The Diocese of East Tennessee has looked to the neighboring Diocese of Lexington to elect its fifth bishop.

An electing convention on July 28 chose the Rev. Brian Cole, rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, on the fifth ballot. Cole led among both clergy and laity from the first ballot, but by a wider margin among the laity.

The four other nominees were:

Related: Cole speaks in two videos during walkabouts in the diocese.

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