Catherine Cameron-Heldt to Retire

Friends in Christ,

With mixed emotions, we share that Catherine Cameron-Heldt, Western Michigan’s Diocesan Office Administrator, will enter her well-deserved retirement on May 31, 2024.

Catherine came on board our diocesan staff in September 2020, in the midst of a pandemic and without a bishop in place. Over the last three and a half years, she has strengthened our office processes and organization, provided crucial stability through various transitions, and has been the first point of relationship for anyone entering or calling our Grand Rapids office. We will truly miss her presence, humor, and contributions to our staff team, including in no small part her encyclopedic knowledge of the West Michigan dining scene! We send her off into retirement with our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the impact she’s made on both of our dioceses.

Invited to offer some words to the dioceses, Catherine writes, “I am so thankful to have served with and alongside the staff and the people of both dioceses. I could not have asked for a better opportunity. I appreciate you all. Thank you, from the bottom of my grateful heart.”

With the goal of filling the position with enough time for Catherine to assist with on-boarding, the Joint Standing Committees are working with the bi-diocesan personnel committee to review the current job description, publish the opening, and begin recruitment as soon as possible. We expect that the position will continue to be full-time and based in the Grand Rapids office, and acknowledge that some specific responsibilities and logistics may shift as we progress into our diocesan alignment over the next several months.

Please join us in offering our sincere gratitude for Catherine’s service amongst us and our celebration for her retirement. Catherine’s email address is, or notes can be addressed to her at the Western Michigan office at 1815 Hall St SE, Suite 200 Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Easter Blessings,

The Standing Committee of Eastern Michigan:

The Rev. Donald Davidson
St. Paul’s, Flint

Jelecia Geraghty
St. Paul’s, Flint

Neil Hargrave
St. John’s, Dryden

Barb Ilkka, President
St. John’s, Saginaw

The Ven. Linda Crane
Grace, Port Huron

The Rev. Jerry Lasley
St. Christopher’s, Grand Blanc

The Standing Committee of Western Michigan:

The Rev. Valerie Ambrose
St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids

The Rev. Molly Bosscher
St. Andrew’s, Grand Rapids

Freya Gilbert
St. Paul’s, St. Joseph

Carole Redwine
St. Philip’s, Grand Rapids

The Rev Anne Schnaare, President
Grace, Grand Rapids

Ellen Schrader
Grace, Traverse City

Fred Skidmore
St. Andrew’s, Grand Rapids

The Rev. Eileen Stoffan
St. Paul’s, Muskegon


Photo: Angela Krueger (Assistant to the Bishop, Eastern Michigan), Catherine Cameron-Heldt, and Sara Philo (bi-diocesan Chief Financial Officer) smile for a photo at a joint diocesan convention.