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News Release

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
2900 Alemeda Street
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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The Rt. Rev. Jack. Leo Iker, Bishop


The Rev. Ryan Reed, SSC,
elected Dean of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church

BEDFORD– The vestry of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas, has elected the Rev. Ryan Reed, SSC, to fill the position of Dean of the church. Dean-elect Reed, who is 34, spent his curacy at St. Vincent's after graduating from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in 1996. He has been the vicar of Ascension and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Wise County since August 1998. His call to become Dean has the enthusiastic approval of the Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker, Bishop of Fort Worth.

"We are delighted that a 'son of the Diocese' has been called to this key position," Bishop Iker said in an announcement to diocesan clergy.

"Fr. Reed is an exceptional priest who has been deeply involved in a number of diocesan leadership positions. He has particular gifts for preaching and teaching, for youth ministry, and in nurturing the ministry of the laity. It is recognized by his colleagues that he has a wisdom and maturity beyond his years. St. Vincent's Cathedral Church and School are very fortunate to have such a leader for the future growth and development of their ministry. I am delighted that he has been called and has accepted this new responsibility."

A native of Omaha, Neb., Dean-elect Reed moved with his family to the Houston area when he was 10 years old and attended Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Kingwood, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Political Science. In 1991 he became Youth Minister at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. There he married his wife, Kathy, who is also an A&M graduate. He left St. Andrew's in 1993 to attend seminary. He was ordained to the Diaconate in May 1996 and to the Priesthood in January 1997. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve as an infantry officer from 1990 to 1993 and was a chaplain in the Individual Ready Reserves from 1996 to 1998.

"Kathy and I are really overjoyed about returning to St. Vincent's," Fr. Reed says. "I say that with great humility, because it is both an honor and an awesome call – in the true sense of the word awesome. We are excited about the vision of St. Vincent's for the future."

Fr. Reed serves on numerous diocesan committees, including the Executive Council, the Finance Committee, the Commission on Lay Ministry, and the Committee on Hispanic Affairs. He is the diocesan Armed Forces Representative and served as alternate clerical deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in July 2000. He is a member of Societas Sanctae Crucis, the international Society of the Holy Cross. As vicar of Ascension and St. Mark's he has initiated a ministry to the Hispanic community, holding weekly Spanish-language services.

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth consists of 55 congregations serving 24 North Central Texas counties. The major cities in the diocese include Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Wichita Falls Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, Brownwood, and Stephenville. The Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker has served as the third Diocesan Bishop of Fort Worth since 1995.


Contact: Suzanne Gill
Communications Officer
Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
817-244-2885 ext. 11