Next fasting date: April 12

Next meeting: April 6 at 9:30 a.m.

for Principal Sunday Services:

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and on earth: Look graciously on your Church and send your Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide those who shall choose a Bishop for this Diocese. Grant that they will choose a faithful shepherd, a steward of your Word and Sacraments, who will drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine, and vigorously promote missionary work and the spiritual growth of those entrusted to his care. Grant that we may receive a faithful pastor who will equip the saints for ministry in all that they undertake, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Slate of Nominees Announced

The Nominating Committee

Committee Chair:

Fr. Edward Kresowaty
St. Alban’s, Arlington
e-mail to:

Chaplain to the Committee:

Bishop Keith Ackerman


Fr. DeWayne Adams
St. Andrew’s, Breckenridge
Fr.  Jay Atwood – Secretary
 St. Francis, Willow Park
Fr. Sergio Diaz
San Miguel, Fort Worth
Fr. Michael Heidt
St. Mary’s, Hillsboro, and
Our Lady of the Lake, Laguna Park
Fr. Kingsley Jon-Ubabuco
St. Philip’s, Arlington
Fr. David Klein
St. John’s, Fort Worth
Fr. John Munson
St. John the Divine, Burkburnett
Fr. Lee Nelson
Christ Church, Waco
Fr. Andrew Petta
St. Barnabas, Fort Worth
Fr. Mark Polley
Christ the Redeemer, Fort Worth
Fr. Jeff Stubbs
St. Paul’s, Gainesville
Fr. Christopher Woodall
Holy Comforter, Cleburne
Fr. Jacob Worley
St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth
Charles Bellows
St. Patrick, Bowie
Melody Bradford
All Saints’, Weatherford
John Cook
St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth
Joe Francis
St. Peter & St. Paul, Arlington
Angela Fraser – Assisting Sec'ty
St. Laurence, Southlake
Jimmy Henry
St. John’s, Brownwood
Karina Loyo
San Juan, Fort Worth
Judy Mayo
St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth
Jesus Mota
St. Anne’s, Fort Worth
Debbie Petta
St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth
Melissa Smith
Christ the Redeemer, Fort Worth
Jim Stubblefield
Holy Apostles, Fort Worth
Walter Virden, III
St. Mark’s, Arlington
Jeff Wallace
Christ Church, Waco

April 22: The Nominating Committee is happy to announce the following nominees for Bishop Coadjutor:

The Rev. Christopher Culpepper
Rector, Christ the Redeemer, Fort Worth

The Rev. Michael Fry
Rector, All Saints’, Peachtree City, GA

The Rev. Joel Hampton
Rector, Church of the Holy Apostles, Fort Worth

The Very Rev. Ryan Reed
Dean, St. Vincent’s Cathedral Church, Bedford

Read about the nominees

Intentions for Praying through the Week

The committee asks all parishes, ministries, and individuals to join
them in prayer for the process of selecting a Bishop Coadjutor.
All are encouraged to pray daily during this time; click
the cross below for a guide to specific intentions.

Important 2019 calendar dates set

Following a Feb. 4 meeting, members of the Nominating Committee began organizing candidate visits and interviews, much as a search committee does when seeking a new rector. This will help the Committee determine a final slate of candidates, to be announced in Eastertide. Diocesan canons require at least three names to be placed in nomination. Biographical material and other information about each of the finalists will be published widely at that time. In addition, a process for submitting additional nominations by petition (also called ‘nominations from the floor’) will be announced.

On Saturday, May 11*, a Candidate Forum will be held at St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth, for all clergy and their wives, and all lay delegates and alternates. These representatives, coming from each congregation, will have time to ask questions of each nominee. Afterward, audio and video recordings from the Forum will be made public online. 

The Special Convention for the Election of a Bishop Coadjutor will be held Saturday, June 1*, at St. Vincent’s Cathedral. The name of the Coadjutor-elect will be announced that day.

In accord with ACNA canons, the College of Bishops must examine and approve the Coadjutor-elect. This will occur during their regular meeting on June 14-15. The bishops are scheduled to gather at Christ Church in Plano, the same location where the first Archbishop was installed 10 years ago. Once the College of Bishops gives its consent, the Coadjutor-elect will be eligible for consecration.

God willing, the consecration service for the Bishop Coadjutor will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle, with Archbishop Foley Beach and Bishop Iker serving as chief consecrators. This service will include representatives from each congregation and numerous guests. The Bishop Coadjutor will begin making parish visitations on Sunday, Sept. 22.

A retirement celebration for Bishop Iker will take place at a banquet following the opening Eucharist of the 37th annual Diocesan Convention, on Friday, Nov. 15, in Granbury. Retired Archbishop Robert Duncan will be the keynote speaker after dinner. The regular Convention business meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 16*.

Bishop Iker will continue to serve as chief pastor of the Diocese until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2019, when the Coadjutor will succeed him, becoming Fourth Bishop of Fort Worth on New Year’s Day. His service of installation as Diocesan Bishop will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Cathedral. Bishop Iker will hand him the bishop’s crosier at that time, completing the transition of leadership.

Bishop Iker and the Standing Committee extend their sincere thanks to the Nominating Committee for the work done so far and look forward to being updated on the committee's progress in the weeks ahead. Please continue to hold the members in your prayers and to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as our next Bishop is chosen.

*This is a Convention event.



Diocesan Profile (PDF)

Nomination Form (Due by Dec. 31, 2018)
This form can be completed online.

Two Prayers for use in services

Second Friday Fasting & Prayer Card

Aug. 20, 2018 Press Release

Canon 40
Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

Canon 8 of Title III
Canons of the Anglican Church in North America



for all other services:

ALMIGHTY God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give thy holy Apostles many excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy flock; we humbly request thy favor and blessing as we seek a new Bishop and defender of the faith for the Diocese of Fort Worth. In thy good time, bring us a good shepherd who will diligently preach thy Word and duly administer the godly discipline thereof, that we and all thy people may obediently follow the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Nomination Period Closes

On Saturday, Nov. 10, at the 36th Annual Diocesan Convention, the Chairman of the Nominating Committee announced the opening of the nomination period, which continued until Dec. 31, 2018. Copies of the Nomination Form and Diocesan Profile were distributed. These documents are also available as PDFs:

Diocesan Profile

Nomination Form


Each nomination has been acknowledged by the Chairman, and the nominees have been asked to provide biographical information and to respond to a set of questions about their faith and ministry. The deadline for these responses is Jan. 15, 2019.

A final slate of candidates will be announced in Eastertide. Delegates will have an opportunity to meet these final nominees in May.

The Special Convention for Election of a Bishop Coadjutor will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019, at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford.

The Nominating Committee calls on every member of the Diocese to participate in a day of fasting and prayer for the selection process on the second Friday of each month. A reminder card for this purpose has been published in English and Spanish.

Fasting & Prayer

First Meeting Held • Oct. 6, 2018

The Nominating Committee for the Election of a Bishop Coadjutor held its first meeting Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Also present were: the Rev. Christopher Culpepper, the President of the Standing Committee; and the Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman, who has been appointed by Bishop Iker to serve as the committee’s chaplain.

The members reviewed the selection process, which will be directed by the diocesan and provincial governing documents, particularly Canon 40 of this Diocese and Title III Canon 8 of the ACNA.

Two prayers for use throughout the Diocese were adopted, and subcommittees were formed to develop questions for the nominees and to support the process with prayer.