Nominees for Elected Offices
The Rev. Catherine Wagar
Deacon, St. Mark’s Church, Van Nuys / Chaplain, Olive View UCLA Medical Center
2012-2017: Deacon, St. Philip the Evangelist, South LA.
2019-present: Deacon, St. Mark’s, Van Nuys. Chaplain, Olive View UCLA Medical Center
Deacons appreciate and bring energy to the synapse between the church and the world. Canterbury USC is an exemplary young adult ministry, which, besides providing spiritual support for USC students, also extends into the community with music (MiX); Dream Haven, which offers housing to young adults “in transition”; and the Wednesday Night Café. It would be a privilege to assist in the continuing development of this ministry.
Corporation of the Diocese
(Canon) Annette V. Graw
Member, St. Bede’s Church, Los Angeles
Secretary, Corporation of the Diocese; Deanery 3 president. Master’s in Theology, Loyola Marymount. Assistant Secretary of Convention. Past President, board member, Canterbury USC. REALTORâ Emeritus.
I have enjoyed my work on the Corporation of the Diocese, and I believe that my extensive
background in real estate, brokerage, financing, and knowledge of rental housing issues is valuable to our discussions as the Corporation continues in our new environment of transparency, while shepherding the Feeding Hungry Hearts Foundation. I ask your support so I may continue with the Board to prayerfully plan for our future.
Diocesan Council, Clergy
The Rev. George Okusi
Rector, St. John the Divine Church, Costa Mesa
Kenyan born. Diocesan GFS chaplain; Commission on Ministry; Program Groups on Global Partnership, Black Ministries; Clergy Interfaith Group (Orange County); Costa Mesa City Prayer Group.
I would love to work with the business of Convention between the annual meetings. I possess the desire to see our church grow and I believe I can contribute to this! I need your votes. Thank you!
General Convention Deputy, Lay
Member, St. Mary’s Church (Mariposa), Los Angeles
Fourth-generation member St. Mary's (Mariposa); General Convention Deputy 2012, 2015, and 2018; Kaleidoscope Institute Office Coordinator, Bloy House seminarian.
I would be honored to continue representing the Diocese of Los Angeles as a General Convention Deputy in 2021. I have served on legislative committees at the last two General Conventions, both times serving on the committee dealing with resolutions about lifelong formation, an apt topic given our diocesan convention theme. Since last General Convention, I was named to the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations and have been working with fellow deputies from across the church as we collect names for nomination to churchwide offices that will be voted on at the 2021 General Convention. It would mean a great deal to me to be able to be present on the floor as the elections for those offices take place after having been an integral part of the process.
General Convention is also about reconnecting with friends and colleagues from across the church. It is nice to be able to balance the hard work of convention with spending time with friends. I would continue to be an active part of the social media presence discussing events as they happen. I look forward to being able to represent our wonderful and diverse diocese in the governance of the wider Episcopal Church.
(Canon) Andy Tomat
Member, St. Barnabas’ Church, Pasadena
Treasurer of the Diocese (volunteer). Diocese Investment Trustee. Corporate Finance Executive. Previously served as senior warden, treasurer, and vestry member.
General Convention considers how we govern ourselves from the local church up to the national level, often with financial impacts. I believe it’s important to balance our call to be the best examples of the Jesus movement in our communities with the realities of what our smaller missions and parishes can afford.