Adapted from reporting by Laura Shaver for the Diocese of Texas
The Diocese of West Texas has elected the first woman who would serve as a bishop of the diocese. The diocese’s 113th annual council elected Jennifer Brooke-Davidson on the sixth ballot.
The other nominees were the Rev. Chris Cadel, the Rev. Chris Cole, the Rev. John Hill, the Rev. Lisa Mason, the Rev. Jonathan Wickham, and the Rev. Robert Woody.
“We will be good friends forever,” Brooke-Davidson told the other six nominees, all priests of the diocese, in keeping with a long-standing election practice of the diocese.
“With God, anything is possible, and I suppose it is possible that God can make me a bishop,” she said, after quoting a portion of 1 Cor. 2:5, which says that Christian faith should “should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
Brooke-Davidson, 56, was ordained a priest in 2009 after graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has served as vicar of St. Elizabeth Church since 2011. She served as assistant rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Wimberley from 2009 to 2011. Before ordination, Brooke-Davidson practiced commercial financial law for 12 years. She is married to Carrick Brooke-Davidson, and they have two grown daughters, Emma and Kate.
West Texas (Feb. 25)