House of Deputies

The President of the House of Deputies' Council of Advice meets periodically during the triennium in order to provide feedback and consultation regarding the mission and ministry of the President of the House of Deputies. During this triennium, the Council includes nine appointed members.

(Secretary, General Convention)

michael barlowe The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe was appointed executive officer of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in December 2012 by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies. 

Barlowe, who was the Diocese of California's canon to the ordinary from 2006-2012, was, before his appointment as executive officer, an elected member of Executive Council and a deputy to General Convention from the Diocese of California.


(San Joaquin, Province VIII)

glass michael squareMichael Glass is currently serving as the Chancellor for the Diocese of San Joaquin and coordinating the effort to recover the Diocese's assets and properties. He is a member of the Diocese of San Joaquin Covenant Committee of Executive Council. He has also has served on the Canons and Constitution Committees of the Dioceses of California and San Joaquin and the House of Bishops Task Force on Real Property Disputes. Additionally, he has experience in handling a broad spectrum of clergy disciplinary matters.

Michael is a partner of Ragghianti Freitas LLP in San Rafael, California. Since 1997 he has been representing clients in general business and corporate governance matters including a broad transactional and complex litigation practice. His practice also includes advising clients in complex real estate transactions and financings.

Michael is a fourth generation resident of Marin County in the Diocese of California and the father of two daughters.

(Minnesota, Province VI)

johnson sally square Sally served the Diocese of Minnesota as chancellor and is a seven-time General Convention deputy. She was a member of the Canons Committee six times (vice-chair in 2003 and chair in 2006) and the House of Deputies Rules of Order Committee in 2009 and 2012.  She has been a member of the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons and several national church task forces. She served as chancellor to the President of the House of Deputies for Bonnie Anderson for six years and now serves as chancellor to President Gay Clark Jennings.

(Olympia, Province VIII)

BryanKHeadshot squareBryan Krislock currently lives in Seattle, Washington and graduated from law school in 2012. Born and raised in Spokane, he has been active in the church since a young age. He was a member of the Official Youth Presence for the 2000 General Convention and served as a lay deputy to the 2006 and 2009 General Conventions where he served on the communications and dispatch committees respectively. He was appointed to Executive Council in 2008 to fill an unexpired term and elected as the Province VIII lay representative in 2009 for a full six-year Executive Council term. On Executive Council he has served on the administration and finance committees, the governance and administration standing committees and was elected to the executive committee.

Before attending law school he worked for the Diocese of Spokane, first as a communications associate and later as the operations director. He is now working for a law firm in real estate and business law. He has a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Seattle.

In his spare time he likes to ski, hike, travel, watch hockey, and read.

(Vermont, Province I)

little tom 1 Tom Little is the chancellor of the Diocese of Vermont and a six-time deputy to General Convention. He served from 2003-2009 on the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons and currently sits on the Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne, Vermont and is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine and Cornell Law School.

Tom, who served a decade in the Vermont House of Representatives, is the vice president and general counsel of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. For ten years, he has been the town moderator of the Town of Shelburne, where he lives with his wife, Susan. They have two daughters, one son and one grandson. Tom’s USGA golf handicap is 22.

(Southeast Florida, Province IV)

OBrien squareTom O’Brien is a retired corporate lawyer who practiced for more than 30 years on Wall Street, as general counsel of an NYSE-company, and as a partner in a large Florida law firm. He retired from law in 2001, and completed an M.A. in Theology (summa cum laude) at the Roman Catholic Seminary for Florida.

Tom was received into the Episcopal Church in 1989, and served as senior warden in his parish (Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach) for two years. He was on the Executive Board of the Diocese of Southeast Florida for eight years, three of which was as secretary of the Diocese. He was invested as a canon in 2010.

He has been a lay deputy to the last four General Conventions and was a member of PB&F from 2005 to 2009. At Convention, he served on the Education Committee (2012) and as vice-chair of Governance & Structure (2015). From 2012 to 2015, he was vice chair (and then acting chair) of the Standing Commission on Lifelong Christian Formation and Education. He is a member of the Task Force for Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Churches.

Tom taught scripture courses at the Diocesan School for Christian Studies from 2003 to 2008, serves as chair of the Diocesan School Board, is examining chaplain for Holy Scripture for the diocese, and is a licensed lay preacher. Since 2001, he has facilitated an ongoing series of interfaith dialogues for the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Since 2008, has taught scripture and theology courses at Florida Atlantic University’s lifelong learning programs in Jupiter. 

Tom also has degrees from Notre Dame (magna cum laude) and Yale Law School. Tom served as a line officer in the Navy from 1968 to 1971, including service in Vietnam. He and Alison have been married for 48 years and have lived in Palm Beach Gardens since 1988. They spend summers in Plainville, CT and have two adult children and a granddaughter.  

(Northwest Pennsylvania, Province III)

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The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe was ordained and consecrated as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania in September of 2007. He also serves in the Diocese of Bethlehem, where he was elected the Bishop Provisional in 2014.

At the church-wide level, Bishop Sean currently serves as the parliamentarian for the House of Bishops, a member of the President of the House of Deputies’ Council of Advice, and a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains.

Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Bishop Sean graduated from Grove City College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He immediately entered the Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated in 2000 with a Master in Divinity degree. Bishop Sean recently completed work on his Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Leadership at Gannon University.

Bishop Sean resides in both Fairview and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Carly, and their daughter, Lauren.

(Massachusetts, Province I)

rushing byron squareByron’s primary ministry is politics. He has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1983. He came to the House from a work background of community organizing and of Afro-American history. His priorities are human and civil rights, and the development of democracy; local human, economic and housing development; and housing and health care for all. Byron is a member of St. John's, St. James Parish in Roxbury. He has been an elected lay deputy to the General Convention since 1973; he was the chaplain to the House of Deputies at the 1994 Convention. He was elected Vice President of the House of Deputies in 2012. 

He is a founding member of the Episcopal Urban Caucus and serves on the boards of the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice and of The Episcopal Church Archives. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, where he is an adjunct faculty member.

(Vermont, Province I)

stevesmith squareI’m an Episcopalian by choice, having been confirmed in 1998. I was drawn to our faith by its liturgy and its polity and by my husband, Ed Weissman. Our first rector, at our small parish on the eastern shore of Maryland, was the Rev Gregory Straub.  Spoiled forever. I’ve since served as treasurer of St. Luke-in-the-Fields, Manhattan; St. James, Arlington VT; the Episcopal Church in (Diocese of) Vermont, and Province One. My professional career was as an insurance executive and included service as general manager of Church Insurance, a subsidiary of the Church Pension Group.  Ed and I live with three dogs and two cats near the end of a gravel road up a mountain in Vermont. My post-retirement career is as an executive coach, and I work with clients up and down the East Coast.

(New York, Province II)

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The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the priest for community outreach at Trinity Church in New York. Prior to her appointment in 2015, she was 13th rector of St. Mark's in the Bowery, the oldest site of continuous worship in New York. She was a member of The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church from 2006-2012 and was voting secretary of General Convention in 2009 and 2012. She is the chair of the board of The Episcopal Service Corps. Winnie is featured in Living the Questions teaching series and is a Huffington Post blogger.