Standing Committee

Membership: There shall be a Standing Committee composed of three canonically resident members of the clergy in good standing and three lay persons who are adult communicants in good standing in their respective congregations and are confirmed or received in The Episcopal Church.

Convention shall elect, at its annual session, one clergy and one lay member to serve terms of three years. No person, clergy or lay, who has served six consecutive years on the Standing Committee is eligible for re-election until at least one year has elapsed.

Officers: As soon as possible following an annual session of Convention members of the Standing Committee shall meet to choose a president and a secretary.

To advise the bishop:  The Standing Committee shall be a council of advice to the bishop. It shall meet at the request of the bishop or the president or any four members of the Standing Committee.

Vacancy in the episcopate: In case of a vacancy in the episcopate, the Standing Committee is the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese, except as otherwise provided by the canons of The Episcopal Church or this diocese.

Authority to fill vacancies: Except as otherwise provided in these canons, the Standing Committee has the authority to fill any vacancy that may occur in any office elected by Convention. A person so appointed shall serve until a successor is elected at the next annual session of Convention.

Authority of Convention: The Standing Committee, acting with the bishop, if there is one, shall have the authority and responsibilities of Convention between its annual sessions, except as otherwise provided in these canons, and shall be accountable to Convention.

Current Roster

  • The Rev. Guy J. D. Collins (1st term, expires in 2017)
  • Robert Cotton, Esq. (1st term, expires in 2019) 
  • Canon Judith Esmay (2nd term, expires in 2018)
  • The Rev. Teresa Gocha (2nd term, expires in 2018)
  • Margaret Porter (1st term, expires in 2017)
  • The Rev. Rob Stevens (1st term, expires in 2019) 

Diocesan Advance Fund

The Diocesan Advance Fund was established in 1965 as a flexible, revolving fund from which low-interest, unsecured loans would be made to help congregations of the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire, new and old, help themselves. This Fund is administered by the Standing Committee.

Read a statement from the Standing Committee on new policies for the Diocesan Advance Fund

Read Diocesan Advance Fund policies and procedures

Environmental Sustainability Grants

Each year the Standing Committee allocates a total of up to $50,000 of the Diocesan Advance Fund for sustainability grants to congregations wishing to make “green” changes to church property. Grants are awarded for capital projects that on completion will result in improved energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. In addition to other qualifications, applicant congregations must have received, by payment or pledge, some amount of money intended for the project. Applications must be submitted to the Standing Committee no later than the first of August and on the  DAF application form available here: application for Environmental Sustainability Grants, administered by the Standing Committee.

An application for a grant of more that $1,000 must be accompanied by a report of an energy audit that includes an estimate of the return on the proposed expenditure.  Sustainability grant awards will be announced at the Annual Diocesan Convention. The 2017 deadline for grant applications is August 1.