Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs

On April 27, 2015, the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) announced its process for nominating bishops from the floor to the office of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at General Convention in June 2015.

The JNCPB is canonically charged with “establishing a timely process for any bishop or deputy to express the intent to nominate any other member of the House of Bishops from the floor at the time the Joint Nominating Committee presents its nominees to the joint session of the two Houses, and for each Bishop so nominated to be included in the information distributed about the nominees.”

The JNCPB outlined this procedure in a message to the Church on April 27.

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The deadline for bishops and deputies to nominate a bishop under this procedure was May 12. JNCPB announces that no additional bishops were nominated.

Therefore, the list of bishops presented by the JNCPB will be formally placed in nomination before a joint session of the two Houses of the General Convention on June 26. They are:

  • Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal of Southern Ohio
  • Bishop Michael B. Curry of North Carolina
  • Bishop Ian T. Douglas of Connecticut
  • Bishop Dabney T. Smith of Southwest Florida

The JNCPB will shortly release additional information from each of the nominees. Each nominee has responded to questions about his vision for the church, which will be posted to the General Convention website soon. Additionally, each nominee made himself available for a video interview. These will also be made available soon.

The JNCPB thanks everyone for your prayers for the nominees and for this election process of our Church.

The JNCPB is composed of a lay member, a priest or deacon, and a bishop elected from each of the nine provinces of the Episcopal Church, plus two youth representatives who were appointed by the President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings. The General Convention deputies and bishops serve a three-year term to conclude at the close of General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah).

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