The diocese will accept nominations until September 1 “from a lay person, bishop, priest or deacon” of the Episcopal Church. “You need not have the consent of the person whose name you submit,” the profile says. Self-nominations are acceptable as well.
When constituted from the Diocese of Florida in 1970, the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast was based in Mobile, Alabama. The Rt. Rev. George M. Murray, seventh Bishop of Alabama, became the new diocese’s first bishop.
Central Gulf Coast’s annual convention approved moving the diocesan office to Pensacola in 1988, at the recommendation of the Rt. Rev. Charles F. Duvall, who had succeeded Bishop Murray in 1981. The Rt. Rev. Philip M. Duncan II has been bishop since May 2001.