voices to be heard in our common life; recovery of theology of suffering to produce resilience and increase capacity to live life. Served last GC I served as an alternate and as first-timer, learning the particular culture of GC; ready for more.

The Rev. Warren R Simmons | Rector, St. Aidan’s, Milton

Reginald is the Rector of St. Aidan’s in Milton, GA, a thriving parish situated in the North Fulton area, that includes a lively Preschool. Reginald currently serves on the Commission on Ministry, Board Member of North Fulton Community Charities, Executive Director of Boy Scout Troup #149, and has completed the Dismantling Racism Course offered at the Absalom Jones Center of Racial Healing. He has served churches in Washington, DC and Southport, NC as a curate and Assistant Rector, respectively. As a former Army Officer and a former Healthcare Sales Executive, Reginald brings experience, of which, he would be honored to share as your Deputy with the Greater Episcopal Church at General Convention.

>Board of Governors, Mikell Camp & Conference Center

Elect two governors, lay or clerical, for a three-year term; no consecutive full terms.

Elaine Morgan | Communications Director, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta

Mikell camper 1972-1979. Summer staffer 1980-1983. Regular Guest Camp Attendee and recent Intermediate camp Deans Staff member. Lifelong and active member of Holy Innocents’ including youth advisor, capital campaign and stewardship committees; vestry and sr. warden and recent search committee member for the Rev. Bill Murray. Career includes healthcare marketing with focus on writing, campaign development and management, and graphic design. Currently handling preschool -8th school communications and marketing. Mikell steering committee member. Love wins!

Michael Smith | Christ Church, Macon

Many years as Mikell camper
-5 years as counselor
-3 years Summer Staff
-3 years Dean Staff
-5 years as Public School Teacher and Coach

Willing and eager to serve this community.

Trustee for Sewanee: The University of the South

The Rev. Bonnie Underwood has served as the Priest-in-Charge at All Saints Warner Robins since November 2018. Mother Bonnie is a life-long Episcopalian, with a B.A. in Computer Science from The University of Texas, Austin and a Master of Divinity from The School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

Prior to All Saints, she had served as Associate Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Cumming, Georgia since 2015. Mother Bonnie’s ordination to the ministry followed a diverse business career included 20+ years as an executive at ADP, a Fortune 500 company; experience as a small business owner; and service in the United States Marine Corps as both an officer and enlisted Marine. Bonnie enjoys reading, movies, and travel with her husband Jess, especially spending time with their 6 adult children and 4 grandchildren.