[Diocese of Missouri] The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri is pleased to announce a slate of three nominees to become its 11th bishop:
- The Rev. Stacey Fussell, rector at Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Bradford, Pennsylvania
- The Rev. Deon K. Johnson, rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brighton, Michigan
- The Rev. George D. Smith, rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
A committee made up of lay and clergy members from throughout the diocese conducted a search and discernment process lasting nearly a year. Their slate was presented and was approved by the Standing Committee on Sept. 26.
The nominees are scheduled to visit the diocese Nov. 4-7 for a series of four “walkabouts.” These meet-and-greet sessions will give members an opportunity to ask questions of the nominees, as well as provide time for the candidates to learn more about the diocese.
The bishop election will be held Nov. 23 at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. The new bishop will be consecrated on April 25, 2020.
The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, the 10th bishop of Missouri, announced his retirement last year. The diocese will celebrate his leadership and ministry at a special event March 28, 2020.
To learn more about the diocese, the bishop nominees and the bishop election, visit the diocesan website at diocesemo.org.