Transition Committee

Connie Andrejko (chair)- Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Greetings! My name is Dr. Connie Andrejko, and I am serving as Chair of the Transition Committee. I am mother to four busy boys, ages 9-15. I am also a practicing Neonatologist and Vice President of Medical Affairs of a private neonatal intensive care practice. In this role I oversee the Medical Directors of 26 hospitals in nine states. I hope to bring some of my leadership experience and organizational skills (from both home and work!) to create a positive and meaningful experience during the transition to our new bishop.

I attend the Cathedral Church of the Nativity and participate in our Healing Ministry. We offer hands-on healing during the Celtic Spirituality and Sunday Services. It is a privilege and honor to be a member of the Transition committee and serve the Diocese of Bethlehem.

Karyn Arcario- Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

My husband, four sons and I have been members of The Cathedral Church of The Nativity in Bethlehem since 2000 after we relocated from New York. I have served as a staff at Nativity’s Youth Camp, a youth confirmation mentor and am currently serving as a member of the Third Millennial Fund. I have worked to support adults and children with intellectual disabilities for the past 35 years and am the Residential Director for community homes at KenCrest Services. I feel my skills in coordination, organization and working with teams will be well utilized while serving on the Transition Committee. I am honored to serve and welcome the opportunity to work as part of this group.

Linda M Arguedas- St. Luke’s Church, Lebanon

I have been a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lebanon since 1995 where I currently serve on vestry. I was also a 2017 delegate to diocesan convention. I am honored to be part of the diocesan transition committee in search of our new Bishop. I bring to the transition committee my experience of convention planning as I served as the Canon for Programs, Events and Communications in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania from 2010 to 2017. I live in Annville just a few blocks from my son and daughter-in-law and a very active three year old granddaughter.

Cathy Bailey- Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

I spent my teenage years at Church of the Mediator, Allentown; my early wife and mother years at St. John’s, Palmerton and now, in my older years at Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. My service to these parishes has included participating on every committee possible, sometimes even as the chairperson. I have been vestry member, Junior Warden and Senior Warden. At the Diocesan level I have served on Diocesan Council, Diocesan Health Ministry and on the Pilgrimage planning team. Education for Ministry (EfM) is an adult theological study. I mentor an EFM group and serve as the Diocesan Coordinator. In addition to being on the Board of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), I coordinate the United Thank Offering (UTO) program within the Diocese. I have been elected as Deputy to General Convention in 2006, 2012, 2015 and to the upcoming GC in 2018. Some of my gifts are administration and organization. My immediate family of two daughters, two son-in-law, and a granddaughter are all local in the Lehigh Valley. Professionally, I am a Nurse Practitioner with specialty in newborns and continue to work part time. I am very excited to be working with the Bishop Transition Committee.

The Rev. Van Bankston- Church of the Good Shepherd, Milford

I have been serving as rector at Good Shepherd in Milford since 2014. I also serve on the Diocesan Council. I was ordained in the Diocese of Mississippi where I served as Curate and Assistant Rector at Trinity in Hattiesburg after graduating from General Theological Seminary in 2011. I served as Director of Camp Coast Care, a ministry of Lutheran-Episcopal Services in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Prior to ordination I worked as an artist, after a design career in NYC for many years.

The Rev. Jane Arrington Bender- St. Margaret’s Church, Emmaus

Serving on the Transition Committee for the election of the Diocese’s next Bishop is a rewarding experience in seeing the complexities of the process! Many gifted, faithful people are serving on the Search Committee and it is a joy to have the privilege of being part of a team that will be picking up the baton once the slate has been announced. I have been in the diocese over 40 years and was ordained priest in 1999. I have served at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity; St. Anne’s, Trexlertown; All Saints, Lehighton; and currently serve at St. Margaret’s, Emmaus. I have served on numerous Diocesan committees including chair of the Evangelism Committee; Diocesan Council and I currently serve on the Standing Committee. I have served twice as a deputy to the General Convention and next year as an alternate. The polity of the Episcopal Church is fascinating to me and the election of a bishop is a crucial pillar in the structure of the community. This deep prayer time of discernment is crucial to the life and vitality of, as Presiding Bishop Curry says, this diocese’s “part of the Jesus Movement”. May the gospel-bearing responsibilities of each and every person in the diocese be blessed!

The Rev. Ginny Rex Day- clergy, retired

Having been a member of the diocesan community since December, 1986, I bring memories of many transitions and leadership styles to the search for our ninth bishop. I am both humbled and honored to participate in this work. During these thirty plus years I made the transition from being a lay person (and the wife of the rector) to being a priest. After almost five years on staff at the cathedral, I became rector of Trinity, Mt. Pocono. I worked with Margaret Sipple on Christian Education for all ages throughout the diocese, with “Happening” for about eight years, on the Liturgy & Music Commission for ten years, and two terms (six years) on the Commission on Ministry. I added a Masters in Christian Spirituality to my Master of Divinity degree, and have served as a spiritual director. As of July 1, 2008 I retired. Since then I have supplied in 25 different parishes in the diocese, including some sabbatical work and some transition work involving three months or so. Even so, I believe there is still much to learn about the heart of the diocese. I bring the desire to do so to this search, hoping that we will find a pastor who will understand that we are the body of Christ in Northeastern Pennsylvania in what our Presiding Bishop refers to as “the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.” We need to see ourselves as part of a larger whole seeking to bring the good news to a world which is vulnerable in so many ways.

The Rev. Megan Dembi- St. Thomas’ Church, Morgantown

The Rev. Megan Dembi is the priest-in-charge at St. Thomas in Morgantown. She met her husband, the Rev. Dennis Reid (rector of St. Alban’s in Sinking Spring), when they attended Virginia Theological Seminary together. Megan and Dennis recently welcomed the adorable Lydia Grace into their family. Megan is looking forward to aiding the process of introducing our candidates to the diocese and welcoming our new bishop!

Rich Evans- St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, Mountain Top

I am a member of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Mountain Top where I serve on the vestry, as volunteer bookkeeper and as organizer of the Mountain Top Kite Festival.

I am also active on the Diocesan Council, its finance committee and with my audit ministry. My favorite volunteer activity is as treasurer of New Bethany Ministries, one of the best outreach programs of the diocese.

I wanted to serve on the Bishop Search Committee for a couple of reasons: first, I am an optimistic, future-oriented person and I know that the choice of our next servant-leader is of critical importance.

Second, I represent a small parish and want to give voice to the many parishioners in like circumstances. I take this responsibility very seriously.

David Foust- St. Stephen’s Pro Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre

As a member of Saint Stephen’s I am currently finishing my second term on the Vestry. In the past, I have served as the Senior Warden filling the unexpired term of my predecessor. In addition, I currently serve as a Chalice bearer and a member of the Parish Life Committee.

Prior to my relocation to Wilkes-Barre, I was active in serving the church in Ohio. There I served on the Church Council and was a Church School teacher. I also participated in choir and handbell choir.

Currently I am employed as a store manager for a national farm and ranch store. Previously I spent 27 years in department store retail as a Sales Manager, Visual Merchandising Manager and Sales Associate.

It is a privilege to serve the Diocese on this committee.

Ron Honeywell- St. Stephen’s Pro Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre

As a member of St. Stephen’s, I have served the liturgical needs as a lector, chalice bearer, and a daily prayer service officiant. I have also served as a member of the Finance Committee, Assistant Treasurer and a member of the Parish Life Committee.

I am currently a member of Diocesan Council and both the Finance Committee and Investment Committee, serving in my second year of a three year term.

Prior to retirement, I spent thirty nine (39) years in the financial services industry as a bank trust officer having earned the CTFA (Certified Trust and Financial Advisor) designation. Most recently, duties included managing a trust department with responsibility for trust and Investment management services over an eight (8) county area.

During that time, professional affiliations included membership on the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) Trust Marketing Committee and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Estate Planning Council and was active as a public speaker among church and civic groups speaking on various banking related topics. Active in the community, board membership included the Wyoming Valley Council of Churches, Wyoming Valley Interfaith Council (Secretary), Wyoming Valley Montessori School and the American Red Cross Wyoming Valley Chapter (Board Chairman).

I am honored to have been asked to serve on the Transition Committee.

The Rev. Michelle Moyer- Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Currently I serve as the associate at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity where my role is Family and Faith Formation Ministries. I am a member of the Liturgical Commission for the diocese and have served at Nativity for six years in the capacity of seminarian, deacon and now staff priest. I have been a member of the diocese for over thirty years and have seen many changes during that time. I was active in my home parish, St Stephen’s Whitehall, where I participated in varied youth ministries, altar guild, and pastoral care. Before ordination to the priesthood, I worked as a quality analyst and supply chain manager. My husband (who is also an Episcopal priest) and I have two sons and a daughter, all of whom are married and practicing Episcopalians. I consider it an honor to be a member of the Transition Committee as we, along with the diocese, prayerfully consider who God is calling as our next bishop.

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