This statement from the bishop-elect was read at the August 6th, 2016 Election Convention:
My heart is filled with joyful gratitude for God’s mercy and grace, and I am humbled to accept the call to serve as your 11th Bishop. Throughout this discernment process I have been inspired, encouraged, and emboldened by your faithful ministry and your sincere dedication to living the gospel of Jesus Christ in service to others. The honor of joining you in ministry is a profound moment, and I am especially mindful of the people God has called us to serve. May the joy and hope of this day become a source of comfort and strength for many people. I want to express my sincere admiration and gratitude to the other candidates, Dena, Debra, Noah, and Nora. Their faithfulness and friendship in this process has been evident and there is no doubt that our church is strengthened by their vibrant ministries. In this time of transition let us hold one another in prayer and prepare our hearts for the ways in which God is calling us forward in faith. Please know you are on my heart and in my prayers as we rejoice in God’s ongoing work in our midst.
May God be praised in all we do,