Standing Committee

Article IV of the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church require that “In every Diocese, a Standing Committee shall be elected by the Convention.” The responsibilities of the Standing Committee are very broad and involve every aspect of the church. The Standing Committee functions as the “Bishop’s Council of Advice,” and in the absence of a Bishop is the ecclesiastical authority in the diocese. A bishop’s election cannot be confirmed without the consent of the majority of the Standing Committees in the Episcopal Church, nor can a Deacon or Priest be ordained without the consent of the Standing Committee. In matters of property, the consent of the Standing Committee is required before any church property can be bought or sold.

In the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, the Standing Committee comprises six members from the clergy order (two of which may be deacons) and six members from the lay order. Members are elected at the Diocesan Convention for a term of three years, although they may be elected for a further three-year term to run consecutively.

For more information contact:

Standing Committee

Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania



The Rev. Barbara Hutchinson (2019)
206 E. Burd Street
Shippensburg, PA 17527
W: 717-532-8089
C:  717-333-5590

Vice President:

Drew Dorgan (2020)
411 Hilltop Road
Strasburg, PA  17579
C: 717.875.6388


The Rev. John Harwood (2019)
167 Aberdeen Lane
State College, PA 16801-7090
H: 814-235-1198
C: 814-571-0681


Anthony C. Alexander (2020)
3208 Penbrook Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Cell 717.497.6747

Susan Landin  (2021)
551 W. Lemon Street
Lancaster, PA  17603

The Rev. Michael Nailor (2021)
651 5th Street
Northumberland, PA 17857

Nicolette Norris (2019)
370 Carter Moir Drive
Lancaster, PA 17601
H: 717-330-5560

The Rev. Jeff Packard (2021)
313 South Burrowes
State College, PA 16801
C: 540-842-1004

The Rev. Patrick Pierce (2020)
233 Merriweather Dr
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Cell and Home 717-372-2053

The Rev. Jim Strader-Sasser- (2020)
125 E. Main Street
Bloomsburg PA 17815
C: 513-370-8090

Amy Swiernik (2019)
20 Spring Hill Lane
Mountville, PA  17554

John Wolgemuth (2021)
118 West Spruce St. ,
Palmyra PA 17078.
Cell phone: 717-554-4329


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