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The Standing Committee serves as a council of advice for the bishop and becomes the diocesan ecclesiastical authority in the bishop’s absence. It makes decisions about the sale, encumbrance or disposal of real property belonging to Parishes of the Diocese. It interviews and makes recommendations to the bishop on candidates for Holy Orders, and the consent of the Standing Committee is required for ordination. The Standing Committee also gives or withholds consent to the election of bishops throughout the church and has Judicial responsibilities in the case of clergy misconduct where the clergy or the complainant does not accept the adjudication of the bishop. By canon, no two members of the Standing Committee may be from the same congregation.


The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel | Bishop Diocesan

Deede Woods | Our Saviour, Monroe – Commission on Ministry Liaison (2018)

The Rev. Alfredo Feregrino | Our Lady of Guadalupe, Renton (2019)

Karen Casey | Grace Church, Bainbridge Island – President (2019)

The Rev. Helen McPeak | St. Paul, Mt. Vernon (2020)

Jim Beckwith | St. Paul, Bellingham – Joint Finance Panel Liaison (2020)

The Rev. Steve Danzey | Good Samaritan, Sammamish – Secretary (2021)

The Rev. Arienne Davison | St. Bede, Port Orchard (2021)

Roberta Newell | St. Mary, Lakewood (2021)


Diocesan Staff Contact

April Caballero

Executive Assistant


The Rev. Canon Marda Steedman Sanborn

Canon to the Ordinary