Central New York adds candidate to bishop election slate

June 19, 2016

[Episcopal Diocese of Central New York] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York has announced that it has added a fifth candidate to its original slate of four candidates for the position of 11th bishop of the diocese.

The fifth candidate is the Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, rector, Christ Church, Manlius, New York.

The person elected will succeed the Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams, who is retiring after 15 years of service

The other four candidates, whose names where announced May 2, are:

  • The Very Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, rector, St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church, Fairfax Station, Virginia;
  • The Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger, canon for transition ministries and leadership development, Diocese of Indianapolis;
  • The Rev. Noah H. Evans, rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Medford, Massachusetts;
  • The Rev. Nora Smith, rector, The Church of St. Barnabas (Episcopal), Irvington, New York

The election will take place Aug. 6 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York. The ordination and consecration of the bishop-elect is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 3, 2016, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York.

The candidates will hear from the candidates on July 20-23 when the candidates will visit four locations in the diocese for a series of question-and- answer sessions called “walkabouts.”

Established in 1868, the Diocese of Central New York is made up of 13,000 Christians worshiping in 87 congregations and chapels, including one college chaplaincy. The diocese extends to 14 counties in the center of New York State:  Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins.