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The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan is headquartered on Burdick Street in downtown Kalamazoo. (Map) Our staff includes four full-time employees, three part-time employees, four non-stipendary deacons and several volunteers who assist us on various projects during the year. To learn more about our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., please click here now.

We hope you'll get to know us so that we can all work together in service to God's people and our hurting world. To reach any of the staff members listed below, please click here now or call (269) 381-2710 for further assistance.

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The Rev. Canon Valerie Ambrose, Canon Missioner for the Central Region  |

The Rev. Canon Anne C. Hallmark, Canon Missioner for the Northern Region |

The Rev. Canon William J. Spaid, Canon MIssioner for the Southern Region |

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Molly Ettwein, Executive Assistant to the Bishop

Molly Ettwein joined the staff of the diocese in April 2012 as Executive Assistant to the Bishop. Molly worked for a large bank corporation for over 15 years before she left the corporate world to stay home with her two children. As her daughter and son build lives of their own, Molly looks forward to further exploring her interests in writing and sewing as well as weekend bicycle trips with her husband Tony.

Her responsibilities include everything it takes to keep the Bishop on schedule, caught up with correspondence, well-informed and prepared for events months and even years in advance. Phone: (269) 381-2710 ext. 14 (Send an e-mail to


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Genevieve Callard, Assistant to the Bishop for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Gennie was called to serve as the Assistant to the Bishop for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries with the Diocese of Western Michigan in October 2003. Her primary responsibility is assisting parishes with their children and youth ministry programs. She travels, visiting parishes, meeting with children and youth ministers, and putting on conferences for our Diocese. During the summer, she also serves as the director for the diocesan Episcopal Youth Camp, overseeing all programs and staff. Raised in a family of educators and (Episcopal) clergy, she grew up in this diocese, attending Good Shepherd in Allegan.

She has been working professionally with The Episcopal Church since 1985, when she was called to serve at the diocesan camp of Newark. In 1998 she joined the Bishop’s staff in the Diocese of Massachusetts. While living in Cambridge, MA, she continued her education through classes and seminars at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. She adores working with young people, but also enjoys helping the adults find their gifts and skills to minister to the young people in their parishes. Phone: (269) 381-2710 ext. 13 (Send an e-mail to

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Tammy Mazure, CPA, Assistant to the Bishop for Finance and Benefit Administration

Tammy has worked for EDWM since October 2005. She handles all accounting functions for the diocesan finances, including budget preparation and financial reporting. She administers and maintains the health/dental/vision plans for lay and clergy employees, as well as the pension benefit plans for lay and clergy employees in the diocese.  She serves the Bishop, vestries and treasurers in parishes, lay and clergy employees in parishes within the diocese, and Diocesan Council.

One of her areas of interest is in stewardship, i.e. the using and sharing of the resources that God gave us for the good of the mission. Even with her role in the diocese, she knows that churches aren’t all about money. She obtained her Associates of Applied Science from Glen Oaks Community College and her Bachelors in Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Married to Dan, the love of her life, Tammy is also Certified Public Accountant. She has one son and one daughter. Phone: (269) 381-2710 ext. 12 (Send an email to

Katie Forsyth, Canon for Evangelism and Networking

Katie holds a joint appointment by the Bishops of Western and Eastern Michigan to serve as Canon for Evangelism and Networking - supporting evangelism and story telling efforts of the two dioceses including oversight of all diocesan communications and support for local churches and organizations to fulfill our baptismal vow to proclaim the Good News.

Katie is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Public and Nonprofit Administration and Political Science. In addition to her work within the dioceses, she serves as the Eastern Michigan representative to the Board of the Dominican Development Group and the Executive Board of Province V of the Episcopal Church.

The best way to reach Katie is by email, at

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Cathy Rhodes, Finance Assistant

Cathy joined the EDWM staff in November 2012 to assist Tammy Mazure in accounting functions. Though originally headed toward hospitality management, her career path took a different course, resulting in accounting education and experience in varying industries.  She took a sabbatical from the corporate world in 2002 to focus on providing personal/business assistance to seniors wishing to remain independent.  This work was supplemented with part-time accounting positions in manufacturing, contracting, hospitality and law firms – a flexible schedule needed while raising two children, who are now 16 and 21. 

A lifelong Kalamazoo resident, Cathy takes pleasure in spending time with family and friends.  Taking advantage of Michigan’s four seasons, she enjoys camping, boating and snowmobiling, and especially cheering her daughter on in both soccer and basketball. (Send at email to

Deacons Appointed to Diocesan Ministries
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The Venerable Marilou Schlotterbeck, Interim Archdeacon, Deacon for Liturgy

Marilou was ordained in August of 1994 at St. Philip's Church in Beulah, and was recently appointed interim archdeacon in charge of deacons. She has served on the Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Council, Council of Deacons, treasurer and vice-chair of the Traverse Deanery, and has gone on two mission trips (to the Dominican Republic and New Orleans). Marilou's ministry is serving families in need. This includes her ministry as director of the Benzie County Baby Pantry which was started 10 years ago and has just recently built a new building. Marilou serves on several committees in her community: president of Children's Trust Fund, chair of Human Services Collaborative, member of the Food Coalition and volunteer at the Department of Human Services. She has also worked with Women's Resource Center, helping women who are abused, and as a doula, helping women who are pregnant. She has also facilitated a bereavement group out of hospice. She has been married 45 years and has 3 children and 9 grand-children. (Send an e-mail)

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The Rev. Cindy Nawrocki, Deacon for Domestic Mission Trips and Jubilees

        1. Cindy was ordained a deacon in the diocese in September 2003. She is currently assigned to the Bishop as the deacon for domestic mission trips and Jubilee Ministries. She also works as a hospice chaplain for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. She is a Peace and Justice Officer for Province V, and is on the Executive Council's Committee on Anti-Racism. She was elected as a delegate to the General Convention in 2015, and also serves on the Standing Committee and the Commission on Ministry.

          She retired in 2002 from a job with the State of Michigan. She has been assigned to the Bishop for about three years. She has 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is currently training to be a spiritual director. Phone: (269) 381-2710. (Send an e-mail)


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The Rev. Beth Drew, Deacon for the Millennium Development Goals and
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Beth was ordained in 2008 and was one of the first graduates of the David Oakerhater Schools for Deacons. She is assigned to the Bishop to promote knowledge and support of the Millennium Development Goals and also serves as the deacon for Western Michigan's Companionship initiative with the Dominican Republic.

Beth also serves as the Bishop's representative on the board of the Dominican Development Group in his absence and coordinates Western Michigan's mission project in San Marcos, Dominican Republic. Currently we are committed to a 5 year project building a church and school facility with the members of San Simon mission. She is charged with traveling the Diocese to call forth, empower, and inspire the baptized in Western Michigan to look for their role in fulfilling their own call to servant ministry.

Beth has been a Registered Nurse since 1980 and currently is employed with Borgess Research Institute as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. She has 2 grown children, 4 grandchildren and actively supports her husband, George, in his sports work with young people. Beth welcomes all opportunities to speak at your Sunday services, vestry or group meetings. She is liturgically assigned to St. Mark's in Coldwater when not traveling. Phone: (269) 244-9908 (Send an e-mail)

Diocesan Volunteers & Coordinators
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        1. Kay Hanson, EDWM Office Assistant

        2. Kay started volunteering at the Diocesan office when they were located on Lovers Lane. Her job consists of helping the staff, filing, answering the phone, mailings, typing as requested, input of data into ACS, etc. She also reads the monthly parish newsletters/web site information in order to compile a synopsis for the Bishop. A "cradle Episcopalian,” she grew up attending St Luke's in Kalamazoo and has since 1967 been a member of St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo.

          Kay is a retired RN  and worked at Bronson Hospital for over 40 years. Her husband Bill Hanson occasionally volunteers at the Episcopal Center and helps with annual convention registration. They have 2 grown married sons and 4 grandchildren. Kay enjoys working with the dedicated staff and meeting people from all over the diocese. Phone: (269) 381-2710

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Kenneth Reid, Ph.D., Coordinator for the Pastoral Care and Counseling Program

Dr. Ken Reid, a clinical social worker, coordinates the diocese's Pastoral Care and Counseling Program, which was established in 1970. Initially the program was created to address the needs of the clergy. Over the years it has evolved into an outreach ministry of the Diocese. Individual, group, premarital, marital, and family counseling are offered. In addition, pastoral care consultation is available to clergy.

Ken has been with the Program since 1976. Ken is professor emeritus of Social Work at Western Michigan University. He is also the author of "How Many Therapists Does It Take?: The Wit and Wisdom of Psychotherapy" (Learn more)

Common themes of counseling include depression, life transitions, post-traumatic stress, career challenges, grief and mourning, and interpersonal relationships. Professional counseling is intentionally made available at an affordable rate. There is a reduced fee for clergy and their families. Counseling and referrals are available by appointment. Generally, the initial interview will be within a week, depending on the scope and severity of the problem. Phone: (269) 381-4442 (Send an e-mail)