rejoice in the Lord always

Friday, Nov. 14

5 p.m.
Convention Eucharist
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
917 Lamar Street
Fort Worth

6:30 p.m.
Reception and Dinner
Ridglea Country Club
3700 Bernie Anderson Avenue

Saturday, Nov. 15

7:30 a.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Center
Round-Up Inn
registration begins

8:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer
on the convention floor

9 a.m.
Business Meeting begins


at the completion
of all business

Deanery Meetings page

Elections (positions open)



Nominees for
Diocesan Office

Online meal reservations are closed

Call 817-244-2885 to
make last-minute changes.




Standing Rules of Order

Convention Wrap-up


Oct. 7
7 p.m. Fort Worth East Deanery meeting
Iglesia San Miguel

Oct. 12
4 p.m. Western Deanery meeting
St. Luke’s, Mineral Wells

Oct. 13
6:45 p.m. Eastern Deanery meeting
St. Peter & St. Paul, Arlington

Oct. 14
6 p.m. Northern Deanery meeting
Good Shepherd, Wichita Falls

Oct. 16
7 p.m. Southern Deanery meeting
Good Shepherd, Granbury

Oct. 23
7 p.m. Fort Worth West Deanery meeting
St. Anne’s, Fort Worth

Oct. 24
Hotel rate offer expires

Oct. 31
Necrology reports due

Nov. 7
Deadline to reserve convention meals





A kilted piper greeted clergy and delegates as they gathered Friday, Nov. 14, at dusk for worship at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. The day was the 230th anniversary of the consecration of Samuel Seabury, the first American bishop, in a chapel in Aberdeen, Scotland. Our assisting bishop, the Rt. Rev. William Wantland, preached a heartfelt sermon on Seabury’s life and witness, as well as the charge laid on all Christians to consider their lives an examination that will be graded in heaven.

A long slate of candidates for elective office awaited the voting members on the following morning during the business meeting at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Those elected were:

Standing Committee
Clerical Order
Lay Order
Fr. Sergio Diaz Rod Barber
Ecclesiastical Trial Court
Fr. Timothy Matkin Mack Wood
Delegate to
Extra-Diocesan Synod
(ACNA Assembly)
Fr. Chris Culpepper Judy Mayo
Fr. Andrew Petta Debbie Petta
Dean Ryan Reed Walter Virden III
Alternate to
Extra-Diocesan Synod
(ACNA Assembly)
Fr. Tom Hightower Gerald Gregory
Fr. Kingsley Kristy Leaseburg
Fr. David Klein Dr. Frank Salazar

Youth Delegate
to Extra-Diocesan Synod
(ACNA Assembly)
Sinai Diaz Sydney Shields
Joseph Francis III Danielle Thomas
Luke Henry Elizabeth Waters

Canon Sergio DiazIn other business of the convention, Christ Church in Waco was admitted as the newest mission congregation of the diocese, and Fr. Sergio Diaz was proclaimed Canon for Hispanic Ministry by Bishop Iker.

Fr. Hannex KamenyahFr. Hannex Kamenyah, evangelism officer of the Diocese of Northern Malawi, gave a good-humored report on his visit to the diocese (to study the Alpha Course) and all that has happened to him here since August – including a slight expansion of his waistline.

Fr. Scott Wilson used the convention’s theme, Rejoice in the Lord Always, in a rousing talk on the TELET course, which trains lay people to share their faith. Youth Animator Megan Pearce, the newest member of the Bishop’s staff, spoke about her vision for working with parishes on building youth ministry. Our campus chaplains reported on the activity among students at TCU, UTA, Baylor University and Texas A&M.

Clergy and delegates passed a $1.75 million balanced budget and assessment schedule for ministry in 2015.

Donna and Bishop IkerThe meeting concluded with courtesy resolutions, including a tribute to the Bishop and Donna Iker, who have labored together in service to the Lord for more than four decades. Among other expressions of greeting and thanks, the convention remembered Dr. Martha Pope and Archbishop Foley Beach.




Convention begins with
Eucharist at 5 p.m.,
Friday, Nov. 14,
at St. Andrew’s Church
in downtown Fort Worth

Clergy: Vest and process
in cassock, surplice,
and white stole

Read the Bishop’s Address


Christ Church in Waco
See you next year at St. Vincent’s Cathedral!




Oct. 1: Nominations, resolutions, budget materials, and meals form
will be posted here