W. Tenn. Bishop to Retire in ’19

Diocese of West Tennessee

David Waters writes for The Commercial Appeal:

The Episcopal bishop in Memphis plans to resign in 2019 when he turns 70, two years before his mandatory retirement age.

“I’m in good health and I love what I do, but it’s time,” Bishop Don Johnson said [June 16]. “This will give the diocese time to start the search process for a new leader.”

The Rt. Rev. Don Johnson has been bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee since 2001.

… Johnson was one of 52 candidates and five finalists to succeed Bishop James Coleman as bishop of West Tennessee. He was elected on the 15th ballot.

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