The Rev. Scott P. Bellows
St. David’s Church, Roland Park
I am honored to serve our diocese in 2012, bringing to bear my experience from 2009 and 2006. I have been rector of St. David‘s for three years, was rector of St. John‘s Parish, Hagerstown, for seven years, and assistant/associate rector at All Saints‘ Church, Frederick, for five years. In May 2010 I completed a 4-year term on Standing Committee, the last 3 years as president. Diocesan service includes: president, 2008 Dioce-san Convention; chair, Convention Liturgy Planning Team; member, Di-ocesan Liturgy & Music Committee; president, Washington County Re-gional Council; mentor, Exploring Ministry Program; member, Diocesan Council; president, Frederick Regional Council; member, Bishop Suffragan Search Committee.
The Rev. Adrien P. Dawson
St. Mark’s-on-the-Hill, Pikesville
In 2009 I attended my first General Convention in Anaheim. It was an in-credible experience of discovering in person the tremendous work of legislating the future of the church with representation from every diocese and province. I am passionate about a vision for the future of the Episcopal Church revealed by the collaborative efforts of the Holy Spirit and the Body of Christ present in us. I am energized by people, communication, collaboration and drawing order out of chaos. I serve a very diverse parish whose members help me understand the variety of perspectives present in our global church. If my first experience of GC2009 was like drinking from a fire hose, I am ready to return in 2012 armed with my sipping cup.
The Rev. M. Dion Thompson
Church of the Holy Covenant, Baltimore
I bring a unique perspective to the Episcopal Church. Before answering God‘s call, I was a newspaper man. Since then, I have served at Holy Covenant, where I am now the rector. I have loved helping our youth get involved in diocesan programs and have enjoyed bringing some innovative elements into our worship, such as jazz and dance. My current diocesan responsibilities include serving on the Compensation and Benefits Committee and the Commission on Ministry. I also am a mentor in the Discerning Our Vocations program, and tutor third graders at an elementary school near Holy Covenant. Top of the list, though, is my life as a father.
The Rev. Martha N. MacGill
Memorial Church, Bolton Hill, Baltimore
I am honored and privileged to represent the Diocese of Maryland at General Convention. My life in the Episcopal Church began in the Diocese of Virginia and has included time in the Diocese of Washington and the Diocese of Christ the King, South Africa. Along with my training as an attorney, I relish the opportunity to connect these experiences in the greater Church to my call to serve the Diocese of Maryland. I believe that the gathered church at General Convention is a critical resource and force to guide transformation and healing of the world’s most difficult is-sues from poverty to disaster relief.
The Rev. Dr. Allen Robinson
St. James’ Church, Lafayette Square, Baltimore
I seek this position because I remain passionate about the work that God is doing throughout our diocese and the wider church. I currently serve as Secretary of the Standing Committee and as a member of the Commission on Ministry. I am an active participant in the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and help facilitate positive systemic transformational change for inner-city residents.
Ms. Alma Thompson Bell
Memorial Church, Bolton Hill, Baltimore
I have been an Episcopalian for more than 40 years and a member of Memorial for more than 30 years. I hope to return to General Convention to participate as we move forward to answer future challenges. We cannot agree on all issues facing the Episcopal Church so we need deputies willing to listen and to respect each others‘ differences while we seek the truth. Previously at Memorial I have served as vestry member, and junior and senior warden. Previously at the diocese level: Standing Committee president; Commission on Ministry member; Bishop Claggett Center board member; Diocesan Convention co-chair and planning team member; General Convention deputy (2003, 2006, 2009).
Mr. Russell R. (Ronnie) Reno
Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore
I have served as a lay deputy to several General Conventions that increased my awareness of the issues facing our Church, and the challenges we have in finding solutions that accord with our beliefs and recognize our diversity. That service made me more effective as chancellor of the diocese and now as a member of Standing Committee. Previously, I was a partner in the Baltimore office of Venable LLP. Now I work pro bono as a staff attorney at the Public Justice Center to provide free legal services and advocacy in pursuit of changes in our legal and social systems to build a more just society. I have been a parishioner at Redeemer for many years during which I served on the vestry and as senior warden.
Ms. Jean Chapman
Emmanuel Church, Cumberland
I am currently a senior at Washington and Lee University, majoring in Medieval/Renaissance Studies and Art History. In my parish I served as an acolyte and a member of the vestry. Also, I was privileged to represent my parish at Diocesan Convention on three occasions. I attended the General Conventions of 2003 and 2006 as a guest, and I was honored to serve as a lay deputy from Maryland to the General Convention of 2009.
Mr. David Mallery
St. Martins-in-the-Field, Severna Park
I have been a deputy to General Convention for the previous three sessions, and honored to serve again in 2012. The Episcopal Church faces daunting challenges, both fiscal and spiritual in the coming years. The experience I have gained about the extensive legislative process that dominates the 10-day agenda, combined with the committees, hearings and frank discussions is a task I am ready for. Implicit in this responsibility is the willingness to communicate information and feedback to our communicants following General Convention.
Ms. Christine Kinard
Holy Trinity Church, Essex
I feel called to participate in our common life (parochial, diocesan and national). I bring, as a current member of Diocesan Council and former member of various diocesan committees (AIDS, Commission on Ministry, Standing Committee, among others), many years of experience and a willingness to serve the people of this diocese. I am active in the diocesan chapter of Integrity and can bring the voice of the LGBT community to the table. I love this Church and stand ready to make a positive contribution to its corporate life.