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An Ordered Church

The bishop, elected by convention, is the head of the diocese and is the ecclesiastical authority. They oversee and guide 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 2019.

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
Mrs. Judy Brown, first vice president
Mr. Joseph Jok, second vice president
Mr. Ruben Rodriguez, secretary to convention and secretary
The Rev. Kirby Smith, treasurer and canon for finance

November 2020 Term
Ms. Judy Brown, St. Alban’s, El Cajon
Ms. Pat Carson, St. Peter’s, Del Mar
The Rev. Dr. Brian Johnson, St. John’s, Indio

November 2021 Term
The Rev. Cristina Borges, St. Matthew’s, National City
Mr. Joseph Jok, St. Luke’s, San Diego
Ms. Jennifer Jow, St. Paul’s Cathedral

November 2022 Term
The Rev. Janine Schenone, Good Samaritan, San Diego
Mr. David Tremaine, Good Samaritan, San Diego
Ms. Chikako Tsukada, All Saints’, Vista

November 2023 Term
The Rev. Roger Haenke, St. John’s, Chula Vista
Ms. Barbara Peralta, Good Shpeherd, Bonita

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.


Mr. Steve Turnbull, president
The Rev. Brenda Sol, clerk

The Rev. Kent Branstetter, St. Dunstan’s, San Diego
Mr. Louis (Butch) Glosson, Good Shepard, Hemet

The Rev. Mark Mckone-Sweet, St. Bartholomew’s, Poway
Mr. Pete Casalegno, St. Mary’s, Ramona

The Rev. Brenda Sol, St. Andrew’s, Encinitas
Mr. Steve Turnbull, St. David’s, San Diego

The Rev. Colin Mathewson, St. Luke’s, San Diego
Mr. Darryl Peralta, Good Shepard, Bonita

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