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Nominees for the 28th Presiding Bishop

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The Episcopal Church’s Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop April 2 announced the names of the bishops it will nominate to succeed Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Click the red link below to see the press release.

Press Release

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The Rt. Rev. J. Scott Barker

Diocese of Nebraska, Province VI

Click here for biographical information on Bishop J. Scott Barker

Each nominee was asked to create a video of five minutes or less discussing a biblical image or metaphor that resonates with this moment in the life of the church and the role of the presiding bishop.

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The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez

Diocese of Pennsylvania, Province III

Click here for biographical information on Bishop Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez

Each nominee was asked to create a video of five minutes or less discussing a biblical image or metaphor that resonates with this moment in the life of the church and the role of the presiding bishop.

Note: We welcome you to watch the above video while following along with the transcript below. Alternatively, you can add auto-translated subtitles in the language of your choice. At the bottom of the video screen, you must click on the CC icon (fifth from the right) to turn on English captions. For another language, then click the gear icon (the fourth icon from the right), choose “subtitles/CC (1),” choose “Auto-translate” and scroll to your language.

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The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe

Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Province III
Diocese of Western New York, Province II

Click here for biographical information on Bishop Sean Rowe

Each nominee was asked to create a video of five minutes or less discussing a biblical image or metaphor that resonates with this moment in the life of the church and the role of the presiding bishop.

Note: We welcome you to watch the above video while following along with the transcript below. Alternatively, you can add auto-translated subtitles in the language of your choice. At the bottom of the video screen, you must click on the CC icon (fifth from the right) to turn on English captions. For another language, then click then gear icon (the fourth icon from the right), choose “subtitles/CC (1),” choose “Auto-translate” and scroll to your language.

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The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright

Diocese of Atlanta, Province IV

Click here for biographical information on Bishop Robert Wright

Each nominee was asked to create a video of five minutes or less discussing a biblical image or metaphor that resonates with this moment in the life of the church and the role of the presiding bishop.

Note: We welcome you to watch the above video while following along with the transcript below. Alternatively, you can add auto-translated subtitles in the language of your choice. At the bottom of the video screen, you must click on the CC icon (fifth from the right) to turn on English captions. For another language, then click the gear icon (the fourth icon from the right), choose “subtitles/CC (1),” choose “Auto-translate” and scroll to your language.

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Committee members began working together in the fall of 2021. View the list of committee members.

They surveyed the church in May 2022 about the skills, qualities, and gifts most desired in its next presiding bishop, considering what the church and the world may look like in the next decade. The members used the 6,092 responses, along with hours of conversation and prayers, to develop the “Profile for the Election of the 28th Presiding Bishop.”

In May 2023, the committee invited the members of the church to suggest bishops they ought to consider. Between May 15 and July 15, 111 Episcopalians submitted bishops’ names. There were some duplications among the suggestions. Bishops could also nominate themselves. None did.

The committee invited all the bishops named to enter the discernment process. Those who agreed provided biographical information, references, and written and video responses to several questions. They were interviewed via Zoom. In January the members decided which of the bishops to invite to meet with them during an in-person retreat March 18-23 at the Lake Logan Conference Center in the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. The committee discerned its slate at the close of that gathering.

“We appreciate the many Episcopalians who prayerfully set us on our way to discerning this slate of nominees,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark Lattime, bishop of Alaska, who co-chairs the committee with Canon Dr. Steve Nishibayashi of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

For more information, contact the committee at pb28@episcopalchurch.org.