Adapted from reporting by Laura Shaver for the Diocese of Texas

The Diocese of West Texas has elected the first woman who would serve as a bishop of the diocese. The diocese’s 113th annual council elected Jennifer Brooke-Davidson on the sixth ballot.

The other nominees were the Rev. Chris Cadel, the Rev. Chris Cole, the Rev. John Hill, the Rev. Lisa Mason, the Rev. Jonathan Wickham, and the Rev. Robert Woody.

“We will be good friends forever,” Brooke-Davidson told the other six nominees, all priests of the diocese, in keeping with a long-standing election practice of the diocese.

“With God, anything is possible, and I suppose it is possible that God can make me a bishop,” she said, after quoting a portion of 1 Cor. 2:5, which says that Christian faith should “should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

Brooke-Davidson, 56, was ordained a priest in 2009 after graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has served as vicar of St. Elizabeth Church since 2011. She served as assistant rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Wimberley from 2009 to 2011. Before ordination, Brooke-Davidson practiced commercial financial law for 12 years. She is married to Carrick Brooke-Davidson, and they have two grown daughters, Emma and Kate.

West Texas (Feb. 25)

Ballot
1
2
3
C: Clergy • L: Lay
C
L
C
L
C
L
Jennifer Brooke-Davidson
15
56
16
70
25
84
Christopher Caddell
6
39
4
21
0
5
Chris Cole
6
17
2
5
1
0
John Hill
16
47
16
44
12
32
Lisa Mason
19
76
26
98
34
128
Jonathan Wickham
15
47
17
51
21
51
Robert Woody
18
22
16
17
4
2

 

Ballot
4
5
6
C: Clergy • L: Lay
C
L
C
L
C
L
Needed to elect
 
 
 
 
49
151
Jennifer Brooke-Davidson
42
103
52
124
55
153
Christopher Caddell
0
5
0
0
1
1
Chris Cole
0
0
0
0
0
0
John Hill
2
6
0
2
0
1
Lisa Mason
42
147
43
165
39
146
Jonathan Wickham
11
36
1
10
1
0
Robert Woody
0
0
0
0
0
0

 

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