West Texas announces six ‘potential’ coadjutor nominees

By ENS staff
Posted Aug 25, 2014

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Diocese of West Texas has presented six potential nominees for bishop coadjutor.

The potential nominees, all of whom are from the diocese, have provided biographical data, as well as answers to eight questions given to them by the Standing Committee. Each potential nominee’s profile can be viewed individually, or as a booklet here.

The potential nominees are:

  • The Rev. Scott Brown, 39, rector, St. Alban’s, Harlingen, Texas;
  • The Rev. Ram Lopez, 50, rector, St. George’s, San Antonio;
  • The Rev. Jim Nelson, 64, rector, St. John’s, McAllen;
  • The Rev. David Read, 49, rector, St. Luke’s, San Antonio;
  • The Rt. Rev. David Reed, 57, bishop suffragan, Diocese of West Texas;
  • The Rev. Robert Woody, 61, rector, Reconciliation, San Antonio.

The election is scheduled to take place on Oct. 25, at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas a high school in San Antonio.

The six are referred to as “potential nominees” because the first ballot of the election will serve as a formal nominating ballot to enable them to become nominees for bishop coadjutor, according to a description of the process here.

The bishop coadjutor will eventually succeed Bishop Gary Lillibridge who in February called for the coadjutor. Lillibridge, 58, was elected bishop in October 2003 and was ordained to that office in February 2004. He will retire in 2017 at which point the coadjutor will become the diocesan bishop.

Consecration of the new coadjutor is set for Feb. 28, 2015.


Comments (9)

  1. Frank Bergen says:

    Interesting to someone from outside West Texas that one and all of these “potential nominees” are males from within the Diocese of West Texas.

    1. Paula Moore says:

      Not for West Texas.

      1. Lisa Fox says:

        Could you say more, Paula Moore?

    2. Lisa Fox says:

      I, too, find that surprising. It’s one of the more heterogeneous slates I’ve seen.

  2. John Hartman says:

    Like Frank, my first reaction was . . . no women and only from Texas.

  3. Fr. Gaylord Hitchcock says:

    Will be interesting to see if any other nominees (including one or more from outside the Diocese) surface as “nominees” through petition or otherwise. The original slate in New York a couple of years ago contained nobody from the Diocese of New York (although a petition nominee was subsequently elected) and in West Texas all the nominees are resident in the diocese. It’s always good to have a mixture.

  4. The Rev. Dr. Charles H. Morris says:

    Typical for Texas dioceses, I guess. Not exactly Heinz 57 variety. I was ordained to the priesthood exactly 57 years earlier than the proposed consecration date, in that diocese: In Trinity Church, Edna on 2/28/58 by Earl Dicus, Suffragan Bishop.

  5. William Flint says:

    This is not surprising. We moved to West Texas from Mississippi. The one thing I have noticed is that this seems to be a closed Diocese. In as much as most Dioceses seek candidates from a wide cast of the net to hopefully bring change to the Diocese, this one does not accept change very well. I am not impressed by the selection of candidates for bishop and think the Diocese does a disservice to itself and its laity by limiting itself to inbreeding. God forbid that a woman be Bishop in West Texas.

  6. Charlest Terry may says:

    Much has been done to moderate the diocese. Yes, it causes concern to both liberals and conservatives when moderation prevails but I believe the atmosphere is becoming more tolerant and very much due to the current bishop, Gary Lillibridge. He once presented the minority opinion at General Council concerning moving forward with same-gender blessings. Since that time, as we are still a vital part of The Episcopal Church, he has instructed the diocese to tackle the issues surrounding same-gender couples with love and with sensitivity encounters in the congregations. West Texas is a far distance physically and culturally from the west and east coasts but it isn’t a closed society. I can think of several of our female rectors that are up and coming in the diocese including the former Canon for Liturgy and Prayer at Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, who just became rector at the downtown San Antonio St. Mark’s. As a member of the Diocese of West Texas, I think the characterization of this diocese in the above comments a bit unfair. The most important thing to remember, however, for those that may find something to criticize is that just like everyone else we need your prayers. Especially in this case, for insight and inspiration in our selection of the coadjutor.

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