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Call for the Election of a Bishop Coadjutor

October 8, 2018

Committee begins its work

The Nominating Committee for the Election of a Bishop Coadjutor held its first meeting Saturday, Oct. 6. Also present were: the Re.. 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.

The committee will meet again on Saturday, Oct. 20, and will make a report to the Diocese during the Convention business meeting on Nov. 10, to include an explanation of the nomination process. After that, the committee will begin accepting names of nominees.


October 2, 2018

Nominating Committee formed

The Bishop and Standing Committee are announcing the completion of the canonical process of selecting members for the Nominating Committee for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor.

Following the requirements set out in diocesan Canon 40, 14 clergy and 14 lay members were elected in a process that began on Sept. 13 and concluded Oct. 1. Eight members were selected by the Executive Council; 12 members were elected in Deanery meetings held around the Diocese; and a final eight members were selected by the Standing Committee.

Fr. Edward Kresowaty, the rector of St. Alban’s Church in Arlington, has been appointed by Bishop Iker to head the committee. The first meeting is to be held this Saturday, Oct. 6. 

The Committee members are:

Fr. DeWayne Adams (St. Andrew’s, Breckenridge)
Fr.  Jay Atwood (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. John Jordan (St. Laurence, Southlake)
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 (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. Barnabas, 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)

Please keep the committee’s work in your prayers. 

 
 

 
TO THE CLERGY AND LAITY
OF THE DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH
August 20, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

After prayerful discernment and reflection, I have decided the time has come for us to begin the search process that will lead next year to the election and consecration of a new Bishop as my successor.

As you know, I am now in my 26th year as your Bishop, and in a few days I will celebrate my 69th birthday. In order to make way for new leadership, it is my intention to retire on December 31, 2019.

The first step is the election of a Nominating Committee, under the provisions of Canon 40, on the “Election of a Bishop.” In September and October, 14 clergy and 14 lay members will be elected to serve on the committee, and the Standing Committee will elect a chairman. A profile of the Diocese will be compiled in October, and then nominations for Bishop will be received until the end of December.

The Nominating Committee will research the list of nominees and conduct interviews in the early months of 2019. The Committee will provide the names of at least three nominees to stand for election at a Special Convention on June 1 of next year. The Bishop Coadjutor-elect would be approved by the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America at their regular June meeting, and tentative plans have been made for his consecration on Sept. 21, 2019.

The new Bishop would serve with me until the end of December, and his formal installation as Diocesan Bishop would be held in early January 2020.

As we move forward together in the months ahead, we are confident of God’s grace and guidance as things unfold. Thank you for your prayerful support of this process, that it may be led by the Holy Spirit.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth