The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast has elected a rector from the neighboring Diocese of Alabama as its fourth bishop. The Rev. James Russell Kendrick, rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Birmingham, won the required majorities in both orders on the third ballot.
Central Gulf Coast comprises portions of Alabama and Florida, and is based in Pensacola. Christ Church in Mobile is its cathedral.
The two other nominees in the election were:
- The Very Rev. Edward Francis O’Connor, dean of the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew, Jackson, Mississippi
- The Rev. William C. Treadwell III, rector of St. Paul’s Church, Waco, Texas
O’Connor withdrew from the ballot after the second vote.
Another nominee, the Rev. Canon E. Daniel Smith of the Diocese of Missouri, withdrew before the election.