Bonnie Anderson, Brian Prior re-elected to lead House of Deputies

July 10, 2009

Bonnie Anderson and the Rev. Brian Prior have been re-elected to serve as president and vice president of the House of Deputies respectively. Anderson's selection by acclamation took place July 9, and Prior was elected on July 11. This is the second three-year term for both.

Anderson served three years as vice president of the House of Deputies before being elected president in 2006. Before that she served as a deputy from the Diocese of Michigan seven times.

In addition to presiding at meetings of the House of Deputies, Anderson is vice chair of Executive Council (the Episcopal Church's governing body between General Conventions) and has the responsibility of appointing members to various church committees, commissions, agencies and boards.

During her first term as president, Anderson has traveled widely throughout the Episcopal Church advocating for the ministry of all baptized people. She also organized a Conference of the Anglican Church of the Americas in February 2009, in Costa Rica.

Anderson holds honorary doctoral degrees from Episcopal Divinity School and Seabury-Western Theological School. She also is an honorary canon of the Cathedral de El Sanor in Quito in the Diocese of Central Ecuador.

Prior, rector of the Church of the Resurrection in the Spokane Valley in the Diocese of Spokane, also was a seven-time deputy before his election as vice president of the House of Deputies in 2006. He was chaplain to deputies during General Convention in 2003 and has been active in ministry at the diocesan, provincial and national level in various capacities.