The 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.