Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Meet Your Deputation

Dear Communicants of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina,

Here we go. The Presiding Bishop and the president of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings are presenting to the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies right now.

We are pleased to introduce your deputation for General Convention. Please keep them, Bishop Waldo, and all involved in your prayers, as well as the well-being and future of The Episcopal Church.

Clergy Deputation:
The Rev. Mike Flanagan, Rector, Holy Cross, Simpsonville
Ordained in 1991, Mike served as assistant rector at St. Michael and All Angels in Columbia, SC, and came to Simpsonville as Rector of Holy Cross in January of 1995. Mike has served on the Total Ministry Committee, Standing Committee, Building and Renovation Finance Committee, Chair of the Bishop’s Interview and Discernment Committee and a Spiritual Director on Cursillo Council. Currently Mike is serving as a Deputy to General Convention and is Chair of the Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

The Rev. Grant Wiseman, Rector, St. Thaddeus, Aiken
Grant moved to the Diocese of Upper South Carolina in 2009. He was nominated Standing Commission for Stewardship and Development (part of the interim body that meets between General Conventions) where he served as Chairman 2009-2012, and currently serves as Secretary. He is also a member of the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center board of trustees. Grant serves as Dean of the Gravatt Convocation. He has served on several committees in the diocese, and as a board member for York Place. He served churches in Nebraska and Ohio prior to becoming rector of St Thaddeus and President of Mead Hall. While in Nebraska, he was a deputy to General Convention 2006, Vice Chair of the Executive Commission of the Diocese of Nebraska, and Chaplain to Brownell-Talbot School. His wife, Heather is a Spanish Teacher and Coach at Mead Hall, Aiken Technical College and a Paralegal, and his twin daughters, Audrey and Abby attend Mead Hall. Prior to becoming a priest, Grant worked in boarding schools, owned a legal services firm, and was an Arabic Linguist in the Army. He attended college at the University of Cincinnati and Bethel College. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

The Rev. Dr. Susan Prinz, Associate Priest, St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Columbia
The Reverend Dr. Susan Prinz, a first time deputy to General Convention, serves as priest associate St. Martin-in-the-Fields.  Susan received her Master's of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2010, and has a background in college administration, earning a doctorate in Educational Administration in 1998. She is also a graduate of the Sursum Corda Spiritual Direction Training program and has a private spiritual direction practice. Susan is married to Ron Prinz, a professor at the University of South Carolina, and they are parents to Elizabeth, who works for Network for Africa, a NGO based in London.

The Rev. Scott Fleischer, Assistant Priest, St. John's (Shandon), Columbia
The Rev. Scott Fleischer is a life-long Episcopalian. Following his graduation from college in 1993, he attended Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry for two years.  After receiving a lay degree in Mission and Evangelism, he served as a full-time youth minister in the Diocese of Central Florida. He later returned to Trinity for a Master of Divinity degree, which he received in 2002. Scott began his ordained ministry serving as the Curate at Prince George Episcopal Church, Winyah, in Georgetown. Following his curacy, he served as the full-time Chaplain at York Place, Episcopal Church Home for Children, in York. Since January 2011, he has served as the Assistant Priest at St. John's Episcopal Church, Shandon, in Columbia. He is an elected member of the Diocesan Executive Council. As the secretary, he also serves on the Executive Committee. Scott and his wife Victoria have three above average children. In his free time, he enjoys long-distance running and working out with his F3 Columbia brothers.

The Rev. Alan Leonard, Rector, St. Margaret's, Boiling Springs - 1st Alternate
The Rev. Alan Leonard has been rector of St. Margaret’s, Boiling Springs since December 2005.  Previously, he was an Army Chaplain serving in the United States, Germany and Iraq.  Alan currently serves on the Bishop’s Task Force for Unity.  In the community he serves as chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9539, is on the advisory board of Harvest Family Ministries, a nonprofit organization that assists people in need in the Boiling Springs area, and the advisory board of Senior’s Take Charge, an organization that provides educational programs for senior citizens in Spartanburg County.  Before his military service, he was Assistant Rector of Holy Spirit Parish in Missoula, Montana.  Alan graduated from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1996. He is married to the former Brenda Heidhoff and they have one son, Tim who was born in 1996. Brenda is a Cellist and Tim dances ballet.

Lay Deputation:
Ms. Scooty Burch
As a member of Holy Trinity, Clemson, Scooty Burch is a graduate of EFM and has served on the vestry and the Christian Formation Committee. Scooty has been a youth leader and is a Lay Eucharistic Visitor. She has served as Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development and was on the Commission for the Anglican Communion and the Diocesan Executive Council. Scooty is serving on General Convention’s World Mission Committee. This is her fourth General Convention.  

Ms. Angela Daniel
Angela Daniel is the current President of Province IV, of which our diocese is a part. She is a member of St. John's, Columbia and has served in numerous parish and diocesan ministries, including working with the Millennium Development Goals and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Angela serves on the diocesan Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

Dr. Norah Grimball

Norah Grimball is a member of Trinity Episcopal Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, where she serves as Junior Warden, Chair of the Eucharistic Ministers, and Worship Leader. Previous Cathedral service includes Vestry, Finance Committee,
Diocesan Convention Delegate, Pastoral Care Team Chair, and Eucharistic Visitor.  
On the diocesan level, Norah is serving as a Deputy to General Convention (L3) and member of the Commission on The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. She has previously served on Standing Committee; as Chair of the Commission on Ministry, the Bishop’s Interview and Discernment Committee and Commission on Ministry of the Baptized; and as Communications Chair of the Bishop Search Committee.  

Ms. Mary Anne Park
Mary Anne Park, RN, MSN, CCRC is Manager of the Clinical Trials Office at Georgia Regents University. She also serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Medical College of Georgia, Departments of Surgery and Neurology, and as a Clinical Instructor in the College of Nursing.  She holds Bachelor’s (1974) and Master’s (1979) degrees in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing, now known as Georgia Regents University College of Nursing. 

Mary Anne is a life-long, active member of Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, North Augusta, South Carolina where she has served on the vestry for 3 different 3-year terms.  She has served as Junior and Senior Warden twice each in the past, is a past-president of the Daughters of the King on two occasions, and is the current present of the DOK.  She is an active Eucharistic Minister, Lay Reader, Lector, Service Schedule Coordinator, and Missions Committee Member.  She has coordinated the Angel Tree at Christmas for the last eoghteen years, has served as an usher, Altar Guild member, Stephen Ministry Leader, member of the Aids Care Team, Worship Committee, Personnel Committee, Wednesday Night Ministry Committee, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, and is past Chairman of the Missions Committee and the Parish Life Committee.  She has served on search committees for both an assistant rector and youth minister.  Mrs. Park has been a delegate to Diocesan Convention on eleven occasions. 

Within the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, Mary Anne served as an elected member of the Diocesan Executive Committee and Standing Committee for three years, on the Commission on the Ministry of the Baptized in 2007, served initially as part of the Diocesan Young Vocations Task Force (DYVT) and as part of the leadership group for the Diocesan Recruitment of Young Vocations (DRYV) group, the program that grew out of DYVT.  She served on the Long Range Planning Committee for the Diocese since 2010, served 3 years as secretary for the Gravatt Convocation, and as the Lay Warden of the Gravatt Convocation. As Lay Warden, she served on the Commission on Convocations for two years.  Mary Anne also represented the Diocese as a deputy to General Convention in 2012, and is a deputy to General Convention in 2015. 

Ms. Regina Ratterree  -  1st Alternate
Regina is a communicant of All Saints' Cayce, where she currently serves as chalice bearer, lay reader, teller, member of the choir and a delegate to Diocesan Convention. She has served on vestry and as Jr. Warden and Sr. Warden (four times).

At the diocesan level she serves on The Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion and as Lay Alternate to General Convention 2015. Previously, she has served on your Diocesan Executive Council, Standing Committee, and as a Deputy to General Convention 2000. She has also served as  Chair of Total Ministry and of the Resolutions Committee for DC. In addition, Regina has served on the United Thank Offering Committee as ProvinceIV Rep, Member at Large, Vice President and then President during a 6-year term.She is a Past Diocesan President of the Episcopal Church Women and has attended their Triennial Meeting six times. Finally, Regina is Chairperson of the Overseas Bishops Dinner 2015 in Salt Lake City, sponsored by Church Periodical Club.


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