Executive Council

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The Executive Council carries out the policies and programs adopted by the annual Diocesan Convention; oversees the financial affairs of the diocese, including clergy and staff compensation standards, contracts, leases, loans, mortgages, property conveyance, and budget preparation; receives reports from various boards, committees, agencies, and offices; and makes long-range policy and program recommendations to Diocesan Convention.

The Executive Council is composed of the bishop who serves as president of Council; the executive secretary of the diocese who serves as secretary of Council; and the diocesan treasurer who serves as the council’s treasurer; and six clergy and six lay members, who are elected to staggered terms by Diocesan Convention.

See the Constitution and Canons for a further description of the Council’s duties and membership.

In 2012 the Executive Council began building the framework for a long-range strategic planning process by forming a partnership with the Episcopal Church Foundation for designing the process.  As noted by Canon to the Ordinary David Pfaff in his report to Council:  “. . . the time is now to undertake a significant study of the diocese—its deficits, liabilities, challenges and points of weakness, along with its assets, strengths, opportunities and considerable human resources and potential, to discern how its ministry might be most faithfully shaped for the next three to five years, what measurable outcomes might help us to stay on that task, and what kinds of resources are or will be needed for the short and long-term work of whatever it is that God is calling us to be, as the Episcopal Church in the southern third of Wisconsin.”

Contact Information

You can reach the Executive Council by contacting the Rev. Marge Kiss, Executive Secretary, at  . You may also want to get in touch the following members serving as contact persons for certain areas:

Finance Committee: Clyde Bachand

Global Reconciliation Commission: Carol Smith

Commission on Mission and Development: Peggy Bean

Professional Standards: Jan Merkt

2013 Strategic Planning Task Force Report 



Executive Council Minutes January 19 2012

Executive Council Minutes February 16 2012

Executive Council Minutes  March 22 2012

Executive Council Minutes August 16 2012

Executive Council Minutes September 14 2012

Executive Council Minutes December 06, 2012 

Executive Council Minutes January 26, 2013

Executive Council Minutes April 27, 2013

Executive Council Minutes May 21, 2013

Executive Council Minutes June 27, 2013 

Executive Council Minutes July 25, 2013

Executive Council roster 2011-2012 

Executive Council roster 2012-2013

Executive Council Minutes January 18, 2014

Executive Council Minutes March 29, 2014 

Executive Council special approval July-August 2014 

Executive Council Minutes September 13, 2014 

Executive Council Minutes March 2015

Executive Council Minutes May 2015

Executive Council Minutes September 2015

Executive Council Minutes November 14, 2015

Executive Council Minutes February 2016

Executive Council Minutes April 2016

Executive Council Minutes May 2016

Executive Council Minutes Jan 2017

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Bishop Steven Miller's sermon at the 171st Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee.

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Upcoming Events


Commission on Mission and Development

First Tuesday of the month, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Finance Committee Meeting

Second Wednesday of the month, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM