Diocese of Central Florida Bishop Search

Prayer for the Election of our next Bishop

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Bishop for this Diocese that we may receive a faithful pastor who will preach the Gospel, care for your people, equip us for ministry, and lead us forth in fulfillment of the Great Commission; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Letter from the Standing Committee

Dear Friends in the Diocese of Central Florida,

Grace and peace to you from your Standing Committee.

In light of the unfortunate experience of the Diocese of Florida surrounding their Episcopal Election, we want you to know we are working diligently, in consultation with diocesan Chancellor Council (Butch) Wooten and in partnership with the Search Committee toward a proper search process and a valid election.

That diligence includes:

  • Carefully reading, marking, learning, and inwardly digesting the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Central Florida, and the 81-page Report of the Court of Review of the Episcopal Church Concerning the Objections Filed to the Election of a Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Florida.
  • Conferring with the President of the Standing Committee and the Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Florida to learn from their experience.
  • Following the rules and deadlines we set for ourselves and the Charge to the Search Committee published when Bishop Brewer called for the election of his successor this past January.

Our Constitution and Canons are different from Florida’s, such that we should have none of the difficulty they experienced in holding a valid election. (For the canonically curious among us, a summary of the issues and the conclusions of the Court of Review can be found here.)

We, the Standing Committee, are at peace as we continue our process through our search and election, and we pray that same peace for you.

Please continue to pray for us, our Bishop, the Search Committee, the Transition Committee, the 3-5 Candidates who will be announced later this month, and the delegates to our electing convention.

Yours faithfully,
The Reverend Tom Rutherford
President of the Standing Committee

Timeline

Proposed Election/Consecration Calendar for Diocese of Central Florida (check back frequently)

Task When Completed
Opening Retreat
January 14th & 15th
Search Process Begins (Listening Sessions / information gathering)
February 1st
Profile Posted, Nominations are open
April 30th
Deadline for Nominations
May 31st
Screen / Interview / Background checks
June – August
Discernment Retreat for Nominees
September 12 – 15th
Candidates Presented to the Standing Committee
September 30th
Candidates Tour the Diocese to meet you and answer questions
November 7th – 11th
Special electing convention
January 14th 2023
Consecration of new Bishop
June 10th 2023

Transition Committee

The Reverend Kevin Bartle

The Reverend
Kevin Bartle

The Reverend Becky Chapman, Deacon

The Reverend
Becky Chapman, Deacon
Chairman

The Reverend John Clark, Deacon

The Reverend
John Clark, Deacon

The Reverend John Motis, Deacon

The Reverend
John Motis, Deacon ​

The Reverend Tim Nunez

The Reverend
Tim Nunez

The Reverend Jose Rodriguez

The Reverend
Jose Rodriguez

The Reverend Rose Sapp-Bax

The Reverend
Rose Sapp-Bax,
Deacon

The Reverend Eric Turner

The Reverend
Eric Turner

Dr. Lorraine Harris

Dr. Lorraine Harris

Ms. Krisita Jackson

Ms. Krisita Jackson

Ms. Leslie Jones

Ms. Leslie Jones

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Dr. Carl MaultsBy

Ms. Irais Murphy

Ms. Irais Murphy

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Ms. Nereida Perez
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Questions for the Transition Committee can be directed via email to Rev. Becky Chapman.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE DIOCESE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

EPISCOPAL SELECTION PROCESS

FOR A BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

COMMUNICATIONS:

In matters of public comment about our search and transition process, the Standing Committee, and its spokesperson, will review all communication with the press, the wider church, and our diocese. All questions and/or concerns about our work together shall be directed to the President of the Standing Committee. The Chairs of the Search Committee and the Transition Committee will communicate regularly with one another, with the President of the Standing Committee, and the Diocesan Consultant throughout the process. It is our intent that these processes proceed in a timely fashion and that the work being done is communicated effectively.  There will be regular updates available on the website for the search process www.dcfsearh.org .

THE CHARGE TO THE SEARCH COMMITTEE:

  1. You are asked to listen attentively to the Holy Spirit to help identify the person whom God may be calling to be the next Bishop of the Diocese of Central Florida. On behalf of the people of the Diocese, we are entrusting this responsibility to your careful and prayerful consideration.  After identifying our hopes, dreams and fears, you are asked to prayerfully explore the gifts and vision of those who offer themselves to our diocese.  And finally, you are to discern which nominees you believe God is calling us to consider as we prepare to elect the next Bishop of the Diocese of Central Florida.
  2. The initial task of the Search Committee is to capture the hopes and dreams of the people of the diocese. You are asked to accomplish this task through various means – public meetings, surveys, etc. – in order to facilitate as broad a participation as possible from the clergy and laity in all regions of the diocese.  At the conclusion of this process of reflection and discernment you are to produce a profile of the Diocese of Central Florida which may include such things as where we have been and where we are today after our pilgrimage journey together; our strengths and abilities as well as our growing edges; and our common vision in moving forward in faith to where God is calling us.  We also ask that after completion of the profile you review it with the Standing Committee prior to it being communicated to the wider church.
  3. No candidate will be excluded “because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age.” (Canon III.1.2).
  4. The Search Committee is charged to do a thorough vetting of each candidate, including background and reference checks, as well as deep conversations with the candidates, their current and former bishops, and leaders in their current and past congregations or organizations where they served about addiction and impairment, commitment to the Episcopal Church, and personal integrity and behavior.
  5. No serving member of either the Standing Committee or the Search Committee may be considered in any part of the process for nomination without first resigning from the committee. A member of either committee whose spouse/partner, sibling, parent, or child becomes a candidate must also resign.  If the candidate is eliminated from the process, the committee member does not rejoin the committee.  If any member resigns from either committee, that person will not be replaced.
  6. The Search Committee will be committed to establishing a level playing field for all nominees as they are presented to members of the Diocese of Central Florida. The Search Committee must make known to any candidate for nomination that communications with members of the diocese relevant to the Search, Nominations, and Election process must be restricted to official Search events and communications sponsored by the Search Committee and the Transition Committee. Potential nominees are not to engage in lobbying or campaigning at the individual, parish, or regional level. Members of the diocese will not invite candidates to be guest preachers or workshop leaders or to otherwise visit the diocese except for official events sponsored by the Search, Transitions or Standing committees. The Search Committee will discuss the use of technology and social media with all nominees, and establish a clear protocol for communication in consultation with the Standing Committee and Transition Committee. Mutual respect between nominees is desired and expected.
  7. All matters before the Search Committee are to be held in the strictest confidence, including names, parishes and dioceses of persons being considered, both during and after the search process.
  8. You are charged to present the names of three to five candidates to the Standing Committee by late October.
  9. All applicants must be nominated by a priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Central Florida and another communicant in good standing (lay or ordained) from the Diocese of Central Florida
  10. You are to ensure that all nominees meet the constitutional and canonical requirements set forth by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church as published in the 2018 edition of the Constitution & Canons.
  11. You are to report in writing (email) on the progress of your work to the Standing Committee once a month prior to their meeting.
  12. Members of the Search Committee will abstain from signing petitions for any individuals during the petition process.
  13. Members of the Search Committee will abstain from expressing their personal opinions regarding any of the candidates on the final slate to any person outside of the committee.
  14. The Search Committee shall use the following dates as benchmarks for their work:

September 30, 2022:                           Slate of nominees presented to Standing Committee.

November – December 2022:             Conduct walkabouts in the Diocese of Central Florida.

January 14, 2023:                               Special Electing Convention.

June 10, 2023                                      Consecration of our new Bishop

  1. The Standing Committee has appointed Fr. Gary Butterworth as our Search Consultant and Bishop Patrick Augustine as Spiritual Advisor to the Search Process.
  2. We ask that you pay careful attention to the needs of the nominees and their families. The Standing Committee is committed to a process that upholds the dignity of everyone involved.
  3. Finally, please know that you have our full trust and gratitude for this work to which you are committing yourselves on behalf of the Diocese of Central Florida. The Standing Committee and the people of the diocese will pray daily for you and your work.

Search Committee

Matt Ainsley 1

The Reverend
Matthew Ainsley

Jeremy Bergstrom

The Reverend
Dr. Jeremy Bergstrom

Sarah Bronos

The Reverend
Sarah Bronos

Father Gonzalez

The Reverend
Dr. Richard Gonzalez

Reggie Kidd

The Reverend
Dr. Reggie Kidd

Charles Myers

The Reverend
Charles Myers

Rev Ponce

The Reverend
Jacqueline (Jackie) Ponce

Chris Rodriguez

The Reverend
Chris Rodriguez

Stu Shelby

The Very Reverend
Stu Shelby

Linda Anselmini

Mrs. Linda Anselmini

Nadine Craig

Mrs. Nadine Craig

Marianne DiQuattro

Dr. Marianne DiQuattro

Heather Hetzel

Mrs. Heather Hetzel

Chalmers Morse

Mr. Chalmers Morse

Dr John Robertson

Dr. John Robertson

FAQs

What if I have a question for the Search Committee?

Please read the FAQs below as your question may already have been answered. Questions should be directed to the Search Committee via email at questions@dcfsearch.org  Frequently Asked Questions will be posted here.

Who is in charge of the search process and how does it work?

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Central Florida has overall responsibility for the search and election of our next Bishop.   The Standing Committee has a great deal of flexibility in how it chooses to perform and implement the search, so the process does vary slightly from Diocese to Diocese.

Bishop Brewer informed the Standing Committee of his intention to retire in the summer of 2021 and the Standing Committee has been hard at work putting the preliminary pieces of the search process in place.  First, the Search Committee has already been formed.  The Search Committee will do the bulk of the actual search process and return a list of 3 – 5 candidates to the Standing Committee by September 30th.  Once the candidates are presented, they will come to the Diocese to experience our common life together, answer questions and continue to discern the Lord’s call.

Do we have any assistance from the Episcopal Church?

Yes.   Bishop Todd Ousley is the bishop who oversees the election of Bishops in the Episcopal Church.  The Standing Committee had several conversations with Bp Ousley who has been very helpful to us and offered us a list of names of “search consultants” to help us through the search process.   The Standing Committee has elected Fr. Gary Butterworth to be our search consultant and Fr. Butterworth will work closely with the Search Committee and Standing Committee to help us manage the search process.

When may nominations be made?

The deadline for nominations was May 31, 2022 and the nomination window is now closed.

Who can be nominated for Bishop?

Per the Charge to the Search Committee, “All applicants must be nominated by a priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Central Florida and another communicant in good standing (lay or ordained) from the Diocese of Central Florida.” Additionally, a petition process which conforms to Robert’s Rules of Order will be articulated and made available by the Standing Committee after the slate of 3-5 candidates is announced in September.

How is our new Bishop selected?

Canonically, this selection is done by an election at a special electing Convention. To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority of both the lay and clergy delegates.  That convention is scheduled for January 14th 2023.

Who will vote for our next Bishop?

Delegates to the 2022 Diocesan Convention will be the electors for our next Bishop on January 14th 2023, “except when other delegates shall have been chosen in the meantime by any Congregation” (Diocesan Canon III.4).

What happens after our new bishop is elected? 

Per National Canon III.11.3-4, the bishop-elect must receive the consent of a majority of the Standing Committees and Bishops of all the dioceses of the Episcopal Church within 120 days of his/her election. Pending a successful consent process, our new bishop will be consecrated on June 10, 2023.

What is the Transition Committee and when will they be selected?

The Transition Committee is involved in the election process once the candidates have been selected and presented to the Standing Committee. Their role is to manage the diocesan walk abouts where the candidates “meet and greet” people in the Diocese.  The Transition Committee is also involved in the process of the events surrounding the election and consecration of the next Bishop.  The Transition Committee has been selected by the Standing Committee, and their names will be published this summer.

Can I call the Diocesan Office about the search process?

The Diocesan Staff is not involved in the search process.   Please direct any questions or concerns you have to questions@dcfsearch.org and the Search Committee will respond to you.

Contact

Search Committee Discernment Meetings

Dear People of the Diocese of Central Florida,

As you know, we are in the midst of the search for the next bishop of our diocese. Your Search Committee is well underway in the process, and you will find updates at our search page DCFSearch.org.

Part of the search process is gathering information from all over the diocese as we seek to discern together whom the Lord has already chosen. To this end, we have scheduled a series of “Discernment Meetings” to be held during the weeks of February 20th and 27th.

Each Deanery will have two meetings which will involve watching a video and then discussing a series of questions about what we are seeking in our next bishop. Please see the locations, dates and times for these meetings below. Everyone in the diocese is invited to these events, you do not have to attend the meeting for your specific deanery. We do ask that you RSVP to the email or phone number for each event so that the hosting parish can be prepared for the number of attendees. The meetings should last about one hour and your input is critical to the process. 

For those unable to attend, the video and questions will be available on our search website in the near future, so that you can watch the video and answer the questions at your convenience. However, we are encouraging you to attend in person, so please make every effort to be present for the meetings.

The schedule is as follows:

Discernment MeetingsDate/TimeLocationAddressRegistration EmailChurch Phone Number   
Central DeaneryMar. 1 at 12:00 p.m.All Saints, Winter Park338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789liz.stewart@allsaintswinterpark.org407.647.3413
Central DeaneryMar. 3 at 6:30 p.m.All Saints, Winter Park338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789liz.stewart@allsaintswinterpark.org407.647.3413
Northeast DeaneryFeb. 23 at 1:00 p.m.St. James, Ormond Beach38 S Halifax Dr, Ormond Beach, FL 32176administrator@stjamesobfl.org386.677.0872
Northeast DeaneryFeb. 23 at 6:00 p.m.St. James, Ormond Beach38 S Halifax Dr, Ormond Beach, FL 32176administrator@stjamesobfl.org386.677.0872
Northwest DeaneryFeb. 22 at 12:00 p.m.St. Thomas, Eustis317 S Mary St, Eustis, FL 32726office@stthomaseustis.org352.357.4358
Northwest DeaneryMar. 3 at 6:30 p.m.Holy Faith, Dunnellon19924 W Blue Cove Dr, Dunnellon, FL 34432holyfaithepiscopal@att.net352.489.2685
Southeast DeaneryFeb. 22 at 12:00 p.m.Trinity, Vero Beach2365 Pine Avene, Vero Beach, 32960ahiser@trinityvero.org772.567.1146
Southeast DeaneryFeb. 22 at 6:00 p.m.Trinity, Vero Beach2365 Pine Avene, Vero Beach, 32960ahiser@trinityvero.org772.567.1146
Southwest DeaneryFeb. 24 at 7:00 p.m.St. Paul’s, Winter Haven656 Ave L NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881spwh.pa@gmail.com863.294.8888
Southwest DeaneryFeb. 26 at 12:00 p.m.St. Paul’s, Winter Haven656 Ave L NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881spwh.pa@gmail.com863.294.8888

We look forward to seeing you at the meetings as we seek to discern our Lord’s call for the next bishop of our diocese. 

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Chris Rodriguez

Chair of the Search Committee

Discernment Meetings

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Search Committee

Mrs. Nadine Craig, Fr. Matt Ainsley, Mrs. Linda Anselmini, Dr. Marianne DiQuattro, Mrs. Heather Hetzel, Rev. Sara Oxley, Fr. Reggie Kidd, (back row, left) Fr. Chris Rodriguez (President), Fr. Stu Shelby, Fr. Jeremy Bergstrom, Bp. Patrick Augustine (spiritual advisor), Mr. Chalmers Morse, (on monitor; top row) Rev. Sarah Bronos, (lower left) Ms. Lexy Gueverra, Dr. John Robertson

Bishop Search Committee

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