We actively seek volunteers, including women, persons of color and non-Episcopalians. If you feel a call to help here, please leave a comment or e-mail the Vicar; see below.
Our Episcopal Visitor
The Rt. Rev. Catherine M. Waynick
X Bishop of Indianapolis
Bishop Cate Waynick served as 10th Bishop of Indianapolis from 1997-2017. She was the seventh woman elected bishop in The Episcopal Church and the fourth woman to be Chief Pastor of a diocese. She attended Central Michigan University, graduated from Madonna College with a B.A. in religious studies, was awarded the M.Div. from St. John Provincial (RC) Seminary in 1985 and received an honor Doctor of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in 1998. She was the spiritual leader of 10,000 communicants and 47 parishes in Central and Southern Indiana.
She was also the first visitor to this website in 2004 and has been steadfast in her support ever since.
Br. Josh Thomas
CONTACT: joshtom at mediacombb dot net
Josh Thomas, a lay Commissioned Evangelist with a national preaching license in The Episcopal Church since 1977, founded dailyoffice.org in 2004, in thanksgiving after buying his first house. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati (social work) and the National Institute for Lay Training at the General Theological Seminary in New York; his mentors were Robert Ervin Faulkenberry, Howard E. Galley, Jr., the Rev. Sr. Brooke Bushong and Capt. Tom Tull of the Church Army, as well as Fr. Bill Coulter of the Diocese of New York. Josh spent much of his career in journalism and GLBT community organizing; he is the author of three novels. He lives in Northwest Indiana and is a member of St. John’s, Lafayette, his boyhood parish, where he fell in love with The Hymnal 1940 and The Book of Common Prayer 1928, and has never been the same since.
The Rev. Gwen Hetler
Mtr. Gwen is a member of the Ministry Support Team of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, a house church in the Diocese of Northern Michigan—the Upper Peninsula. She retired in 2014 from a teaching career which spanned 53 years, after teaching in a high school, middle school, pregnant teen program, and a state university. She holds a BA degree from Albion College and a MS degree in genetics from Wayne State University. She was ordained a priest in 2001.
The Rev. Leilani Nelson
Diocese of California
The Rev. Deacon Leilani Nelson is a cradle Episcopalian and native of Hawaii whose faith was formed by all the faiths and spiritualities of the Islands, especially at St. Paul’s Parke Chapel, an outreach to the Philippine Independent Church. Her vocation today includes children, youth and families; abuse education and prevention; camps and conferences, including Cursillo; peace, justice and inclusion. She makes and uses Anglican rosaries and is the author of MUNI MUSINGS, brief sketches about street scenes and daily encounters while using public transportation in San Francisco. Follow her on Facebook.
Our Honorary Deacon for Interesting Things
Clint Gilliland, an Episcopal layman from Texas, formerly conducted Morning Prayer five days a week for a small but growing congregation at St. Peter’s, Pasadena, using printouts from our website so the People didn’t have to flip books. He’s retired from Data General Corp. and SAP Americas, where he was involved in the internet from its infancy. He has very important items in his Office portfolio: Worship Leader for our daily webcasts; military and veterans, for whom he complies our They Have Names feature every Tuesday of those killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan; and crucial Information Technology support, on which all our services depend. Clint and wife Jena are the parents of grown twin daughters, and grandparents of many.
Our Subdeacon for Intercession
Subdeacon Rebecca is the Keeper of our Prayer List, one of the most important and demanding jobs on our staff. A Florida native now living in Alabama, she has years of computer experience and can operate just about every program there is; she learned WordPress in five minutes. She keeps our master list; we pray for every request for at least one month and welcome updates as circumstances change. The Vicar uses Rebecca’s master list to post excerpts every day.
Our Verger & Acolyte
Luke is a rat terrier, 12 years old, who has lived at the Vicarage since 2008 after being rescued from the streets of Kokomo, Indiana, thanks to the Humane Societies of Kokomo and Indianapolis. He has a sweet character and loves to romp and play. His favorite day in the Church year is the Feast of St. Francis. He is diligent about herding God’s creatures and leading them into the virtual cathedral, prancing proudly down the center aisle. When he races up the chancel to the Sanctuary, he always sits before the Altar like a good Episcopalian. To every human he’s ever met, he jumps and wags his tail, “Doggie ‘Piskies Welcome You!” He’s an expert in making sure the Human With The Food is where he’s supposed to be every Morning and Evening, and is annually voted the best Evangelist on our staff.
Our Mission Board
Josh Thomas, Indiana – Vicar, ex officio
Linda Barry, Texas
Jocelyn Burrell, Michigan
The Rev. Deacon Maria L. Evans, M.D., Missouri – Missioner, ex officio
Clint Gilliland, Texas – Anchor, ex officio
Stephen C. Helmreich, Ph.D., New Mexico
The Rev. Gwen Hetler, Michigan – Chaplain, ex officio
Joan Rasch, Massachusetts
Alison Saichek, Head
Gwen Hetler, Assistant Head
Valerie “Scotty” Scott
* junior apprentice
** apprentice to the junior apprentice
+Cate Waynick, Episcopal Visitor
Gwen Hetler, Chaplain
Maria Evans, Missioner
Josh Thomas, Vicar
Clint Gilliland, Anchor
Valerie “Scotty” Scott