Congregational Development

Strengthening our congregations to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through the ministry of the baptized.

10264599-10203205698130947-4200565008516041040-nOur diocese has a Congregational Development Commission (CDC) whose goal is to empower the leaders of our churches to guide their congregations to discern God’s call for their unique ministry as a congregation and to develop a clearly defined plan for growth that includes regular evaluations to ascertain progress toward those goals.

The Congregational Development Commission supports and strengthens congregations by:

  • Providing Commission members to meet with church leaders, help identify congregational needs for development, and assist in establishing goals as well as long-term budgeting and financial planning.
  • Making grants to support congregational programs in the areas of stewardship, evangelism and church growth. Learn more about CDC grants and how to apply here.
  • Sponsoring educational opportunities, such as our Learn and Lead events, which have given our congregations the opportunity to learn about stewardship and communications.

Commission on Congregational Development Members


  • Mr. James Burgess, All Saints Memorial Church, Providence
  • Ms. Joanie Collins, St. James Church, North Providence
  • The Rev. Elizabeth Habecker, St. Michael’s Church, Bristol
  • The Rev. Jennifer West, Grace Church, Providence


  • Ms. Susan LaFreniere, Emmanuel Church, Cumberland
  • Ms. Lora MacFall, St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea, Little Compton
  • The Rev. Pamela Gregory, Trinity Church, North Scituate
  • The Rev. Robert Marshall, St. John’s Church, Barrington


  • Ms. Ann Hamm, St. Agustine’s Church, Kingston
  • Mr. Joel Gardner, St. Luke’s, East Greenwich
  • The Rev. Craig Swan, St. Peter’s by-the Sea, Narragansett
  • The Rev. Linda Griggs, St. Martin’s, Providence

Bishop’s Staff

  • Canon Betsy Fornal, Canon for Program
  • Canon Linda L. Grenz, Canon to the Ordinary