Bishop Reed Elected Bishop Coadjutor

Reed-DavidThe Rt. Rev. David Mitchell Reed was chosen Bishop Coadjutor-Elect of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas at the Special Council of the diocese on Saturday, October 25, 2014, held at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio. Reed, age 57, is currently the Bishop Suffragan (assistant) of the diocese, and was one of six nominees. Now as Bishop Coadjutor, Reed will continue to serve alongside Bishop Gary Lillibridge and upon the retirement of Lillibridge in 2017, Reed will become the tenth bishop of the Diocese of West Texas.

In order to be elected, a candidate needed to receive a simple majority of votes from both the clergy and the lay delegates, voting separately as “orders” on the same balloting round. Reed secured election on the first ballot, receiving 66 clergy votes and 207 lay votes, with 63 and 157 needed, respectively, for election.

Pending consents of the Bishops and the Standing Committees of the majority of the dioceses in The Episcopal Church, Reed will be recognized as Bishop Coadjutor during the worship service at Diocesan Council in February 2015. The service will be held on Saturday morning, February 28, in San Marcos, and the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will preside.

Reed is the first Bishop Suffragan of the diocese to be elected Bishop Coadjutor and then to go on to serve as Diocesan Bishop. Reed was ordained in 1983 when he graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Reed served as Assistant Rector of St. Alban’s, Harlingen, from 1983-1987; as Rector of St. Francis, Victoria, from 1987-1994; and as Rector of St. Alban’s, Harlingen, from 1994-2006. Bishop Reed was elected Bishop Suffragan of the diocese in 2006.

The other nominees were the Rev. Scott Brown, the Rev. Ram Lopez, the Rev. Jim Nelson, the Rev. David Read, and the Rev. Robert Woody.

Election of a Bishop Coadjutor

The Rt. Rev. David Reed was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of West Texas on the first ballot.

First Ballot

Nominating Ballot

The nominating ballot of the Special Council serves to place in official nomination the names of candidates (potential nominees) for Bishop Coadjutor.

The Official Nominees are:

The Rev. Scott Brown, St. Alban’s, Harlingen

The Rev. Ram Lopez, St. George, San Antonio

The Rev. Jim Nelson, St. John’s, McAllen

The Rev. David Read, St. Luke’s, San Antonio

The Rt. Rev. David Reed, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of West Texas

The Rev. Robert Woody, Reconciliation, San Antonio

Next comes the first electing ballot. To reach an election, an official nominee must receive a simple majority of votes (50% + 1) in both the clergy and the lay order on the same ballot.

Bishop Lillibridge’s Special Council Homily

In his homily during the opening worship service at the Special Council, Bishop Gary Lillibridge spoke of the duties of a bishop, canonically in The Episcopal Church and also scripturally. Canonically, the election of a Bishop Coadjutor, the purpose for which this Special Council was called, requires the diocesan bishop to state the duties he will assign to the newly elected once ordained.

Lillibridge announced during his homily that the Bishop Coadjutor will begin to oversee three areas of ministry, in addition to sharing the annual visitation schedule and other daily duties. The three areas of ministry are: the discernment process for ordination and the overall responsibility of the Commission on Ministry; clergy deployment in the congregations of the diocese; and the Department of Congregational Development and the strategic, future planning that goes with this area of both diocesan and local mission and ministry.

Lillibridge said, “These three areas of ministry constitute a full plate, yet they only begin to scratch the surface of the responsibilities in the bishop’s office.”

He also quoted some of the day’s readings, an excerpt from Hebrews 5 that says, “Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God…is able to deal gently with those who are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness” (paraphrased). Also, from Philippians 2, “In humility, value others above yourselves… In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus who did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage, but took upon himself the nature of a servant” (paraphrased).

Lillibridge offered a few characteristics he believes important for a bishop, so that when the bishop is present in his community (the diocese) others will “know and believe that the Kingdom of God has come near” (Luke 10:9, paraphrased). He said, “We are looking for a combination of current abilities and gifts, as well as potential to grow in areas of service in our next bishop, or making sure the Holy Spirit has enough room in which to work.”

To read Lillibridge’s homily in its entirety, click here.


Avoid the Saturday lines!

Join Host Church, St. Thomas’ San Antonio for a reception and early check-in.

All registered attendees to the Special Council are invited.

Bishop Jones Center (111 Torcido Dr, 78209)
4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 24, 2014



Early Check-In for the Special Council

Early check-in for the Special Council to elect a Bishop Coadjutor will be held on Friday evening, October 24, from 4:00 to 7:30 at the Bishop Jones Center (111 Torcido, 78209). A lovely reception with light refreshments is planned. Those registered for Special Council are encouraged to come by and receive their registration packets and enjoy conversation and fellowship.

If you can not make it the Bishop Jones Center on Friday, you may arrive at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25. Registration tables will be set up in the Frost Athletic Building foyer. The Special Council begins at 10:00 am with worship.

Registration Closes Tonight at 11:00 pm

Pre-registration is required for all attending the Special Council 2014 for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor Election on Oct 25th  at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas.  Online registration closes tonight, Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm.

Special Council 2014 CHILDCARE Registration & Payment (click to link to online form)

All parents must complete a Childcare Registration Form for each child attending. Cost is $10 per child with a family maximum of $30.  Childcare rooms will be located in the lower level of All Saints Chapel at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas. A professionally staffed nursery will be available for infants through Pre-Kinder, and a Christian Ed Children’s program for Kindergarten through fifth grade.  Pre-registration is required. Drop-in children cannot be accepted.

Special Council 2014 INDIVIDUAL Registration & Payment (click to link to online form) for registration by:

  • NON-ASSIGNED Clergy (Retired & Non-parochial)
  • NON-ASSIGNED Clergy Spouses, and
  • ALL LICENSED Clergy & Spouses
  • ALL Visitors

Special Council 2014 CHURCH Payment (click to link to online form)

Churches can pay for Delegates, Alternates, Clergy, Clergy Spouses and Visitors by credit card using this form.  The original colored registration forms mailed to churches in August must ALSO be returned by fax, e-mail or US Post Office.

For complete details see the registration page.



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