[Diocese of East Tennessee] George Dibrell Young, III, fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, has announced that he plans to retire at the end of 2017 and has called for the election of his successor.
Young expects to retire as a new bishop is ordained. Young’s successor will be elected in August 2017 and the anticipated ordination date will be December 2017/January 2018; the actual date will be determined by the presiding bishop.
Young has served the East Tennessee diocese since 2011.
In a letter to the diocese, Young said, “God has blessed us in many, many marvelous ways. I am more grateful to God and to you than I could ever express,” but said that in retirement he looks forward to spending more time with his family. Young maintains offices in Chattanooga and Knoxville, traveling from the home he shares at Sewanee with his wife, the Rev. Kammy Young, director of contextual education and lecturer in contextual theology at the Sewanee: University of the South’s School of Theology.
Young has recently initiated diocesan participation in the Missional Network – networked communities of leaders that “partner and learn together how we might join with God in our local contexts.” This “Going Local Initiative” will be his primary focus during the next 18 months.