UPDATED: Online election concludes for committee to nominate presiding bishop candidates

Posted Jun 9, 2021

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the results of the sixth ballot.

[Episcopal News Service] An election has finished selecting the members of the committee that will select the nominees for The Episcopal Church’s next presiding bishop.

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop is made up of five lay leaders and five clergy leaders elected by the House of Deputies and five bishops elected by the House of Bishops. The committee’s members typically are elected in person at the meeting of General Convention scheduled three years before the new presiding bishop is to be elected, but because the 80th General Convention was postponed a year to 2022, this committee election is being held online.

The first ballot opened on June 8.

All five bishop seats were filled on the first ballot. The five elected to the committee are Indianapolis Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Atlanta Bishop Rob Wright, Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime, Central Pennsylvania Bishop Audrey Scanlan and West Tennessee Bishop Phoebe Roaf.

By the close of the sixth ballot on July 14, all of the 10 deputy seats had been filled. The lay members elected are Deborah Hines, Steven Nishibayashi, Thomas Alexander, Thomas Diaz and Rose Sconiers. The clergy members are the Rev. Deborah Jackson, the Rev. Antonio Gallardo, the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, the Rev. Lydia Kelsey Bucklin and the Rev. Maureen-Elizabeth Hagen.

The full slate of candidates for the committee can be found here.

“Although this process may seem complicated, it was adopted to accommodate the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves,” General Convention Secretary the Rev. Michael Barlowe said before the election in a message to bishops and deputies, who “are spread across multiple time zones, and have varying access to the internet. This process is intended to promote fair access to voting for everyone, and to maximize participation. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.”

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the church’s 27th presiding bishop, will complete his third triennium in 2024, with his successor to be elected at the 81st General Convention, scheduled for July 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky.