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Bishops to Choose Among 3

Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs

The House of Bishops will choose from three nominees in electing the next Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries. With an office based in Washington, the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries is a member of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s staff.

The three nominees are:

The Rev. Christopher Garcia, rector of Emmanuel Church, Greenwood, Virginia. A career Army officer, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq for Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and served for 25 years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He retired as a colonel.

The Rev. David McElwain, staff chaplain at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Wyoming.McElwain is a retired Navy Commander who has served as a pastoral care chaplain at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and as command chaplain, supervisory chaplain, and battle group chaplain of the USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group.

The Ven. Carl Wright, St. Andrew’s Church, Pasadena, Maryland. He has served as deputy command chaplain for the Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. Commissioned an Air Force chaplain in August 1993, Lt. Col. Wright is an associate member of the Order of the Holy Cross.

The election is scheduled for the fall meeting of the House of Bishops in September. The nominee who wins at least 50 percent plus 1 vote is elected.


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