2023 Diocesan Convention
Candidates

The following candidates have been nominated for the 2023 Diocesan Convention:

DIOCESAN COUNCIL (1 Southern Regional Rep, 1 Salt Lake Regional Rep)

Southern Regional Rep

Nominated: Sandra Corp

Nominated by: The Rev. Christopher Szarke

Congregation: Grace Episcopal, St. George

Statement of Nomination:

I am honored to nominate Sandra Lee Corp, Esq. for Diocesan Council Southern Regional Rep. Sandra and I served together at the 80th General Convention in July 2022 and I was impressed with the amount of preparation she completed ahead of time, the thoughtful and challenging questions she presented as we considered resolutions, her attention to detail, and the spirit of collaboration that she brought to every interaction.

Sandra is the Bishop’s Warden at Grace Episcopal, St. George. She is a Vice Chancellor for the Diocese and will be serving on the Diocesan Policy Review Committee. Sandra has my highest recommendation.

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Salt Lake Regional Rep

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Standing Committee (1 Lay Term, 1 Clergy Term)

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Clergy Term

Nominated: Isabel Gonzalez

Nominated by: Kurt Cook

Congregation: El Buen Pastor

Statement of Nomination:

As an active member of the Standing Committee for the past three years, Isabel+ positively contributed during the Bishop Search process and represented the perspective of our Spanish speaking members of the Diocese. For the past year she has been the Standing Committee Vice-President, a role she has performed with willingness and diligence. Her continued membership on the Standing Committee would benefit the Diocese greatly as we greet new opportunities.

 

Disciplinary Board ( 2 Clergy Term)

Clergy Term

Nominated: The Ven. Robert Shoop

Nominated by: The Rev. Christopher Szarke

Congregation: St. James Episcopal Church, Midvale

Statement of Nomination: It is my pleasure to nominate the Ven. Robert Shoop for the Disciplinary Board for another term. He is a native Utahn and a cradle Episcopalian who was baptized at St. Peter’s (on the old St. Mark’s Hospital grounds), confirmed at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, married to Rolene at All Saints in 1968, and ordained at St. James in 1985 and has served the congregation since that time. Archdeacon Robert graduated from Olympus High School in 1965, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Utah in 1969. He went on for his Masters in Computer Science, ABD, and received his MBA in 1978. His secular career was in Computer Science, working at Unisys, Enterasys, and L-3 communications up until his retirement in 2014. He has served the Episcopal Diocese of Utah in many ways, including as Archdeacon, on the Diocesan Council, Disciplinary Board, and he facilitates the semester on the New Testament at the Tuttle School for Ministry and Discipleship.

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Nominated: The Rev. Pat Hart

Nominated by: The Rev. Christopher Szarke

Congregation: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Clearfield

Statement of Nomination:

It is my pleasure to nominate the Rev. Pat Hart for the Disciplinary Board. I got to know Rev. Pat when she served as transitional Deacon at St. James, Midvale, prior to ordination to the priesthood and serving as priest-in-charge at St. Peter’s Episcopal, Clearfield. She was outstanding in every role during her transitional diaconate.

Rev. Pat’s spiritual journey was deepened as a child at Camp Tuttle, where she now serves as one of the chaplains. One of her ministries was the Laundry Love program where people can have the dignity of clean clothes and she wants to see “urban rest stops” either as storefronts or where trucks can bring showers, haircuts and newer clothing to people.

As a later in life ordinand, Rev. Pat holds the viewpoint of laypeople and clergy, with a deep understanding of the needs and experience of each. My experience of Rev. Pat is that she listens to an entire story, asks solid questions for clarification, is detail oriented, and is fair in decision making. These are traits that will benefit the Disciplinary Board.

 

 

Diocesan Treasurer

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General Convention Deputies/Alternates

Clergy Nominations

Nominated: The Rev. Kurt Wiesner 

Nominated by: The Rev. Christopher Szarke

Congregation: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, SLC

Statement of Nomination:

I highly recommend the Rev. Kurt Wiesner, Rector of St. Paul’s SLC, as a Clergy Deputy for the 81st General Convention in 2024. He has served our diocese in many capacities, including having been a General Convention Clergy Deputy and currently serving on the Commission on Ministry. His longtime service as a leader with the CREDO clergy retreats gives him a unique perspective on the current needs and direction for The Episcopal Church. I experience Rev. Kurt as someone who pays attention to what our needs are locally while maintaining vision for the larger Church. Serving together at the 80th General Convention, I was impressed with the amount of study he put in ahead of time on resolutions and his ability to articulate the results when he returned to the diocese. He has my highest recommendation.

Nominated: The Rev. Christopher Szarke

Nominated by: The Rev. Tyler Doherty 

Congregation: St. James Episcopal Church, Midvale

Statement of Nomination:

Fr. Christopher has a devoted and disciplined spiritual life and brings a wealth and depth of experience as both a rector and chaplain to the table. His work on the nomination committee for the Bishop search demonstrated to be a keen, compassionate and discerning eye/heart, alert both to challenges the church faces at this time and how we might be rooted in Jesus as beloved community going forward. He also brings a familiarity with the canons and constitutions of TEC to this process as he was a deputy at the 2022 General Convention. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.

 

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Lay Nominations

Nominated: Sandra Corp

Nominated by: Sandra Corp

Congregation: Grace, St. George

Statement of Nomination:

Initially elected as First Alternate Lay Deputy to the scheduled 2021 Convention; I actually served as a Deputy when we convened in 2022. It was my first experience as a Deputy though I volunteered at the 2015 Convention in Salt Lake City. Being a Deputy was an honor and a spiritually fulfilling experience. I have served as a Vice Chancellor of this Diocese since 2005 except for a 3 year break from 2015 through 2017. I have been in several leadership roles first at Good Shepherd and now Grace. The Episcopal Church has much work ahead to sustain our existence and revive the spirit of its membership. I believe that participating in the work of Convention is essential to these goals. If elected, I would apply my leadership experience to joyfully and gratefully attend to the work.

Nominated: Rick Stevenson

Nominated by: The Rev. Christopher Szarke

Congregation: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, West Valley City

Statement of Nomination:

I highly recommend Rick Stevenson as a Lay Deputy for the 81st General Convention in 2024. Rick is the Junior Warden at St. Stephen’s and is a long time leader and volunteer for Family Promise. Rick and I served together on the Bishop Nomination Committee and I experienced him as diligent, thoughtful, he put a lot of time into preparation for the tasks at hand, and he followed through on everything he committed to do. Rick also took on additional leadership roles within the committee. He has my highest recommendation.

Nominated: Terry Palmer

Nominated by: The Rev. Christopher Szarke

Congregation: St. James Episcopal Church, Midvale 

Statement of Nomination:

I highly recommend Terry Palmer as a Lay Deputy to the 81st General Convention in 2024. Terry has a broad view of the Episcopal Church from several parish and Diocesan leadership roles. Her commitment to social justice and deep faith will be an asset to the preparation for resolution votes. Terry’s vast church and community experience includes: Aspen House Board (current co-chair), Ulster Project Board, Millcreek Rotary (service chair), Utah State Director, 3Strands Global Foundation – Human Trafficking Prevention, Former National Director, Backyard Broadcast – Human Trafficking Prevention Education, Past Salt Lake County Youth Government Mentor. Church Positions: Sunday School Teacher (St. Mark’s and St. James), Youth Group Leader (St. James and Diocese), recently joined the Diocesan Peace and Justice Commission, Province 8 Distinguished Woman Award recipient, St. James: Vestry Member and a two-time delegate to Diocesan Convention. Terry participated in Rooted in Jesus in 2020. She has my highest recommendation.

Nominated: Branden T.Burningham

Nominated by: The Rev. Christopher Szarke

Congregation: St. Mark’s Cathedral, SLC 

Statement of Nomination: I highly recommend Branden T. Burningham, Esq. as a Deputy for the 81st General Convention in 2024. I got to know Branden through the Resolutions Committee for Diocesan Convention and as one of the participants of the Tuttle School for Discipleship and Ministry when I facilitated the semester on Theology and Ethics. Branden’s research, communication, and collaboration are outstanding and these traits will be an asset for him and our diocese as a General Convention Lay Deputy. An accomplished attorney, Branden currently serves the Episcopal Diocese of Utah as a Vice Chancellor and has served his congregation, St. Mark’s Cathedral, as a Senior Warden and Vestry member. He has my highest recommendation.

 

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