AED Board - 2020 Election
Deacon Candidate #1
Paul Douglas Aparicio
Diocese: Fond du Lac
Present Employment: Electrical Engineer at Curt G. Joa, Inc.
Current Ministries: I lead a transformational ministry with neighbors who
struggle with generational poverty.
Current Church Assignment: Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan, WI.
Previous Positions: Senior Warden; Junior Warden; Vestry Member; Deacons Council; Commission on Ministry(current); GC2021 Task Force(current); GC2021 Worship Committee(current).
Education: Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,
Project Management Associate
Prior Board Experience: Board of Directors for Love In the Name of Christ - Sheboygan Chapter; Charter Organization Representative for Scout Troop 801; Board of Directors for Grace Walsingham Foundation.
Skill sets: I have a skillset in community organizing and non-profits with leading a transformational ministry that focuses on life skills for those that come from generational poverty. I also have a skillset in project management where I lead multi-million dollar projects from inception to commissioning. This requires project planning, risk management, budget reporting, and change management throughout the life of the project.
How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?While I am energized by ideas creatively identified by the non-profit groups I am a part of and the potential they have to fulfill the vision we are striving for, I find that what I bring to the table is the ability to ground the conversation through creating a project focused framework. By guiding the team in setting realistic timelines, identifying key milestones, and working towards shared agreement on next steps, it has allowed for greater success and more meaningful outreach in the initiatives we have taken on as a team.
What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
My vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons is to strengthen the current foothold as the premier resource and voice for the Diaconate in The Episcopal Church and wider Anglican Communion. I see our responsibility to foster a communal presence across the Church in each diocese as a continuation of the legacy before and an opportunity to grow that calls new deacons from all backgrounds, fosters continual learning, and integrates diaconal leadership in all levels of governance. Personally, the AED has been a true blessing of diaconal community and clarity that I pray not only meets other Deacons but also becomes a road map for Bishops, Priests, and the Lay Leadership for pursuing diaconal programs at the local level. My hope is for the Association to polish the diaconal lens that Christ yearns for to interpret the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world to the Church.