The Rev. Canon William “Chip” H. Stokes, GTS Class of 1990, has been elected as Twelfth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Stokes, who is currently Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Delray Beach, FL, was elected on May 4 out of a field of nine nominees by the election convention meeting at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. Pending a successful consent process, the ordination is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. Stokes will succeed the Rt. Rev. George Edward Councell who has served as the diocese’s Eleventh Bishop since 2003, and also currently serves on General’s Board of Trustees.
A Diocese of New Jersey press release noted that by electing Stokes, the diocese has secured “a prophetic figure…who is willing to take the lead in speaking and taking action on behalf of marginalized peoples, the poor and immigrants especially…” and is “someone who is deeply concerned about young people and has taken innovative steps to help young people and their families grow in faith."
“I am humbled beyond expression and deeply honored to have been elected as the Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey. I am grateful to the people of the Diocese for their confidence, support and prayers,” Stokes said in a statement. “The Diocese of New Jersey is a part of the deep history of the Episcopal Church. It is an overwhelming thing to be brought into that history through this election.”
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