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An Ordered Church

The bishop, elected by convention, is the head of the diocese and is the ecclesiastical authority. She oversees and guides it in combination with the convention, the standing committee and the executive council. The rules and by-laws governing the diocese are known as the Diocesan Constitution and Canons.

Constitution & Canons

The rules and by-laws that govern our diocese are known as its Constitution and Canons. The Constitution is a relatively brief document which establishes the overall framework of our governance. The Canons fill out those rules in more specific detail.

Click here to download the Constitution and Canons 2022.

Executive Council

In its organizational life, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is constituted as a California nonprofit corporation. According to law, the board of directors of the diocesan executive council is the body which holds the authority to conduct the official business of the diocese, including controlling its property and exercising all other powers named in the organization’s articles of incorporation and by-laws.


The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Chair
Mr. David Bagley, Chancellor
The Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch, Canon to the Ordinary
The Rev. Brian Johnson, Secretary to Convention
The Rev. Canon Jeff Martinhauk, Treasurer
Canon Jason Evans, Staff Support

November 2024 Term
The Rev. Carlos Exposito, All Saints’, San Diego
Ms. Judy Cater, Holy Cross, Carlsbad
Dr. Ward Fleri, Good Samaritan, San Diego
Mr. Patrick Grannan, St. Barnabas, Borrego Springs

November 2025 Term
The Rev. Regan Schutz, Christ Church, Coronado
Ms. Diane Lopez Hughes, St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego

LR Sydney Breeze Lowe, Trinity, Escondido

November 2026 Term
The Rev. Brenda Sol, St. Andrew’s, Encinitas
Ms. Cynde Durnford-Branecki, Grace Episcopal, San Marcos
Ms. Lori Thiel, St. James, La Jolla

November 2027 Term
The Rev. Canon Richard Hogue, St. Paul’s Cathedral
Ms. Mae Chao, Holy Cross, Carlsbad
Mr. Jamie Glorieux, Christ Church, Coronado

Standing Committee

The standing committee is a unique feature of organizational life in the Episcopal Church and exercises significant authority, ranging from granting consent to candidates for ordination to offering general advice to the bishop. The standing committee is composed of eight members: four clergy and four laity.


Ms. Pat Carson, president

The Very Rev. Penny Bridges, St. Paul’s Cathedral
Ms. Judy Brown, St. Alban’s, El Cajon

The Rev. Paul Carmona
Ms. Jen Jow, St. Paul’s Cathedral

The Rev. Janine Schenone, Good Samaritan, UTC
Ms. Patricia Carson, St. Peter’s, Del Mar

The Rev. Michael Killpatrick, All Souls, Point Loma
Mr. Dennis Landaal, St. Dunstan’s, San Diego

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