Next fasting date: May 10

Special Convention: June 1, 2019

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.

Report of the Nominating Committee

Profiles of
the Nominees

Since October, the Nominating Committee has spent many hours in prayer and fasting; thought and discernment; patience and guidance;  travel and examination.   

The result is a slate of four nominees for Bishop Coadjutor. Following the requirements laid out in Canon 40 of our Diocese, we believe the Holy Spirit has guided us to these candidates and them to us. 

Our process began with meetings to articulate the qualities and qualifications for a bishop of this Diocese. We called for nominations and then considered each name carefully. The candidates answered a lengthy questionnaire and submitted their resumes and other material, including college transcripts and medical reports. Finally, small teams went out to meet each of the finalists in his home parish, spending time with him and his wife.

Meanwhile, throughout the Diocese, people were at prayer, fasting on the second Friday of each month, and remembering the committee and its charge at every Sunday and weekday worship service. We ask God’s protection and above all his leading, so that we will discern and obey his will for our future.

Our prayers and work will culminate on June 1, when diocesan clergy and elected lay delegates from every congregation will gather at St. Vincent’s Cathedral for a Special Convention to choose a Coadjutor for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.

In preparation for this, on May 11, the lay delegates*, the alternate lay delegates*, the clergy and their wives have been asked to gather at St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth, for a Candidate Forum. Here they will be able to ask questions and have dialogue with the nominees, beginning their discernment process under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

I will warn you: It isn’t going to be easy. The  nominees are very qualified. Have we found who God has sent to us? As I said when I addressed the Diocesan Convention last November, we are approaching a cross­roads in the life of our Diocese.  Our hope and our future are in God’s hands. We must not be tempted to elect by any other means than prayer, fasting, guid­ance and discernment in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Very Rev. Edward Kresowaty

*including representatives from several congregations within
the Diocese that do not have a vote at Convention

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

Video message from Fr. Culpepper (YouTube)
Q & A at the Candidate Forum (YouTube)

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

Video message from Fr. Fry (YouTube)
Q & A at the Candidate Forum (YouTube)

The Rev. Joel Hampton
Rector, Holy Apostles, Fort Worth

Video message from Fr. Hampton (YouTube)
Q & A at the Candidate Forum (YouTube)

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

Video message from Dean Reed (YouTube)
Q & A at the Candidate Forum (YouTube)


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



Timeline of Events

August 2018
Bishop Iker and Standing Committee
issue call for a Bishop Coadjutor

September 2018
Nominating Committee selected
from throughout the Diocese

October 6, 2019
First meeting of the Committee

Nov. 10 – Dec. 31, 2018
Nomination period

January – March, 2019
Nominating Committee’s
discernment period, including
visits to candidates

April 22, 2019
Slate of Nominees announced

May 11, 2019
Forum with the Nominees
for all clergy and spouses,
elected lay delegates and alternates

June 1, 2019
Special Convention for the
Election of a Bishop Coadjutor

June 14-15, 2019
Consent process in the
ACNA College of Bishops

September 21, 2019
God willing, Consecration
of the Bishop Coadjutor

November 15, 2019
Retirement Banquet for Bishop Iker

January 4, 2020
Bishop Coadjutor to be seated
as Fourth Bishop of Fort Worth

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.