The Search Committee has provided several documents and FAQ's designed to provide you and candidates information on our diocese and what the Committee has discerned is needed in our next bishop. These documents include: Letter to Diocese from Search Committee, Diocesan Profile, Bishop Profile, and Frequently Asked Questions.
Timeline and Important Dates
This timeline is subject to change.
|May 2021||Launch Bishop Search Committee||Complete|
|May - July 2021||Develop and publish Diocesan Profile and position description of Bishop||Complete|
|August - October 2021||Identify potential candidates (Nominations and Discernment)||Complete|
|November 2021||In-depth provincial screening process for potential candidates|
|February 2022||Candidates announced|
|March - April 2022||Introduction of candidates to the diocese|
|April 2022||Election of new Bishop by Special Convention|
|June 2022||Presentation of the Bishop-Elect to College of Bishops|
|September 2022||Consecration of new Bishop|
We seek the Holy Spirit’s direction and guidance through prayer.
Prayer for the Leadership of the Diocese:
O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to be a good and godly fellowship of faith. Bless those who have been called to exercise leadership during this season, especially the members of the Bishop Search Committee, as they begin the search process for our next Bishop. Grant to them, and to each member of the diocese, a fresh outpouring of your Spirit, a renewed determination to seek your will, and the assurance of your presence; safeguard our unity and ignite in us a great passion for the mission of your Kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Selection of a Bishop (from BCP 2019):
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh that we may receive a faithful pastor who will preach the Gospel, care for your people, equip us for ministry, and lead us forth in fulfillment of the Great Commission; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bishop Search Committee
The Standing Committee and Diocesan Council Executive Committee have diligently and prayerfully worked together to form the Bishop Search Committee*. We thank all the members for committing to be a part of this important process! We are planning a service to commission the Bishop Search Committee in the Easter season.
The Rev. Eric Rodes, ChairRector, Anglican Parish of Christ the Redeemer, Canonsburg, PA; Member, Diocesan Council
The Rev. Captain Deacon Herb BaileyChurch Army USA; Member, Standing Committee
Mrs. Marilyn ChislaghiDirector of Ministry, Church of the Ascension, Pittsburgh, PA
Mr. Avin FernandoVestry Member, Seeds of Hope, Pittsburgh, PA
The Rev. Dr. David GrissomRector, St. Alban's Anglican, Murrysville, PA; President, Standing Committee
Dr. Collin MesserMember, Grace Anglican, Grove City, PA
Mr. Tom SandsMember, St. Stephen's Church, Sewickley, PA
The Rev. Lauren ScharfCommission on Ministry
The Rev. Laura WickerDeacon, Church of the Savior, Ambridge, PA
Rules Governing the Search Process
Our Constitution and Canons provide governance on this process. The following Articles and Canons are most relevant to this process.
- Article XIV - The election of a Bishop for this Diocese shall be made in Convention, in the following manner: After nomination in open Convention, the Clergy and Laity shall ballot separately and a concurrent majority in both Orders shall be necessary to a choice. If two-thirds of either Order be represented at Convention, a majority vote shall determine the choice of such Order; otherwise, a vote of two-thirds shall be necessary for that purpose. PROVIDED, that in all cases of the election of a Bishop, no member of the Clergy shall be entitled to vote unless he or she shall have been, for at least six months immediately preceding the election, canonically resident in this Diocese.
Emails & Updates on the Search Process
Mass email and the diocesan website are the two primary means of communication about this process. Emails will be cross-posted on our blog and listed below. The first people to receive information will be those who are signed up for emails. We encourage everyone to sign up today.
- March 24, 2021 - Standing Committee Announces Bishop Search Launch
You are also welcome to communicate with the Bishop Search Committee directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note this committee should not be construed with the Nominating Committee, which is tasked with annual nominations to our governing bodies.