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The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta

J. Neil Alexander  

John Neil Alexander, 52, was elected the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta on March 31, 2001. He was ordained to the episcopate and installed on July 7, 2001, at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. He serves a diocese of some 55,000 members in 93 congregations. 

Alexander has served the wider church as a presenter to the 2005 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council. During the summer of 2005, he visited the Diocese of Atlanta's mission personnel who serve in the Dioceses of Central Tanganyika and Dar es Salaam in the Anglican Church in Tanzania. He serves as chair of the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, as a regent of the University of the South (Sewanee), and as a member of the board of the Archives of the Episcopal Church. He has also served on the board of the General Theological Seminary.

He is most recently the author of "This Far by Grace, A Bishop's Journey Through Questions About Homosexuality," as well a number of publications in the fields of liturgics, homiletics, sacramental theology, and pastoral practice.

At the time of his election as bishop, Alexander was the Norma and Olin Mills Professor of Divinity at the University of the South School of Theology and was priest in charge of St. Agnes' Church in Cowan, Tennessee. Previously he served as the Trinity Church Professor of Liturgics and Preaching at the General Theological Seminary in New York, during which time he also served in a variety of parish settings. He has also taught at Yale, Drew, and Wilfrid Laurier Universities.

He received a B.A. in music from Moravian College (1976), followed by a master's in music from the University of South Carolina (1979). He earned an M. Div. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (1980); and a Th.D. in liturgics from General Theological Seminary (1993).

Formerly a Lutheran pastor, he was ordained in the North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church in America and served Faith Lutheran Church in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and then as professor of Liturgics and Spirituality and Dean of Keffer Memorial Chapel at Waterloo (Ontario) Lutheran Seminary.

Alexander was born January 23, 1954, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and has been married to Lynn Tesh Alexander, a pediatric nurse practitioner, since 1976. Their children are John Jr., Kelly and Mary Catherine.

The Rt. Rev. Francisco J. Duque-Gomez, Bishop of Colombia

Francisco J. Duque-Gomez  


Francisco J. Duque-Gomez was chosen unanimously on February 2, 2001, as Bishop Coadjutor of Colombia and consecrated in the Church of San Albán of Bogota on July 14, 2001. He is the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Church in Colombia, constituted as a Missionary Church by the General Convention in 1963.

Born in Salamina (Caldas), Colombia, in 1950, he is married to Blanca Lucia Echeverry. They have three children.

He was received into the Episcopal Church in December 1967 by the first bishop of Colombia, the Rt. Rev. David Reed.

Duque holds a doctorate in law and social sciences from the Universidad Libre de Colombia in 1978. He is a practicing trial attorney for several companies and in the financial sector, as well as a university professor, teaching in the area of civil, family and commercial law since 1978.

He has studied alternative mechanisms of conflict resolution at the National University of Colombia and participated in several symposiums and conferences on the subject.

Duque studied theology at the Seminary of the Caribbean in Puerto Rico, the Universidad Javeriana of Bogota, and the Theological Training Center of the Diocese of Colombia (CET), where he currently serves as a professor of constitution and canons.

Duque also participates in social work with vulnerable groups who are victims of Colombia's internal conflicts, in union with different churches and religious denominations. He participates in different ecumenical forums involving the country's minority churches. He was the first nonstipendiary priest of the Diocese of Colombia for 12 years.

From 1997 to 2003 he represented the Episcopal Church's Province IX as a member of the Executive Council and also served as a member of its communications and international relations subcommittees. He also represented Province IX before the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He served on the Comite de Convenio of Province IX, regarding autonomy with the Episcopal Church, and participated in the writing of agreements with the Church of Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. He is president of the Province IX Court of Appeal and representative of Province IX to the Ministry Development Committee of the Episcopal Church.

He served the Diocese of Colombia as Secretary of Diocesan Convention in 1972, as well as president of the diocesan standing committee and of various diocesan committees. In 1975 he represented the Diocese before the Provincial Synod and has been a member of the Province IX Council for 20 years. In 1978 he was elected Provincial Chancellor, a post he held for 14 years.

The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. Gulick, Jr., Bishop of Kentucky

Edwin F. Gulick Jr.  

Edwin Funsten "Ted" Gulick, Jr., 57, was consecrated the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Kentucky on April 17, 1994, at St. Stephen Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

As the Diocese of Kentucky's bishop, Gulick is chief pastor to its clergy, 36 congregations and about 10,600 active members. He has served two terms on the SCEIR (Standing Committee on Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations), co-chaired the Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue (ARC-USA) from 1997 to present, and served as one of the Episcopal Church's representatives on the Consultation on Church Union (1995-2000). In 2001, he was also appointed by Archbishop George Carey to serve on IARCCUM (International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission), an ongoing commitment.

Gulick was appointed by former Presiding Bishop Edmond L. Browning to investigate, along with Bishops Mary Adelia McLeod and Rogers Harris, issues of alleged misconduct involving bishops. He also served on Committee 22 of the General Convention in 2000, which dealt with all questions related to human sexuality; co-chaired the General Convention cognate committee on Ecumenical Concerns; and served on the Member Advisory Committee for the College of Bishops, the Staff College of Bishops' "The Bishop as Recruiter" and the Staff College of Bishops conference for new bishops and spouses/partners.
At the time of his election as bishop, Gulick was rector of St. Stephen's Church in Newport News, Virginia, for 11 years. Previously he served as rector of Grace Church in Elkridge, Maryland, and as assistant at Trinity Church in Towson, Maryland. He was ordained deacon in 1973 and priest in 1974.

He received a B.A. from Lynchburg College (1970); an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary (1973); and honorary D.D.s from Virginia Theological Seminary (1994) and the University of the South (1995).

Gulick was born July 27, 1948, in Washington, D.C. and has been married to Barbara Lichtfuss, who teaches middle school students at the Anchorage Public School, since 1970. They have three adult children, Jennifer Gulick Amos; Robin K. Gulick, a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary; and a son, John E. Gulick. The Gulicks first grandson, Samuel Joseph Gulick, was born on January 12 of this year.

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Nevada

Katharine Jefferts Schori  

Katharine Jefferts Schori, 51, was consecrated the ninth Bishop of Nevada on February 24, 2001. She serves a diocese of some 6,000 members in 35 congregations. Jefferts Schori is the first woman selected as a nominee for Presiding Bishop.

Her service to the wider church includes current membership on the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion; the Board of Trustees, Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California; the CREDO Advisory Board; the House of Bishops peer coaching program; the General Board of Examining Chaplains; the Board for Church Deployment; the House of Bishops' Pastoral Development, Racism, and Planning Committees; the Court for Review of a Trial of a Bishop; the Episcopal visitor team for the Community of the Holy Spirit; and the Bishops of Small Dioceses group.

From 2001-2003 she was a member of the 20/20 Strategy Group, and served as secretary of the House of Bishops Ministry Committee at the 2003 General Convention.

She is the author of "When Conflict and Hope Abound," Vestry Papers (March-April 2005); "Building Bridges/Widening Circles" in Preaching Through Holy Days and Holidays: Sermons that Work XI, Roger Alling and David J. Schlafer, eds. Morehouse (2003); "Multicultural Issues in Preaching" in Preaching Through the Year of Matthew: Sermons That Work X, Roger Alling and David J. Schlafer, eds. Morehouse (2001); and "The Nag" in Preaching Through the Year of Luke: Sermons That Work IX, Roger Alling and David J. Schlafer, eds. Morehouse (2000). Her Maundy Thursday sermon was included in What Makes This Day Different? by David Schlafer, Cowley (1998).

She is an active, instrument-rated pilot with more than 500 hours logged.

At the time of her election as bishop of Nevada, Jefferts Schori was assistant rector at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, Oregon, where she also served as pastoral associate, dean of the Good Samaritan School of Theology, and priest-in-charge, El Buen Samaritano, Corvallis. She was ordained deacon and priest in 1994. Prior to ordination, she was a visiting assistant professor at Oregon State University's Department of Religious Studies, a visiting scientist at Oregon State University's Department of Oceanography, and an oceanographer with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle.

She received a B.S. in biology from Stanford University, 1974; an M.S. in oceanography from Oregon State University, 1977; a Ph.D. from Oregon State University, 1983; an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 1994; and a D.D. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2001.

Jefferts Schori was born March 26, 1954, in Pensacola, Florida. She has been married to Richard Miles Schori, a retired theoretical mathematician (topologist), since 1979. They have one child, Katharine Johanna, 24, who is a second lieutenant and pilot in the US Air Force.

The Rt. Rev. Charles Edward Jenkins III, Bishop of Louisiana.

Charles Edward Jenkins III  


A native of Louisiana, Charles Edward Jenkins III attended Louisiana schools and graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1973 and Nashotah House Seminary in 1976. He was consecrated bishop coadjutor of Louisiana in New Orleans on January 31, 1998 and was invested as the tenth bishop of Louisiana at Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans, on March 28, 1998.

Jenkins was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Nashotah House in 1992 and an honorary doctorate from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1999. In his continuing education, he studied for five years with Rabbi Edwin Friedman.

Jenkins was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James Brown in 1977. His first call was as assistant chaplain at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he served from 1976-77. He next served as assistant rector at Grace, Monroe, until 1979. In his only tenure out of state, he was called as rector of St. Mark's, Arlington, Texas where he served from 1979-1985. Jenkins was called as rector of St. Luke's, Baton Rouge, in 1985 where he served until his election as bishop coadjutor in 1997.

As a priest, Jenkins was president of the Standing Committee from 1992-1994. He was elected a Louisiana clerical deputy to General Convention in 1994 and 1997. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House Seminary from 1981-1991. At the 73rd General Convention in Denver, Jenkins chaired the House of Bishops Structure Committee and served as a member of the church's Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons.

At the 74th General Convention in Minneapolis in 2003, he served on the Cognate Committee on Evangelism and was appointed to the Presiding Bishop's Council of Advice. In 2004, he was elected president of the council.

In 2005 he was invited by Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold to join the delegation to address the Anglican Consultative Council's meeting as representatives of the Episcopal Church.

Following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the fall of 2005, Jenkins partnered with Episcopal Relief and Development to form the diocesan Office of Disaster Response and is involved in long-range community rebuilding plans.

He and his wife, Louise Hazel Jenkins, reside in New Orleans and are the parents of two grown sons.

The Rt. Rev. Henry N. Parsley, Jr., Bishop of Alabama

Henry N. Parsley, Jr.  

Henry Nutt Parsley, Jr., 57, was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Alabama on January 9, 1996. He was ordained and consecrated on September 28, 1996, in Birmingham, Alabama, and became the tenth Bishop of Alabama in 1999, overseeing 92 churches, eight campus ministries, and several institutions which serve some 35,000 Episcopalians in the northern part of Alabama.

He is the chair of the Theology Committee and a member of the Planning Committee of the House of Bishops. He has chaired the Standing Commission on Stewardship and Development since 1998 and the Church Pension Fund's Abundance Committee since 2001. He serves as Chancellor of the University of the South, Sewanee and as a member of the Board of Regents of the university. He has been a preacher on the Protestant Hour and active in many outreach ministries of the Episcopal Church including serving on the Board of the Presiding Bishops Fund for World Relief (now Episcopal Relief and Development). He served as a deputy to General Convention in 1982, 1985 and 1994.

At the time of his election Parsley had been the rector of Christ Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, for 10 years, and served on the Diocesan Council, the AIDS Ministry Task Force, the Department of Stewardship, as dean of the Charlotte Convocation, a member of the Board of the Thompson Children's Home and Vice President for Church Relations of the Alumni Council of the University of the South. He previously served as rector of St. Paul's Church, Summerville, and All Saints Church and Day School, Florence, and as assistant rector of St. Philip's Church, Charleston, and Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach. In the Diocese of South Carolina he was president of the Standing Committee, Chair of the Youth Department and Division of Stewardship, a Cursillo spiritual director and E.F.M. (Education for
Ministry) mentor, and served two terms on the Diocesan Council, and the Board of Trustees of the Porter Gaud School. He was an Examining Chaplain for nine years.

He received a B.A. (magna cum laude with honors in English) from the University of the South (1970) and an M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary (1973). He was ordained to the diaconate in June 1973 and to the priesthood in April 1974. He has studied at Oxford University in the areas of spirituality and soteriology, and received an honorary D.D. from the University of the South (1998) as well as a D.D. from General Theological Seminary in 1998.

Parsley was born October 29, 1948, in Memphis, Tennessee, and has been married to the former Rebecca Knox Allison of New Orleans since 1970. They have one son, Henry Nutt, III, born in 1974.

The Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls, Bishop of Lexington

Stacy F. Sauls  


Stacy F. Sauls, 50, was consecrated as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Lexington (Kentucky) on September 30, 2000.

Sauls serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, and the Budgetary Funding Task Force. He is a member of the board of Forward Movement Publications, the Episcopal Media Center, and the American Committee for the Kiyosato Environmental Education Project (Japan.)

Two new congregations have begun in his tenure as bishop, including one designed by and for young adults. A third is in the early planning stages. Yet another congregation, near closing five years ago, is being successfully redeveloped in Northern Kentucky. Under Sauls' leadership, the diocese hosted the 2004 Provincial Youth Event, which resulted in the building of St. Timothy's Youth Outreach Center at the diocesan mission at Barnes Mountain, Kentucky. The diocese hosted the 2003 national Episcopal Hispanic Youth Event at Berea College, and the 2005 Episcopal Youth Event, also at Berea College.

Sauls is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where his family has lived since the 18th century. He was born on December 9, 1955 to Kenneth and Joyce Ballard Sauls, now deceased. He moved with his family to the New Jersey suburbs when his father was transferred to New York City in 1962. When he was 15, he and his mother moved back to Atlanta to be closer to family after his parents' divorce. He graduated from Headland High School in 1973 and went on to attend Furman University, where he majored in political science.

It was at Furman that Sauls met his future wife, Ginger Malone, of Clinton, South Carolina. Sauls graduated from Furman summa cum laude in 1977 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, which was his other vocational interest, with the intention of going to seminary following graduation. He graduated from Virginia in 1980, a member of the Order of the Coif.

Sauls accepted a federal court clerkship with Judge Robert Hall and went on to practice in the corporate law department of Delta Air Lines and briefly in the newly formed firm of Phillips, Hinchey and Reid. He left the practice of law to enter the General Theological Seminary in 1985, from which he graduated cum laude with a master's in divinity in 1988.

Sauls was ordained a deacon in 1988 at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta and priest in 1989 at St. George's Church in Griffin, Georgia, where he served as assistant to the rector. He also began a more than ten-year tenure leading the Diocese of Atlanta's senior high camp. Sauls was called to be rector of St. Thomas' Church in Savannah in 1990, and by St. Bartholomew's Church to be its rector in 1994, bringing the Sauls family back to Stacy's hometown.

The Sauls were investigating opportunities to serve as missionaries in South Africa when he was elected Bishop of Lexington from a field of four candidates on the second ballot in 2000.

Ginger and Stacy Sauls were married on August 11, 1979. Ginger has been a special education teacher for 27 years, and currently directs the personal learning program at the Sayre School of Lexington. She is a founder of the diocesan Reading Camp program. Their oldest son Andrew, adopted from Korea in 1984, plans to follow his mother as a teacher and expects to continue his college education at the University of Kentucky in the fall. Their second son Matthew, adopted from Korea in 1987, is a freshman at the University of Alabama. Three dogs are a part of the family: two Labrador retrievers, Griffin and Annie, and one "other," Dottie.