The Dominican Development Group


The Dominican Development Group (DDG) was founded in October 1998 and is a unique mission organization within the Episcopal Church. The DDG was created to assist the Dominican Episcopal Church in obtaining financial self-sufficiency.

Since its founding, several churches, schools, and other projects have been completed with funds raised by the DDG. The DDG is essential if the diocese wants to sustain its growth.

The primary goal of the DDG is to seek human, material, and financial resources that are required to maintain the diocese’s rate of growth and to provide the diocese with the ability to maintain high-quality programs.

Organizationally, the DDG is incorporated in the State of Florida, and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization. This is important, because contributions sent directly to the Dominican Episcopal Church by individuals are not tax-deductible since the Dominican diocese is based in a foreign country. Donations sent to the DDG are tax-deductible.

The DDG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of clergy and lay leaders. The current President is the Rev. Deacon Beth Drew from the Diocese of Western Michigan. Other officers for 2016-2017 include the Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguin (Dominican Republic), 1st Vice-President; the Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr., (Michigan), 2nd Vice-President; Julia Ariail (Georgia), Secretary; and David Morrow (Northwest Texas), Treasurer. Bill Kunkle, an experienced mission team leader from the Diocese of Southwest Florida, has been Executive Director since June 1, 2013.

The Diocese of the Dominican Republic has companion relationships with the Dioceses of Central Gulf Coast, Eastern Michigan, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwest Texas, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida, Western Louisiana, and Western Michigan. The DDG serves as a clearinghouse in maintaining these relationships.

The DDG’s office is located in Tampa, FL. Contact information:

Mailing address:
The Dominican Development Group | PO Box 272261 | Tampa FL 33688-2261 USA

Office location:
The Dominican Development Group | C/O St. Mark’s Episcopal Church | 13312 Cain Road | Tampa FL 33625-4004 USA

Voice: (813) 400-2722 | Fax: (813) 963-5082
Email: bkunkle@dominicandevelopmentgroup.org