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How to elect a Bishop for the armed services

How to elect a Bishop for the armed services

The Episcopal Office of Public Affairs has announced three nominations for the title of Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries.

With an office based in Washington DC, the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries is a member of the staff of Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry.

The election is slated for the fall meeting of the House of Bishops in September. According to Episcopal Church Constitution Article II sec. 7, the House of Bishops who have gathered for the session will elect the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries. The successful nominee must garner at least 50% of the total votes plus 1.

The nominees are:

The Rev. Christopher Garcia, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Greenwood VA, Diocese of Virginia.  A career Army officer, he retired after 25 years of service in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps with the rank of Colonel. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq for Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and retired as Colonel.
The Rev. David McElwain, Veterans Administration staff chaplain in Cheyenne, Diocese of Wyoming.  A retired Navy Commander, among his military posts he served as Pastoral Care Chaplain at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL and as Command Chaplain, Supervisory Chaplain, and Battle Group Chaplain, USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group.
The Rev. Carl Wright, St. Andrew’s Church, Pasadena, MD, Diocese of Maryland. In his military career, he has served as Deputy Command Chaplain for the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) at Barksdale AFB, LA. Commissioned an Air Force Chaplain in August 1993, Lieutenant Colonel Wright is an Associate Member of the Anglican religious Order of the Holy Cross (OHC).

Read the announcement here. Featured image, from left to right: the Rev. Christopher Garcia, the Rev. David McElwain, the Rev. Carl Wright.

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Jos. S. Laughon

Regardless of how they become elected, it will be a difficult task for them. They have my prayers.

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