The Rev. Jennifer Anne Reddall, rector of Church of the Epiphany in New York City, has been elected the sixth Bishop of Arizona.
She was one of three nominees and was elected on the first ballot. The other two nominees were the Rev. Dena Marcel Cleaver-Bartholomew, rector of Christ Church, Manlius, N.Y., and the Rev. Andrew Wallace Walter, rector of Grace Church, Silver Spring, Md.
The Rt. Rev. Kirk Smith, fifth Bishop of Arizona, called to notify Reddall of her election.
“I am awed by your love and confidence in me, and praying deeply to the Holy Spirit to endow me with the gifts you need and deserve in a bishop,” she told deputies of the diocese’s convention through Bishop Smith.
“Your ministry and your faithfulness in following Jesus’ call has inspired me, and the Diocese of Arizona is going to continue to inspire people all around your state as we share the Good News of Christ’s love through word and action together. My son Nathan and I are both so excited to move to Arizona and begin this new ministry with you.”
“Jennifer is the mother of Nathan, who is nine,” said the bishop-elect’s biography for the election. “Her parents moved to Tucson in 2016. Jennifer is in a long-term relationship with Paul Sheehan, who lives primarily in Hong Kong.”
Reddall grew up in California, and after graduating from Yale University with a degree in theater studies, she joined the Episcopal Urban Intern Program in Los Angeles. She graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York City with an MDiv in 2002.
Adapted from the Diocese of Arizona