The Rev. Dr. Ellen Cook, Chair of ECM, is a deacon affiliated with St. Timothy’s in Cincinnati, but most of her diaconal work has been at the diocesan level, this year by service to the School for Diaconal Formation, the Standing Committee, and Chair of ECM.
“I participated in ECSF (now ECM) for years because I can see how ECM enables our diocese to respond to Jesus’s teachings about loving and serving others, particularly those in need. I have seen first-hand how ministries funded with ECM’s help have transformed lives – both those participating as people receiving the services, and those offering the services to others.”
The Rev. Allison English is rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati.
“I am passionate about ECM’s ministry to celebrate our abundance and direct funds to ministries most in need in our diocese. Donating to ECM strengthens our collective community by helping to meet the greatest needs in our midst.”
Rae Fellows is a parishioner and convention delegate from St. Stephen’s – Columbus. She serves on the parish’s BREAD team whose members help to identify community and neighborhood social justice issues that need to be addressed.
“ECM fills a great need in the diocese and enables parishes to do the good work they are called to do.”
Don Lane is a member of Christ Church Cathedral, where he has served as Senior Warden, vestry member, Chair of the Community Grants Committee and Trustee.
“I believe in ECM’s mission because it allows even small congregations in places of need to support local mission work through the combined resources of Diocese member churches.”
The Rev. Joanna Leiserson came to Cincinnati in 2005 as Canon for Christian Formation and Mission at Christ Church Cathedral, but since departing in 2013, she has served as transitional rector of interim priest at Christ Church in Dayton, St. Anne’s in West Chester, Church of the Ascension in Middletown, and Calvary in Cincinnati. Currently she is serving at St. Barnabas in Montgomery, her fifth transition ministry position, and is on the Diocesan Council.
“ECSF, now ECM, has provided critical outreach assistance to all of the churches I have served, big and small, depending on their needs. It fills an important role in helping parishes to lift up their communities in the ways that they are able and that their budgets allow. This means that the help for smaller parishes may consist of money to keep alive the only food pantry in the neighborhood. But for larger churches with more resources, ECM has funded ministries with more long-term goals such as emergency rental and utility assistance for struggling neighbors. So every donation to ECM contributes to the well-being of communities all over Southern Ohio, at every level of human need from food and clothing to jobs and homes. Its wide-ranging reach, to churches and communities large and small, is why I so strongly support ECM.”
Jane Lyman Paraskevopoulos is a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, and the retired Director of Business Operations of Forward Movement Publications.
“When I was asked to serve on the ECM committee this year I was enthusiastic about serving because of the vital and significant services the committee supports and because the work done by many fellow DSO volunteers who lovingly give of themselves to those who are most in need throughout the Diocesan region.”
The Rev. Deborah Woolsey is the Rector of Church of the Good Shepherd, Athens, OH (chogs.org) and the Convener for the Campus Ministry Collaborative, Diocese of Southern Ohio.
“I am proud to be part of the ECM because of its work to support and encourage churches of all shapes and sizes in all places in the Diocese to become vital places where the Love of God in Christ is manifested in their neighborhoods.”