New Jersey Elects 12th Bishop

The Diocese of New Jersey has elected the Rev. Canon William H. “Chip” Stokes as its 12th bishop. Stokes, born in Manhasset, New York, has served as rector of St. Paul’s Church in Delray Beach, Florida, since 1999.

“Raised by a faithful family in the Church, I am a ‘Timothy’ (see 2 Tim. 1:1-7),” Stokes wrote in the diocese’s election booklet. “There was never a time when I did not know Jesus and his love, but like Timothy, I periodically need to ‘rekindle the gift of God’ that is within me and rediscover Jesus as my Lord and Savior.”

Elected on the fifth ballot, Stokes was one of nine nominees in the election. Three priests, all serving within the diocese, were nominated by petition.

The other nominees were:

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