[Diocese of Alabama] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama on Dec. 2 announced the slate of candidates for the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Alabama. Following a period of listening and discernment led by the Search Committee, the candidates selected are the Rev. Glenda Curry, the Rev. Evan D. Garner, and the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles.
Curry is the rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Garner is the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Liles is the priest-in-charge at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hurst, Texas.
The candidates will participate in a walkabout for diocesan clergy and delegates on Jan. 4, 2020. The election will be held on Jan. 18 at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, and the bishop consecration will be on June 27.
In February 2019, the Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan, bishop of the Diocese of Alabama, announced his intention to retire at the end of 2020. Sloan was elected bishop suffragran in 2008 and then was elected bishop diocesan in 2011.
To find more information on the candidates, including videos, essays and resumes, please visit the diocesan bishop search website at bishopsearch.dioala.org/Candidates.