Mid-America Diocese of the APA elects a Bishop Coadjutor
February 25, 2014
On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the delegates of the Diocese of Mid-America, Anglican Province of America, unanimously elected the Rt. Rev. Robert Todd Giffin, the present Bishop Suffragan, to be Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese.
He will succeed the Rt. Rev. Dr. Larry Lee Shaver as Bishop Ordinary when he retires at the 2015 Diocesan Synod.
The Synod was well attended, and was held at the Anglican Church of St. Andrew the Evangelist in Merrillville, Indiana.
The Rev. Canon John W. Berry, Canon Missioner of the Diocese, was the Celebrant.
Bishop Giffin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin.
He is 43 years of age, married, with three children. He resides in Newburgh, Indiana, where he is Vicar of All Saints Anglican Church, and is also employed as the full time Chaplain of the Evansville State Hospital, a 168 bed facility for the seriously mentally ill located in southern Indiana.
He was consecrated as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Mid-America on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at the Anglican Church of St. Andrew the Evangelist in Merrillville, Indiana.
The Chief Consecrator was the Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, D.D., assisted by the Rt. Rev. Brian R. Marsh, President of the House of Bishops of the ACA, the Rt. Rev. Chandler Holder Jones, SSC, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Eastern United States (APA), and the Rt. Rev. Dr. Larry L. Shaver, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Mid-America (APA). Bishop Giffin is an Officer (OStJ) of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, a British order of Chivalry.
The Diocese of Mid-America began in 2003, when the former independent Diocese of St. Augustine of the former Anglican Rite Synod of the Americas (ARSA) united with the Anglican Province of America (APA).
The former diocesan structure dissolved at this time, integrating itself into the existing APA, becoming a formal diocese in 2010.
The Diocese of Mid-America encompasses the States of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The Diocese of Mid-America is seeking to expand its presence through the planting of new missions. Please feel free to contact the Rev. Canon John W. Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-325-9802.
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