On Thursday, March 15, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves called for the selection of a new bishop for the Diocese of El Camino Real. The announcement followed a long period of prayer and discernment for the timing of the departure. An electing convention will be held on June 1, 2019, and the ordination & consecration of the next bishop will be held January 11, 2020. Until that date, Bishop Mary has stated that she will continue with her usual “passion and commitment.” Read her full announcement here. The Standing Committee also released a message outlining the transition process, available here. The committee will oversee the transition and election process, assisted by the Office of Pastoral Development and search consultant Judy Stark.

Now is the time to consider whether God is calling you to be part of the Search Committee. This vital ministry will start with a one-day retreat in Salinas on June 23 and continue until March 2019 when the Search Committee will provide a slate of candidates who match the profile of our next bishop, all of whom have been thoroughly screened and interviewed and have had an opportunity to visit and meet with people around the diocese.

Search Committee members will most likely have some experience with employment processes in the secular world and will be detail oriented, but will also recognize that this is first and foremost a process of holy discernment on our behalf.

If you are interested in being considered, please read the Search Committee Ministry Description. Complete the online application form here. All applications must be completed by April 30.

Read the Standing Committee’s Theological Statement and Charge to the Search Committee.

The Rev. Dr. Caroline Hall (Chair), St. Benedict’s, Los Osos
The Rev. Channing Smith (Vice Chair), St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Liz Frost (Secretary), St. Stephen’s San Luis Obispo
Lisa Gonzalez, St. Benedict’s, Los Osos
Ernst Rosenthal, Calvary Episcopal, Santa Cruz
The Rev. Shelley Denney, Episcopal Church in Almaden
The Rev. Katherine Doar, St Francis Willow Glen, San Jose
John Melvin, St. John’s Aptos

Follow this page for updates and resources as we begin the search for the Diocese of El Camino Real’s fourth bishop.

Transition Milestones

Hire Consultant

Select Search Committee

Develop Budget

Search Committee Develops Profiles

Nominating Period Begins


Transitions Committee Convenes

Video Interviews

Background Checks Begin

Search Committee Conducts Discernment Conference

Candidates’ Slate Announced

Petitions Period

Transitions Committee Takes Baton

Candidates Introduced to Diocese

Deanery Walkabouts

Electing Convention

Consents from Episcopal Church

Bishop-Elect on Board

Consecration of New Bishop – January 11, 2020

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