The Diocese of Dallas has elected the Very Rev. George R. Sumner as its seventh bishop. Sumner led in both orders from the first ballot and was elected on the fourth ballot.
Sumner is principal and Helliwell Professor of World Mission at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts in 1981.
He is author of The First and the Last: the Claim of Jesus Christ and the Claims of Other Religious Traditions (Eerdmans, 2004), Being Salt: A Theology of an Ordered Church (Wipf & Stock, 2007), and Daniel: A Commentary (Brazos, 2012). He is coeditor, with Jeffrey P. Greenman, of Unwearied Praises: Exploring Christian Faith Through Classic Hymns (Clements, 2004).
Other nominees were:
- The Rev. Michael W. Michie, 46, rector of St. Andrew’s, McKinney, Texas
- The Rev. David G. Read, 49, rector of St. Luke’s, San Antonio
- The Rev. R. Leigh Spruill, 51, rector of St. George’s, Nashville