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ARKANSAS: Fifth nominee for bishop added to slate

By Mary Frances Schjonberg
[Episcopal News Service]  The Rev. Jo Ann Barker, 57, rector of St. Mark's Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas, has been nominated by petition as the fifth candidate to become the 13th Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas.
The previously announced nominees are:
The Rev. Larry R. Benfield, 51, rector, Christ Church, Little Rock, Arkansas;

The Rev. Brian N. Prior, 47, rector, Church of the Resurrection, Spokane Valley, Washington;

The Rev. Dr. Gregory H. Rickel, 43, rector, St. James' Church, Austin, Texas; and

The Very Rev. John C. Ross, 51, dean, St. John's Cathedral, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Biographical information and photographs of all the nominees, together with the nominees' responses to six questions posed by the diocesan nominating committee, are available here
The new bishop will succeed Bishop Larry E. Maze, who will retire at the end of the year.
The nominees will visit with and be interviewed by clergy and lay convention delegates on October 21 at St. Mark's Church in Little Rock. The election by those delegates will take place on November 11 at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. The new bishop is scheduled to be consecrated on January 6, 2007, at the Episcopal Collegiate School, also in Little Rock.
The Diocese of Arkansas consists of 55 congregations with 15,000 members in the state of Arkansas.