Category Archives: Bishop Suffragan

Bishop Suffragan-Elect

dsc_3245The Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson was chosen Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas during the 113th annual Diocesan Council on Saturday, February 25, 2017, held at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the first woman to be elected bishop in the Diocese of West Texas. Brooke-Davidson, age 56, is currently the Vicar of Saint Elizabeth Episcopal Church in Buda, Texas, and was one of seven nominees. Now as the sixth Bishop Suffragan of the diocese, she will serve alongside the Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. David M. Reed.

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. Brooke-Davidson secured election on the sixth ballot, receiving 55 number of clergy votes and 153 number of lay votes, with 49 and 151 needed, respectively, for election.

Pending consents of the Bishops and the Standing Committees of the majority of the dioceses in the Episcopal Church, Brooke-Davidson will be ordained as Bishop Suffragan during a worship service held on July 29, 2017, at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, will preside.

Brooke-Davidson was ordained a priest in 2009 after graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary. Brooke-Davidson has served as Vicar of St. Elizabeth since 2011. She served as the Assistant Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley, Texas, from 2009-2011. Prior to ordination, Brooke-Davidson practiced commercial financial law for 12 years. She is married to Carrick Brooke-Davidson, and they have two grown daughters, Emma and Kate.

Prayer for the Election of a Bishop Coadjutor

Almighty God, we give thanks that you have called forth leaders throughout the generations who boldly proclaim your love. Call forth through us a bishop who proclaims Christ’s resurrection, and who faithfully interprets the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and who will lead us – the church – into the world in His Name, encouraging the saints and nourishing us from the riches of your grace.

So guide the hearts and minds of those who will discern the person you are calling to be our Bishop Suffragan, so that we may receive a faithful pastor who will guard and govern the church, sustain the presbyters, care for your people, and equip us to serve the world in Christ’s Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Discernment Forums – video from TMI

Three Discernment Forums were held Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, in Harlingen, Corpus Christi, and in San Antonio that afforded voting clergy and delegates, as well as visitors, the opportunity to hear from the seven Potential Nominees for Bishop Suffragan. Those in attendance learned more about each candidate’s vision for the diocese, his or her calling to be a bishop, and they were able to witness each personality as the candidates presented their responses to a series of random questions. The Potential Nominees traveled to each location to respond to questions submitted by people of the diocese and created by the Standing Committee.

The third Discernment Forum – held at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas – was recorded, and the video is now available here.

potentialnominees-forum-harlingen2017The seven Potential Nominees for Bishop Suffragan are (as pictured): the Rev. Lisa Mason, the Rev. Chris Caddell, the Rev. Jonathan Wickham, the Rev. Chris Cole, the Rev. Robert Woody, the Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, and the Rev. John Hill.

This was the first time the Diocese of West Texas hosted Discernment Forums to provide the opportunity for Potential Nominees for the office of bishop to travel around the diocese. The first two of the weekend were held at St. Alban’s, Harlingen, and Church of the Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi. With the third at TMI, all the forums were well attended by clergy, delegates to Diocesan Council in February, as well as visitors who came to hear the Potential Nominees answer questions.

discernmentforum-harlingen2017At each location, each Potential Nominee gave a three-minute opening statement, as well as a three-minute summation. Each response to a question was also limited to three minutes. Many of the questions focused on the ministry of a bishop, the personal discernment processes, spiritual exercises and personal faith development, and current issues in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

While the Potential Nominees each gave thoughtful responses that delivered their personal beliefs, they also complemented each other and often were in agreement, acknowledging a previous answer and building on it. In each summation, the candidates all expressed sincere gratitude to those gathered to hear them speak and also to each other for the support given on this discernment journey.

When wrapping up each forum, Bishop Reed said many people have asked him whom he would like to see elected as Bishop Suffragan. “I am now ready to give you that answer,” said Reed. “Any one of these seven will do a fine job.”

The election of Bishop Suffragan will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 as part of the 113th Diocesan Council at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.

Discernment Forum 1/29/17 at TMI

The last of three discernment forums held across the diocese, this two-hour video presents the seven potential nominees for Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.  Each potential nominee has a 3-minute opening statement and a 3-minute summation.  In addition, each is asked three randomly selected questions with a 3-minute response.  The election for Bishop Suffragan will be held on February 25, 2017 at Diocesan Council in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Save the Date

Pre-Council Meetings / Discernment Forums
Harlingen, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio
January 28-29, 2017

There will only be three Pre-Council meetings this year, all during the weekend of January 28-29, 2017. These three meetings will focus on Discernment Forums to afford voting delegates and clergy the opportunity to hear from the potential nominees for Bishop Suffragan in person. Don’t miss this important event in the life of the diocese.

The members of the Diocese have the opportunity to submit topics and questions to possibly be addressed by potential nominees during these forums. E-mail suggestions to laura.woodall@dwtx.org by December 31.

Nominations for Bishop Suffragan End Sept 30

Following the timeline adopted by the Diocesan Council, the nomination period for Bishop Suffragan opened on July 1, and nominations will be received through September 30, 2016. Names may only be submitted by canonically resident clergy and delegates/alternates to the 2016 Diocesan Council. Each submission requires two (2) clergy and two (2) delegate/alternate signatures. The nomination form, election timeline, and other information regarding the election process may be found at www.dwtx.org/bishop-suffragan or on this website at Bishop Suffragan.

All congregations are invited to remain in prayer for the discernment of our next Bishop Suffragan.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for calling leaders throughout the generations who boldly proclaim your love. Call through us now a bishop who will proclaim Christ’s resurrection, faithfully interpret the Gospel, and lead us into the world to love and serve the Lord, encouraging the saints and nourishing us from the riches of your grace. So guide the hearts and minds of those who will discern the person you are calling to be our Bishop Suffragan, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will guard and govern the church, sustain the presbyters, care for your people, and equip us to serve the world in Christ’s Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For questions regarding nominations or the election process, please contact Laura Woodall at laura.woodall@dwtx.org or (210) 824-5387.

Rev. David G. Read,
Standing Committee President
rector@stlukes-sa.net
210) 828-6425.