Clergy Conference



Virtual Clergy Conference 2020

Our conference this spring will be a simple, online gathering shaped to have focused and precise presentations from dynamic and engaging speakers.

Please join us to spend time with your Bishop in prayer, community and continuing to build personal connections. Our two speakers, The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek and Ms. Patricia (Pat) Lewis Finnell will be sharing tools and ideas to help us look to the future. 

Canon Timothy is a nationally known stewardship consultant.  His expertise will help us as we reframe our stewardship in the new landscape of church as we regather.  

Pat was with us this winter and lead the Board of Trustees at their annual retreat. She had them on the edge of their seats as she taught about identifying mission. She will engage and explore the triad of good governance; strategic, financial, and generative, weaving in the separate but intertwining roles of clergy and vestry.

You will not want to miss your time with Bishop Megan and these two exciting and engaging speakers. 

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In September 2016, the Rev. Canon Timothy M. Dombek became Rector of Advent Episcopal Church in Sun City West, Arizona; he also continues to serve part-time as Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Diocese of Arizona. Timothy and his family moved to Arizona in late 2007, when Timothy became Canon to the Ordinary for Bishop Kirk Smith, a position he held for six years before becoming Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving in 2013.  Prior to arriving in Arizona, Timothy served as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, South Carolina. 

In 2014, along with co-author Michael Durall, Timothy published the book, Making The Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete: How Churches Can Get Out of This Business Once and For All, available from VitalCongregations.com and for Kindle at Amazon.com.

From 1996 to 2000, Timothy served as school chaplain at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, a K-12 college-preparatory school in Columbia, South Carolina, while also priest-in-charge of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, in rural Jenkinsville, SC, one of the five historic African-American missions in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

The Dombeks moved to Columbia in 1996 from Church of the Transfiguration, in Dallas, Texas, after Timothy served a four-year curacy as Family Life Minister. Timothy graduated with his Master of Divinity in 1992 from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, in Evanston, Illinois.

Before ordained ministry, Timothy, worked five years as a Certified Financial Planner, following a six-year stint in broadcasting as a radio announcer in his home state of Indiana.  He and his wife, Beth, a retired Elementary school resource teacher, have been married since 1990, and they have one adult child, Jonathan.


Patricia F. Lewis, ACFRE, retired from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation in June 2018 where she had served as Sr. Professional-in-Residence for 16 years. Prior to moving to Arizona, she served in the faculty position of Nonprofit Professional-in-Residence at George Mason University in Virginia and managed the graduate Nonprofit Management Studies program. Ms. Lewis is a past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in Alexandria, Virginia. Concurrently, she served as Secretariat to the World Fundraising Council. Ms. Lewis previously served in Seattle, Washington as CEO of the Seattle-King County Council of Camp Fire Boys and Girls and as Director of Development for the Children’s Home Society of Washington State. She has served as a trainer for the Leader-to-Leader Institute (formerly the Drucker Foundation) and as chief operating officer of the National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise.

Ms. Lewis’ extensive professional and volunteer service has focused in the areas of professional development, nonprofit governance, youth causes, mental health and civic work. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards both as a member and an officer, including Treasurer of the AARP Foundation, and as Chair of the Board for the Alexandria, VA Symphony Orchestra, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, the Sun Health Foundation and the MORE Foundation. Among others she has served on the Seattle and Tacoma, WA Municipal Leagues, WA State Governor’s Commission on Children, the AARP Arizona Executive Council, member of the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteering and currently serves on the Boards of Benevilla, Sun Health and the MORE Foundation. She serves as Assistant Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of her church where she had also served as Treasurer. She has previously served as faculty with the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s Fund Raising School and as adjunct faculty with the University of Washington.

Ms. Lewis has lectured throughout the United States and in Australia, England, the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, Israel and the Philippines on not-for-profit governance, fund raising, strategic planning, association management and the strengthening of the NGO sector. She has been published in a number of journals and newspapers on subjects related to philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector. Ms. Lewis has received numerous awards including a 2007 Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising from Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy. Ms. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Business School with a degree in Marketing, and has studied at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She is an Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE).

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