Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Anglican District of Virginia announces two candidates for Bishop of new Anglican diocese

The Anglican District of Virginia announced today that The Rt. Rev'd John Guernsey and Archdeacon Julian Dobbs have been proposed for bishop have been proposed by the ADV nominations committee established by the 2009 ADV Synod.

The ADV Synod Council has called a Constitutional Convention for May 20 and 21, 2011, where the Synod will consider the proposed governing constitution and canons for a new diocese in the Anglican Church in North America. With the expected approval of the governing documents, there will immediately follow the election of the new bishop as established in the governing documents.

Following the election of a new bishop, the ADV will formally submit an application at the end of May to establish a new diocese in the Anglican Church in North America.

Currently, the Anglican District of Virginia numbers of 40 congregations with almost 7000 people actively worshiping in church each Sunday

The Rt. Rev'd John Guernsey is currently the bishop of the non-geographic Diocese of the Holy Spirit in the Anglican Church in North America.  The Venerable Julian Dobbs currently serves as the archdeacon for the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA).


ettu said...

I know this is off topic but I can not help asking what happened with your listing on the "blog" section of SFIF - inquiring minds would like to know and are concerned regards ettu

TJ McMahon said...

ettu, I think all that happened was that for some reason, Baby Blue and MCJ switched places. I have no idea why that happened, but its not like bb isn't there anymore (I just arrived here from the SF link).

I have met and had a very detailed discussion with Bishop Guernsey, and can certainly recommend him as both well learned and caring. And given that I met him in one of the tiniest congregations of the Diocese of the Holy Spirit, 1000 miles from his home, I can attest that he really does get out to visit parishes and make the acquaintance of each person under his care. I've never met Archdeacon Dobbs, but it is clear that he is well qualified, and already has a deep commitment to the Church in Virginia. It appears that the nominating committee has done its homework well. All of you out there will be in our prayers as your discernment goes forward.

BabyBlue said...

I don't know - I've been at that spot for five years. SF bloggers are great friends - that certainly hasn't changed.


Anonymous said...

I'm certainly an outsider in this choice, but can't resist saying that I've known John Guernsey for a number of years and have worshipped frequently at his church prior to his departure from the Episcopal Diocese. He is a person of the highest personal qualities and would be an excellent bishop in this new organization.


Anonymous said...

So will the new bishop be a bishop in the Church of Nigeria or the ACNA? I thought that bishops in the Church of Nigeria were appointed rather than elected by the diocese.