The 217th Annual Diocesan Convention 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

at Waterville Valley Resort Conference Center

56 Packard’s Road, Waterville Valley, NH


It’s time to register for Convention! Please register by clicking the button below. Read and follow registration instructions carefully. If you have any questions, please contact AshleyJane at Diocesan House.

Lunch Options: Sandwiches are pre-made and come with vegan soup/salad, chips, and a beverage. Any of these sandwiches below can be made gluten-free - please be sure to note that under dietary restrictions.

Vegan Veggie Wrap, Turkey Sandwich, Ham Sandwich, Roast Beef Sandwich. There is also a “NO lunch” option.


The 2019 Pre-Convention Journal is now available. Click here to read or download the pdf document. Clicking on an item in the Table of Contents (e.g., Commission on Ministry Report) will take you directly to that item. We encourage all clergy and lay delegates to review this document, which includes bios on all the nominees who are up for election, reports from diocesan commissions and convocations, the text of seven resolutions that will be voted upon, and a helpful reminder of the rules of order that are followed at Convention.

Accommodations for the Night before Convention

A block of rooms has been reserved for Friday, November 8th at the Valley Inn in Waterville. Please call (603) 236-8425 and mention "Episcopal Church of New Hampshire" to reserve a room. There are lots of other lodging options in the greater Waterville Valley area as well, click here for more information regarding alternative accommodations. If you are staying overnight, let us know. We may organize an information meet up on Friday night.

Schedule for Convention - Saturday, November 9

7:45 am   Registration opens and Continental Breakfast available

8:45          Registration Closes

9:00          Convention Call to Order and Establishment of a Quorum

9:15          Holy Eucharist with the Bishop’s Address

10:45        Break

11:00        Nominations for Secretary and Chancellor

Acceptance of Convention Reports and Rules of Order

11:10        Bishop’s Report since last Convention

11:30        Nominations and Balloting for Treasurer, Standing Committee,

Finance Committee, General Convention and Provincial Synod

12:00 pm Lunch served downstairs in the White Mountain Room

1:00           Consideration of Resolutions

3:00           Courtesy Resolutions

3:15           Dismissal

Important Information for Delegates

Click HERE for the 2019 Delegation Change Form.

If your convention Registrar is registering a person as a delegate for convention who was not previously certified as a delegate or an alternate, you need to complete this Delegation Change Form.

If there has been a change in your delegation from that reported to the Secretary of Convention on the Certification of Delegates and Alternates Form included with the 2018 parochial report in the spring of this year, please complete, sign, and return this form no later than October 25th to the address provided on the form.

To report changes in your delegation occurring after Oct. 25th, present this form at the Credentials Table the day of Convention.

Click HERE for the Lay Delegate Handbook.

Click HERE for Convention Rules of Order.

Click HERE for Guidelines for Creating Resolutions.

Click HERE for Guidelines for Submitting Amendments to Resolutions.

2019 Elections

The following elections will take place at this year’s Convention. Below please find a list of those who are currently serving. Names, photos, and personal statements of those nominated for election at this year’s Convention can be found in the Pre-Convention Joural here.

Treasurer of Convention (1 yr term) Elected at convention by ballot

Currently serving: Chris Porter (since 2012)

Chancellor of Convention (2 yr term) Nominated at Convention, card vote

Currently serving: Bob Wells (since 1996)

Registrar (no term) Elected at Convention by ballot

Currently serving: Elizabeth Rotch (elected in 2015)

Standing Committee Clerical Order (3 yr term) Elected at Convention by ballot

Currently serving: The Rev. Rob Stevens, first term ends in 2019 (President)

The Rev. Guy Collins, second term ends in 2020

The Rev. Kate Atkinson, first term ends in 2021

Standing Committee Lay Order (3 yr term) Elected at Convention by ballot

Currently serving: Bob Cotton, first term ends in 2019

Margaret Porter, second term ends in 2020

Joan Alayne Stevens, first term ends in 2021

Council Finance Committee (3 year term) Elected at Convention by ballot

Currently serving: Kim Bock, second term ends in 2019

Jack Lewis, second term ends in 2020

The Rev. Curtis Metzger, second term ends in 2021

Gloria Gallant, appointed by Council

Vacancy, appointed by Council

Bill Sloane, elected by Trustees

Deputies to the Provincial Synod: Elect two in each order (1 deputy, 1 alternate) to serve 3 year terms

Currently serving through 2019:

Clerical Order: The Rev. Gail Avery

Lay Order: Eleanor Vanderhaegen

General Convention Deputies: Elect 8 in each order (4 deputies 4 alternates) to serve 3 year terms

Currently serving through 2019:

Clerical Order: Kate Atkinson, Gail Avery, Richard Davenport, Sue Poulin. Alternates: Janet Lombardo, Kelly Sundberg Seaman, Jason Wells

Lay Order: Benge Ambrogi, Sarah Ambrogi, Gloria Gallant, Margaret Porter. Alternates: Marti Hunt, Yvonne Jenkins, Rita MacAuslan

The 216th Annual Diocesan Convention

held at Christ Church, Exeter, on Saturday, November 3, 2018

Click HERE to read text of Bishop Hirschfeld’s 2018 Convention Address.

Click HERE to view the Pre-Convention Journal for the 216th Annual Convention in its entirety or click on one of the links below to view a specific part of the Journal:

Nominations for Election

Resolutions (including budget narrative)

Bishop's Official Acts Report

Convocation Reports

Commission and Committee Reports

Parish Report Summary 2017

Seasonal Chapel Report 2017

Trustees Report 2017


Photos from the 216th

Annual Diocesan Convention Convention

ChIPS 2019

The ChIPs (Children of Incarcerated Persons) program helps New Hampshire inmates and the children in their lives by collecting donations of toys and books.

ChIPS relies on your contributions of gift cards and toys which you can bring to your church. Your convention delegates will collect them and deliver them to the ChIPS truck at Convention. For more information about incarceration and the ChIPS program, as well as instructions for what and how to donate, please click here.

Thanks to Maggie Mackie-Ciancio of Church of the Transfiguration in Derry for her long leadership of this faithful ministry. For more information about ChIPS, please contact Maggie at