House of Deputies

Council of Advice

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.

Michael Barlowe

(Secretary, General Convention)

barlowe michael 250 In January 2013, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe made a transcontinental move from the Diocese of California to "815," The Episcopal Church headquarters at 815 Second Avenue in New York City. The move follows his December 2012 appointment as executive officer of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, an appointment made 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. He is "enormously excited" to have an instrumental role in what he considers a pivotal time in the church, a time when the church has affirmed its commitment to external mission and internal reform.

 

Vince Currie Jr.

(Central Gulf Coast, Province IV)

Vince CurrieVincent Currie Jr. (Vince) has been diocesan administrator in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in Pensacola, Florida since 1981. He is currently on the board of the Church Pension Fund and the Church Insurance Companies. 

Vince and his wife Dianne have been married 51 years and have a daughter and son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. They are members of Christ Episcopal Church in Pensacola. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Florida School of Banking; and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Canon Law from the University of the South, Sewanee.

Vince’s Episcopal Church activities include serving as a deputy to the last thirteen General Conventions, including a term as Vice President of the House of Deputies (2000 to 2003). He has been chair of the Joint Standing Commission on Program, Budget & Finance, served on the Joint Standing Committee to Nominate the Presiding Bishop, and currently serves on the Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church. A former member of Executive Council, he has served on the Council of Advice for the last five presidents of the House of Deputies.

Michael Glass

(San Joaquin, Province VIII)

Michael GlassMichael 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.

Sally Johnson

(Minnesota, Province VI)

Sally Johnson 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.

Bryan Krislock

(Olympia, Province VIII)

Bryan KrislockBryan Krislock currently lives in Seattle, Washington and recently graduated from law school. 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. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle.

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

Tom Little

(Vermont, Province I)

Tom Little 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.

Sean Rowe

(Northwest Pennsylvania, Province III)

Bishop Sean RoweThe Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe was ordained and consecrated as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania on September 8, 2007.

Bishop Sean leads thirty four congregations in the thirteen counties that make up northwestern Pennsylvania. He has instituted a new mission statement and strategy, which center on transformational leadership and ministry, and worked on fostering a unified identity within the diocese. An active healing ministry, with services held around the diocese, is also a vital part of Bishop Sean's ministry.

At the church-wide level, Bishop Sean currently serves as the parliamentarian for the House of Bishops, the board chair of the Episcopal Church Building Fund, a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains, and a member of the CREDO Advisory Board. He also serves as a board member of the Erie County Housing Authority.

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 is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Learning and Leadership.

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

Byron Rushing

(Massachusetts, Province I)

Byron RushingByron’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.

Winnie Varghese

(New York, Province II)

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The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the 13th rector of St. Mark's in the Bowery, the oldest site of continuous worship in New York, a diverse, progressive, celebratory and growing Episcopal congregation in New York City. 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.