Bishop Christopher Epting named to assist in Diocese of Chicago

By ENS staff
Posted Dec 13, 2011

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting in January will become the assisting bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

Epting is the retired bishop of the Diocese of Iowa who later served for nine years as the presiding bishop’s deputy for ecumenical and interreligious relations. He retired from that position at the end of 2009.

Epting was elected bishop of the Diocese of Iowa in 1988, following 16 years as a parish priest in the Diocese of Central Florida. During his tenure in Iowa, Epting focused on the ministry of all the baptized, the renewal of the diaconate, spiritual formation and ecumenical relations both locally and nationally. He was a leader in the state council of churches and chaired the Episcopal Church’s writing team for “Called to Common Mission” outlining the full communion relationship between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America begun in 2001.

Epting and Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee met when Epting was the rector of St. Mark’s Church in Cocoa, Florida and Lee was in seminary. In Chicago, Epting “will be sharing in the visitation schedule and exercising his considerable talents in other ways around the diocese,” Lee said in his announcement.

Epting blogs at “That We All May Be One.


Comments (2)

  1. The Rev'd Canon Samir J. Habiby, Retired Priest, and a retired U.S. Naval Chaplain (Diocese of Georgia) says:

    Warmest congratulations to the Diocese of Chicago and to Bishop Epting on his appointment to continue his wonderful Ministry of servanthood. Years ago, I was a diocesan Postulant from St. Matthew’s Church, Evanston, with my then Rector, the late Bishop Fredreck Putnam. Now at the age of 78, I continue to give thanks for the vibrant witness and service of Chicago, for the diocesan family’s open and welcoming spirit. the endearing compassion of its people, its laity, Clergy and Bishops.

    In my native Arabic we say – “Alf Mabrouq ya Sa’yed’na Christopher – wa – ya Sa’yed’na Jeffery.

    May the Blessed expectancy in Adventide with the many challenges that face us daily “on this Fragile Earth, our Island Home” lead us all into the Joy and Peace of Christmas and the New Year — and more especially in the Land of the Holy One as we Pray for the “Peace of Jerusalem”.

    Salaam Rab’buna.


  2. Peter Bradin says:

    The Chicago area will soon discover how fortunate they are to have such a thoughtful, Christ-centered man walking amongst them in these turbulent times. A true voice of reason in our Christian community.
    He is dearly missed in Florida.

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