The Assembly of Elders

The Assembly of Elders is the executive of the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) of The United Church of Canada. The presiding officer of the Assembly of Elders is called the Speaker.


The vision of the Assembly of Elders by which we evaluate progress is based on:

  1. Supporting and enhancing the life of Communities of Faith where ministry takes place
  2. Nurturing Social Justice and Outreach programs
  3. Building Communications

Three council structure

As of January 1, 2019, The United Church of Canada adopted a three-council structure, consisting of communities of faith, regional councils and a denominational council.  The East Central Ontario Regional Council is one of 16 new regional councils in The United Church of Canada, replacing former conferences and presbyteries.

Governance handbook

This Handbook contains an outline of the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) governance structure; descriptions of its leadership teams; and terms of reference for its policies.

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Please note: This list includes regular in-person and interim (zoom) meetings


  • Friday December 6, 2019 9am-12 ZOOM
  • Friday January 10, 2020  9am-12 ZOOM
  • Friday February 7, 2020  9am – 12 ZOOM
  • Friday March 6, 2020
  • Friday April 3, 2020
  • Friday May 8, 2020  9am -12 ZOOM
  • Friday June 12, 2020 9am – 12 ZOOM
  • Friday September 11, 2020 9am – 12 ZOOM
  • September 24-26,  ZOOM


Speaker (Presiding Officer)

Reverend Paul Reed, Kirkfield

Lay Members

Steve Coles, Bowmanville
Marilyn Fortin, Belleville
Shannon Marsellus, Whitby
Ted Meyers, Uxbridge
Nancy Sutherland, Peterborough

Ministry Personnel

Reverend Ryan McNally, Cannifton
Reverend Stevan Spicer, Wellington
Reverend Jean Wilson, Castleton/Grafton
Reverend Phil Wilson, Yarker

Corresponding (non-voting) Members

Executive Minister, Reverend Rosemary Lambie
Treasurer, Brian James
Recording Secretary, Joel Miller
All East Central Ontario Regional Council staff

Regional Council meeting minutes

2020 Meeting, September 25-26

Fall business meeting, November 9, 2019

Inaugural meeting May 31-June 2, 2019

From the Manual

From The Manual (2019) p. 81
C. Regional Council | C.3 Organization | C.3.1 Executive

C.3.1.1 Appointment
The regional council is responsible for appointing an executive to do the continuing work of the regional council when the regional council is not meeting.

C.3.1.2 Membership
The executive must consist, to the extent possible, of a balance of ministry personnel and lay members who are not ministry personnel.

C.3.1.3 Responsibilities
The executive has all of the responsibilities of the regional council, unless the regional council has decided otherwise.

C.3.1.4 Reporting
The executive must report its actions to the regional council for information and for inclusion in the minutes of the regional council.

C.3.2 Committees and Other Bodies
The regional council may fulfill its responsibilities with the help of officers, committees, task groups, steering groups, teams, and other bodies, as determined by the regional council. The regional council must designate a member to fill the role of the leading Elder or presiding officer under section D.1.1 d).