From the Standing Committee

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life, and resurrection.

Like many other dioceses over the period of 2020-2021, we found the journey towards discerning the person God is calling as our next Bishop taking more twists and turns than we expected.  However, our Lord Jesus has continued to lead us, and we now have the joy of being able to offer this profile to the wider church and to those open to discernment about whether God may call them to be with us.

The Standing Committee is very grateful to all the members of our diocese who filled out the survey, submitted comments, and joined in Zoom and in-person listening groups.  We also thank all the members of the Election Committee, laypeople, and clergy from across the regions of Central and Southern Illinois, for their diligent work.

Our survey results emphasized the baseline need for a bishop to be “a person whose life is deeply formed by faith in Jesus Christ” and who “clearly communicates a Christ-centered theology.” The Examination and vows in the liturgy for the ordination of a Bishop in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 517-518) flesh out what that formation and communication look like in a vocation to the Episcopate; they could have been included in this profile, as they form the foundation underneath all the specific hopes and dreams expressed by individuals over the past months. (Episcopal Services – The Ordination of a Bishop, p. 517-518))

In keeping with our uniquely transparent two-stage election process, no “search committee” has winnowed the data or narrowed the field of potential candidates; what you see here is information on our context for ministry along with the unfiltered voices of many members of our Diocese.  The discernment, winnowing, and narrowing is up to you, in concert with our Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to whom be glory now and evermore.

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield

Mr. Randy Winn
Mrs. Helen Williams
Mr. Gerry Smith
The Rev. James Muriuki
The Rev. Beth Maynard
The Rev. Ben Hankinson
The Rev. Shawn Denney
Mr. Kevin Babb




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