2nd and final ballot: Matthew Gunter is elected Bishop of Fond du Lac with 43 clergy and 73 lay votes. #fdlbishop
— pastordan (@pastordan) October 19, 2013
Gunter’s blog is here.
From the diocesan press release:
The Rev. Matthew Alan Gunter was elected Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac at the 139th Annual Convention on October 19.
Gunter, rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was elected on the 2nd ballot out of a field of three candidates. To be elected, a candidate must have received a majority of the votes in both the lay order and the clergy order. On the second ballot, he received 73 of 99 votes cast in the lay order (50 required) and 43 of 69 votes cast in the clergy order (35 required)
From the FDLReporter:
Gunter has been rector of St. Barnabas since 2000. Growing up on a farm in northern Indiana he received a B.A. in history from Indiana University. After teaching and working in education for a decade, he attended Virginia Theological Seminary, receiving a M.Div. Following ordination to the priesthood he served St. David’s Episcopal Church, Glenview. Over almost two decades of ordained ministry, Gunter has served in many capacities including spiritual advisor of Cursillo and Happening, Commission on Global Ministry (Diocese of Chicago), dean of the Aurora Deanery, deputy to three General Conventions, chaplain at the 75th General Convention, diocesan delegation to Renk, Sudan, and the San Joaquin County AIDS Foundation. He is married to Leslie and they have three adult children.