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. Updated as of June, 2021. Download or read online by clicking the link below. 

ECORC Governance Handbook

Assembly of Elders Minutes


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


  • Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 ~ 9am-12pm ZOOM
  • Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 ~ 9am-12pm ZOOM


Speaker (Presiding Officer)
  • Reverend Paul Reed, Kirkfield
Lay Members
  • Treasurer, Brian James
  • Steve Coles, Bowmanville
  • Marilyn Fortin, Belleville
  • Ted Meyers, Uxbridge
  • Nancy Sutherland, Peterborough
  • Kathleen Whyte, 
Ministry Personnel
  • Executive Minister, The Reverend Rosemary Lambie
  • The Reverend Don McLean, Hastings
  • The Reverend Lynn Watson, Bancroft
  • The Reverend Phillip Wilson, Yarker
  • Retired Supply Minister, Ian Robb
Corresponding (non-voting) Members
  • Recording Secretary, Joel Miller
  • All East Central Ontario Regional Council staff

Regional Council Meeting Information

2021 Annual Spring Meeting June 4 & 5: Find all information HERE

2020 Meeting, September 25-26

Fall business meeting, November 9, 2019

Inaugural meeting May 31-June 2, 2019

From the Manual

From The Manual (2021) 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).