Central Pennsylvania diocese announces 3 nominees for bishop

December 9, 2014

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania has announced a slate of three nominees to stand for election as the 11th bishop of the diocese.

The nominees were presented to the Standing Committee by the Bishop Search Committee on Dec. 1.

The three are:

The Rev. Canon David A. Pfaff, 50, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of Milwaukee;

The Rev. Canon Audrey Cady Scanlan, 56, canon for mission collaboration and congregational life, Diocese of Connecticut;

The Rev. Douglas Everett Sparks, 58, rector, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Rochester, Minnesota (Diocese of Minnesota).

The announcement of the slate opens a nomination-by-petition process for possible additional nominees that begins Dec. 11 and closes Dec. 18. Information about that process is here.

The next bishop will be elected March 14 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg. Pending the subsequent required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of The Episcopal Church, the bishop-elect will be ordained and consecrated on Sept. 12, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in  Harrisburg.

The bishop-elect will succeed the Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter, who retired in May. Since that time, retired Diocese of Western Michigan Bishop Robert Gepert has been serving as the diocese’s bishop provisional.