[Diocese of Western Michigan -- Press Release] The Search Team has nominated three priests to stand for election as the 9th Bishop of Western Michigan. The nominees for bishop are:
- The Rev. Jennifer Adams, Rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Holland, Michigan (Diocese of Western Michigan)
- The Rev. Whayne Hougland, Jr., Rector, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, North Carolina (Diocese of North Carolina)
- The Rev. Canon Angela Shepherd, Canon for Mission, Diocese of Maryland
A letter from each nominee, as well as a summary of education and experience, is included in the slate announcement booklet. The booklet also includes a report of the Search Team describing the search process.
To download the booklet as a PDF file, please click here: Nominee Profiles & Petition Process.
The booklet is also available for viewing in magazine format here.
Further information will be provided about all nominees, including any nominees by petition, in a ballot announcement scheduled for publication on April 22, 2013.
The Transition Team will host a series of informational events with nominees from May 3rd-5th at three locations in the diocese; these events will include nominees by petition.
The electing convention will be held on May 18, 2013, at Grace Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids.
Following the election of the Ninth Bishop, the required consents will be sought from other dioceses of the Episcopal Church.
Petition Process information is included in the slate announcement booklet on pp. 14-17.
The Rev. Canon Robert Schiesler, President of the Standing Committee, announces that the Committee is accepting Nominations by Petition from March 20 through April 15, 2013.
Due to the time required to complete the required background checks, the Standing Committee asks that any petition candidates indicate their intention by immediately emailing the Committee President, The Rev. Canon Robert Schiesler, with name, address & contact phone. [Canon Schiesler's email address is published on p. 14 of the slate announcement booklet.]
The form for nominations by petition can be downloaded separately here: Petition Form.