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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is in charge?

Just as a vestry is in charge when a priest leaves a congregation, our Standing Committee became the ecclesiastical authority, assuming most bishop responsibilities in accordance with the canons of the Episcopal Church.

In October, they transferred their ecclesiastical authority to the Rt. Rev. Catherine Waynick who has been elected to serve as our Bishop Provisional for one year. They will work together to help walk the diocese through this next year of discernment. You can contact Bishop Cate at


Why did Bishop Ousley resign?

Bishop Ousley has accepted a call to join the Presiding Bishop’s staff as Bishop for Pastoral Development. In this new role, he will have oversight for bishop transitions and elections, bishop disciplinary matters, and general pastoral care to the House of Bishops and their families.

The position will be based in Saginaw, Michigan where Bishop Ousley and his wife, Ann, currently reside. Bishop Ousley concluded his ministry in Eastern Michigan in mid-June. 


Who makes up the Standing Committee?

The Standing Committee President is the Rev. Dan Scheid of St. Paul’s, Flint. The other members include Vice-President Stephanie King (St. Alban’s, Bay City), Secretary Beth Barkley (Trinity, Lexington), the Rev. Phil Seitz (St. Mark’s, Atlanta), Bill Thewalt (St. Christopher’s, Grand Blanc), and the Rev. Sue Rich (Trinity, Bay City).

Email the Standing Committee at


How will we figure out our next steps?

Over the next few months, our Standing Committee will work with the Office of Pastoral Development, which supports bishop transitions. They will guide us through the transition and make recommendations for our next steps.



How can I stay connected to news about the transition?

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