Ministry Support Team

Several members of the Ministry Support Team work in offices either in their homes or other than the Diocesan Office. Their numbers are listed. In addition, all members of the team may be reached through the Diocesan Office numbers: 802-863-3431, or toll free from within Vermont, 800-286-3437 plus their extension number listed.

The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont

5 Rock Point Rd, Burlington, VT 05408

(O) 863-3431, ext 102

Greetings: It is my joy to serve as Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. My responsibilities include oversight of the 48 congregations of the Episcopal Church throughout the State of Vermont. I work with a talented group of clergy and lay leaders who are part of the Diocesan Ministry Support Team to support our congregations and our many local and global ministries. I also am privileged to work with lay and ordained leaders throughout Vermont who share in the governance and mission of the Episcopal Church in Vermont and beyond.

Email Tom

 

Susan Kemer, Bishop's Assistant

Julie Giguere, Financial Administrator

5 Rock Point Rd, Burlington, VT 05408

802-863-3431

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Julie Giguere, Financial Administrator

5 Rock Point Rd, Burlington, VT 05408

802-863-3431

- See more at: http://diovermont.org/Ministry-Support-Team/#sthash.atDwWrFE.dpuf

Susan Kremer
Bishop's Assistant
5 Rock Point Rd, Burlington, VT 05408
802-863-3431 ext 101

 

Susan Kremer has joined the diocesan Ministry Support Team at Rock Point as the new Bishop's Assistant.  This is a part-time position. Susan works directly with the Bishop in the various aspects of his ministry and is the primary point of contact for matters related to the bishop's calendar and areas of responsibility.  Her email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and can be reached by phone at 863-3431 Extension 101.

 

Susan spent ten years at Trinity Church in Shelburne as Assistant to the Rector under the Rev. Craig Smith.  During that time she also had the pleasure of working with the Rev. Carole Wageman who joined the Trinity staff shortly after she did. In addition to assisting to the Rectors, her role evolved over the years to include bookkeeper, office manager, events planner, buildings and grounds overseer and assistant to many Vestry and committee members at Trinity. Susan left Trinity Church in 2012 to move to New York state. Fortunately, her heart and soul remained in Vermont and she and her husband, Charlie, were thrilled to move back to Burlington last spring. Please welcome and support Susan in her new ministry.

Julie GiguereJulie Giguere, Financial Administrator

5 Rock Point Rd, Burlington, VT 05408

802-863-3431 ext 103

Email Julie

 

 

DMST Narrative for the Ministry Areas of the 2013 Budget

The Diocesan Ministry Support Team engages the mission priorities of the Episcopal Church in Vermont with respect to the unique gifts and skills each Team member brings. The Strategic Plan for Growth and Ministry, the Special Convention 2011, and now the conversations during the 2012 Budget Summit and the work of the Budget and Finance Committee help to shape the conversation and direction of our ministries.

The six ministry areas (see below) identified by the Budget and Finance Committee as a result of recent surveys and the Budget Summit offer a helpful resource for us to frame our work as a Ministry Support Team (MST). The following describes how the MST members understand these six ministry areas and what responsibilities, activities, and type of work are encompassed by each and acknowledge that much of our work falls into more than one area. The chart on the final page shows the breakdown of each Team member’s time within each ministry area.

The Six Ministry Areas

Support of Congregations: We believe the work of the MST is first and foremost directed toward support of congregations. Although identified as one of the six ministry areas by the Budget and Finance Committee, this one area is the overarching ministry priority for the MST, and we see the other five ministry areas flowing from this ministry of support.

Formation: the process through which Christians deepen our understanding and practice of following Jesus;

Communication: activities that facilitate the exchange of information related to God’s ongoing work in the world;

Rock Point: a 130-acre resource for current and future ministries of the Episcopal Church in Vermont;

Bishop’s Office and Wider Episcopal Church: the nexus of our local and global relationships as The Episcopal Church;

Outreach: acts of compassion, mercy, justice, and peace that promote the dignity of all creation and all that is in it.

Our Understanding of the Ministry Areas

Formation: the process and experience through which we shape and develop our understanding and practice of following Jesus. In our work, we create, offer, and support a wide variety of opportunities to gather, share, study, reflect, learn, and grow. These opportunities range from the Ministry Expo and Ministry Fairs to Partners for Sacred Places and missio:Engage!; from 2ndT@2 and the Holy Tuesday Quiet Day for clergy to Vestry Orientation and Generosity Generators for lay leaders. Support for Education for Ministry groups and the Budget Summits and Capital Campaign Discernment—all are formational opportunities that require a substantial time commitment. For example, 65% of Angie’s time and 50% of Susan’s time are concentrated in this area. Overall, 21.5% of the Team’s time is devoted to this ministry area.

Communication: an exchange of information related to God’s ongoing work in the world. Not surprisingly, 70% of Anne’s time is focused in this area; however, two part-time administrative assistants, Iris and Josh, also spend the majority of their time (60%) creating and supporting the transfer of information between congregations, from one region to another, to and from the wider church, and more. Members of the Team work in person, on the telephone and on email, via web conferences, website, and FaceBook, to share ideas and information and support the ministry of people in Vermont and beyond. Overall, 27.5 % of the Team’s total time is devoted to this ministry area.

Rock Point: 130-acre resource for current and future ministries of TEC. Ministries in this area include the solar farm, community garden, hiking trails, hospitality, Rock Point Summer Camp, Bishop Booth Conference Center, Rock Point School, and exploring future relationships and partners. Not surprisingly, at least 80% of the work done by Chuck, the Rock Point Property Manager, is concentrated in these ministries. Overall, 11% of the Team’s time is devoted to this ministry area.

Wider Church and the Bishop’s Office: nexus of our local and global relationships as The Episcopal Church. Of the five areas identified, the largest portion of Team members’ time is spent on growing and strengthening the connections between local congregations and the wider church. Approximately 50% of the Bishop’s time is centered in this area. This ministry area is also where some administrative Team members (Linny, Elizabeth, and Julie) focus most of their time: Linny at 70%, Julie and Elizabeth at 60%, for example. The activities in this area include the administration of diocesan grant programs, Bishop’s visits to congregations, relationships with the Standing Committee, the Trustees and the Unit Fund, administration and finance assistance to congregations, and assistance to congregations in transition. Overall, 37.5% of the Team’s total time is devoted to this ministry area.

Outreach: acts of compassion, mercy, justice and peace to promote the dignity of all creation. Within this ministry portfolio is our work with Earth Stewards, Camp Agape, Kids4Peace, Brookhaven, Congregational Support & Resources Committee, the Irene Recovery Efforts, and work with El Salvador and Cristosal. Overall, 2.5% of the Team’s time is devoted to this ministry area.

Responsibilities, Activities, and Type of Work

Support of Congregations: Events/resources/responses to requests for information, networking and connecting. All other work, in detail, is below.

Formation Ministry Expo, Ministry Fairs, Convention, Budget Summit, Diocesan and Congregation Mutual Ministry Reviews, vestry/congregational retreats, workshops, preach, teach, discernment during transition, Covenant Group formation, stewardship education, Companion training, public statements, 2ndT@2, clergy gatherings, conflict transformation, Baptismal Ministry development, missio: Engage!, Partners for Sacred Places, stewardship of buildings, COM, written communication, written/created resources, written communications, Capital Campaign Discernment Committee, Episcopal Church Foundation, Annual Appeal, planned giving, budget development.

Communication E-news, email, phone calls, FaceBook, web conferences, stewardship newsletter (Church Post), website, press releases, archival and historic publications and resources, meetings/presence, oral communication, networking and connecting, reading congregations’ newsletters, electronic/paper info from congregations, on-site work, Bishop’s visits, promoting use of social media.

Rock Point Solar Farm, Bishop Booth Conference Center (BBCC), Rock Point Summer Camps, Rock Point School, community gardens, hiking trails, hospitality, welcoming outside groups, meeting place, Bishop’s House, Diocesan Office, Rock Point Board, supervision and oversight, Trustees.

Wider Church and Bishop’s Office Bishop’s visits to congregations, Ministry Development Group (colleague) meetings, Diocesan Council, Northeast Kingdom Mission Conversation, Standing Committee, Trustees, Historiographer, Unit Fund, House of Bishops, General Convention, Province One Synod/bishops/colleague network/ministries, Bishops Executive Secretaries Working Together, Episcopal Business Administration Conference, The Episcopal Stewardship Network, Living Stones, parochial reports, Oversight and Audit, Bishop Butterfield Loan, Congregational Support & Resources, Transition Ministry Network, VT Ecumenical Council, NE Ecumenical Stewardship Council, Title IV, Safe Church, Chancellor, Canons, licensing clergy and lay ministries, International Symposium on Baptismal Ministry, Episcopal Divinity School, Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music, diocesan convention, database, annual appeal, health insurance, treasurers training and support, information requests, event registration, administrative and finance support, grants, disaster planning and response, pastoral support, marriage judgment, conflict mediation, Episcopal Church Building Fund, Episcopal Church Foundation.

Outreach Solar Farm, Earth Stewards, Congregational Support & Resources, Camp Agape and Kids4Peace, Brookhaven School, Episcopal Relief & Development, United Thank Offering, Vermont Interfaith Action, public statements, Haiti, El Salvador and Cristosal, refugees, Irene response and recovery ministries, Bishops Working for Just World, TEC Public Policy Network, members of Congress, anti-racism.

Formation

Communication

Rock Point

Bishop’s Office & Wider Church

Outreach

Tom

25 %

10

10

50

5

Lynn

30

15

10

40

5

Julie

5

20

10

60

5

Linny

0

30

0

70

0

Josh/Iris

0

60

10

30

0

Angie

65

20

0

15

0

Susan

50

30

0

20

0

Anne

10

70

0

20

0

Elizabeth

20

20

0

60

0

Chuck

10

0

80

0

10

% of total time

21.5

27.5

12

36.5

2.5

Salary & benefits $

148,721

190,225

83,007

252480

17,293

NB: figures above include RP Property Manager. Salary and benefits calculated using 2012 total figure of $691,726.

Presented by the Ministry Development Group, Diocesan Ministry Support Team, August 2012

Lynn BatesLynn Bates, Canon to the Ordinary and Transition Minister

5 Rock Point Road, Burlington, VT 05408

802-863-3431 x105

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Working with our Bishop, the other members of the diocesan Ministry Support Team, and the people of Vermont is a joy. My ministry in Vermont's Episcopal Church is a labor of love. The days are full as I respond to questions and concerns from church leaders, connect with congregations seeking new clergy partnership and clergy discerning a new ministry for themselves, provide oversight of diocesan administration, work closely with Diocesan Council and other leadership bodies, oversee our Safe Church program, receive and respond to Title IV disciplinary matters, meet with clergy new to our diocese and those serving in interim positions, provide coaching and facilitation in times of conflict.... No two days are ever the same! 

 

Susan OhlidalSusan Ohlidal, Canon for Ministry Development

25 Ridgewood Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

(Home Office) 802-748-8755 
(Diocesan Office) 802-863-3431, ext 202

I am on sabbatical April 1—June 20. During this time of sabbath, I hope you will join with me in prayers for our congregations, the Church in Vermont, and our many ministries. Please contact Canon Lynn Bates if you need assistance while I am away. I look forward to re-connecting with you all in June and learning what has been emerging and developing as you continue to follow the Spirit.

Exciting times! It is my privilege to serve with congregational leaders as they discern and answer God’s call to be the church now and in future, to witness what is emerging, and to support both the mission and ministries of our Church in Vermont and the wider Episcopal Church. Ministry development is rooted in the theological principles found in the Baptismal Covenant. My work is to encourage and support a shared ministry for mission that calls all baptized Christians to be ministers of God’s reconciling love in the world. You can find me riding the roads and the tech waves throughout all of Vermont and beyond. Home base for ministry and play is in St. Johnsbury in the Northeast Kingdom.

Email Susan

Elizabeth AllisonElizabeth Allison, Historiographer and Registrar

5 Rock Point Road, Burlington, VT 05408-2735

(O) 863-3431, ext 107

Email Elizabeth

 

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