Staff Directory

The diocesan staff serves the people and parishes of the Diocese of Milwaukee as they come to see, know, and serve Jesus, in the local and worldwide mission of the church. To dial staff directly, call 414-272-3028 or toll-free 800-236-3028, plus the listed extension.

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The Rt. Rev. Steven Miller


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Bishop Steven Miller oversees the mission and ministry of the diocese, the liturgy and worship of the church, and the pastoral care and discipline of the clergy and parish leadership. The bishop has a liaison function between the diocese and its parishes, the diocese and The Episcopal Church, the diocese and the Anglican Communion, and the diocese in its ecumenical relationships. The bishop prays, studies, preaches, teaches, and makes provision for the sacraments throughout the diocese. 

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Peggy Bean

Canon for Congregations

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As the Canon for Congregations, Ms. Bean helps congregations assess their strengths and opportunities for growth, and coordinates training and resources for leadership and ministry development. She is also the lead trainer for our Diocesan Church Development Institute (DCDI) which trains clergy and lay leadership teams. As the diocesan Transition Minister, she assists congregations as they enter a search process for ordained leadership, and she will also help clergy as they look for a new position. The Fresh Start program is a two-year program for clergy in a new position and she is the lead trainer for this as well.

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Patty Jaffke

Office Coordinator

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The Office Coordinator assists the bishop with calendar coordination and oversees the daily operation of the Bishop's Office and Nicholson House, including communications technology and property management, which is also provided for the St. Andrew's, Milwaukee building. Ms. Jaffke also coordinates the health and life insurance program for clergy and lay employees of the diocese and congregations, as well as assisting in finances and convention coordination.

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Barbara Klauber

Administrative Assistant

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The Administrative Assistant serves the diocese and parishes by supporting the flow of communication — responds to diocesan email, assists the bishop with correspondence, produces mailings, greets callers and visitors to the diocesan office, produces a weekly electronic newsletter and updates the diocesan website. Ms. Klauber also coordinates the diocesan convention and provides support for other diocesan events.



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The Finance Officer is a Certified Public Accountant who manages all aspects of the diocesan finance office, from day to day activities such as depositing income and issuing invoices and payments, to quarterly and annual activities such as preparing financial statements and reports for review by the Finance Committee/Executive Council.  A major function of the Finance Office is the preparation, with the Finance Committee, of the annual diocesan budget.  The Finance Officer also serves as a resource to parishes and diocesan entities and oversees the parish financial review program.

Sara Bitner

Communications Officer

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The Communications Officer is responsible for finding and sharing stories of God’s mission throughout the Diocese of Milwaukee. Ms. Bitner maintains the diocesan website and social media, produces newsletters and promotions for diocesan activities, and provides communications support to diocesan parishes.




As Missioner for Community Engagement, Kevin Stewart spends much of his time developing and nurturing trusting relationships with those in the community, many who may not be worshipping in our churches on Sunday mornings. He identifies possible opportunities for engagement and extends invitations to join in faithful service and meaningful ministries. Kevin represents the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee at community events throughout the diocese but with particular attention to the greater Milwaukee area. Along with Roman Catholic deacon Jim Banach, Kevin founded Collars on the Corner, a ministry of presence and prayer. Kevin is also active in the anti-gun violence movement in Milwaukee.

According to Deacon Stewart…
The words stated by another are sure: The people we serve and partner with may not come into our churches on Sunday, but they join us as we serve and minister to one another. This adage provides a focus for me as Missioner for Community Engagement, along with providing us guidance and understanding. Community engagement is about developing trusting relationships, identifying possibilities, naming opportunities, and extending invitations to join in faithful service and meaningful ministries. My role is to support you — persons and parishes — of the diocese as you passionately engage and purposely serve your communities.