During a December meeting of the Board of Trustees, The Rt. Rev. Matt Gunter, Bishop of Fond du Lac, announced a plan to reorganize the diocesan staff effective January 1, 2023. “The catalyst to change,” Gunter remarked, “was a request of our current Lay Canon of Administration, Matthew Payne, to move into a half-time position to allow him time to follow other interests.” Payne has worked for the diocese for 23. Gunter shared his “appreciation of Matthew’s desire to continue to serve the diocese, especially as we consider possible reunion with the other Episcopal dioceses of Wisconsin.”
Three new positions will be initiated, and the current ones phased out. An Office Administrator will serve as advisor to the bishop and leadership in areas of administration, events, information management and communication. Current administrative assistant Lisa Baltes has been offered this full-time, executive level position and has accepted. A Business Administrator will serve as advisor to the bishop and leadership in areas of finance, property, and business procedure. Payne has been offered this half-time position and accepted. In addition, Payne has agreed to serve as transition consultant during the change period.
A Human Resources Manager is to be hired, who will provide human resources support for clergy and lay employees of the diocese and congregations in the areas of compensation and benefits. This quarter-time position will be advertised within the diocese. The expectation is the position will be filled by the end of January. Anyone interested in applying should click here.
Clergy and lay leaders may be speaking with different people in in different areas, but little disruption in regular diocesan operations is anticipated. The changes are within the adopted budget and provide a benefit of expanding knowledge and procedures among additional people.