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The Diocesan chaplains are appointed by the Bishop to serve in pastoral ministry to retired clergy, spouses/partners, and surviving spouses. The goals of this ministry, facilitated by the Church Pension Group Pastoral Care Department, are:

  • To help foster a sense of connection among members of the retired clergy group through pastoral outreach (visits, telephone contact, and correspondence).
  • To offer periodic gatherings (in-person and virtual) as times for learning, connection with the Bishop, social networking, and worship together.
  • To share information and resources among the Bishop and staff, Clergy Pension Group, and retired clergy households across the diocese, and assist in maintaining current contact information.
  • To network with other chaplains in Province VIII and across the Episcopal Church to share best practices and new developments.

In 2021, our chaplains team:

  • Added two new members and continued to organize and develop goals as a newly-formed team.
  • Corresponded periodically with all retired clergy and spouses/partners on record across the diocese.
  • Provided direct pastoral response and follow-up as indicated.
  • Created and facilitated three virtual programs for retired clergy and spouses/partners to meet new retired colleagues, hear updates from Bishop Rickel, learn new information, engage in mutual support and prayer.
  • Participated in continuing education and networking activities with other chaplains from Province VIII and across the Episcopal Church.
  • Helped facilitate orientation and transition to new the Group Medicare Advantage Plan with CPG staff.
  • Updated retirees’ contact information for Diocesan and CPG records.

For 2022 and beyond:

  • Continue building relationships with and among retired clergy and spouses/partners across the Diocese, with particular attention to support for surviving spouses and those transitioning into retirement.
  • Provide opportunities to gather virtually — and when possible, to gather in-person regionally — for education and information sharing, mutual support, prayer, and input to the chaplains team.
  • Continue to be a conduit between the Bishop, diocesan staff, CPG staff and the retired clergy community of this Diocese.
  • Invite 1-3 additional chaplains (lay or clergy) to join this team.
  • Explore ways to share the wisdom, experience, and spiritual gifts of retired clergy and spouses/partners with the rest of the Diocese.
  • Develop awareness and relationships with congregational clergy regarding the chaplains’ function and goals in serving retired clergy households.

All inquires should be directed to the Rev. Edie Weller at

Chaplain Team:

  • The Rev Robert Dunn; St. Aidan’s, Camano Island | Chaplain for Whatcom, Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties
  • The Rev. Kate Kinney; Grace, Bainbridge Island | Chaplain for Clallam, Jefferson & Mason Counties
  • The Rev. Dick Loop; St. Peter’s, Seaview | Chaplain for Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Pacific, Wahkiakum & Grays Harbor Counties
  • Ms. Marilyn Loop; St. Peter’s, Seaview | Chaplain for Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Wahkiakum, Pacific & Grays Harbor Counties
  • The Most Rev Melissa Skelton: Bishop and Representative
  • The Rev. Edie Weller; Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | Coordinator of Chaplains Team and Chaplain for Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap Counties