UPDATE 12/21/2021: The Standing Committee has posted a letter for the rules of order for the Special Convention.
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(Nominations and Discernment)||Complete|
|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.
A Letter to Clergy and Lay Deputies from the Standing Committee
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we enter into this new year, we look forward to the election of our new bishop at the special convention that will be held in person on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, at St. Stephen’s Church, Sewickley, PA. We will, of course, be taking all necessary health precautions in line with guidance given at that time.
In preparation for this critical meeting in the life of our diocese, we have enclosed a copy of the relevant rules of order for the conduct of the meeting.
We would like you to confirm the names of all those who are planning to participate – both clergy and lay deputies. It is our expectation that these individuals will usually be the same individuals who served as deputies to our regular convention in November 2021. Please be sure to include the names (with email and phone number) for any newly assigned deputies and/or designated alternates and provide this information to Sarah Kwolek in the Diocesan Office no later than January 31, 2022. These can be emailed to email@example.com.
The Search Committee has developed a short list of candidates for the position and, in line with Provincial protocols, is conducting a careful assessment and background check on each one. It is anticipated that this process will be completed by the end of January, at which time the proposed slate of names will be released.
You will note that the rules of order make provision for ‘nominations from the floor’ but such nominations will need to be able to provide the same certified clearances as used for the candidates offered by the Standing Committee. This is a complex, time-consuming process and so it is essential that, if any such nominations are contemplated, notice be given to the Standing Committee as early as possible - it is strongly recommended that this be accomplished by mid-February 2022.
Finally, this entire process will require ‘grace and peace’, and, to that end, we remind you of the need for persistent prayer and commend the regular use of the following:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Bishop for this Diocese 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. (Collects & Occasional Prayers, The Book of Common Prayer, 2019, ACNA )
The Rev. David Grissom
Rules of Order for Conduct of Special Convention
Click HERE to download the Rules of Order for the Special Convention.
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.