EASTERN MICHIGAN: Steven Todd Ousley consecrated bishop coadjutor

September 24, 2006

The Rev. Steven Todd Ousley was consecrated September 9 as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Eastern Michigan.


Ousley, 45, will succeed the Rt. Rev. Edwin M. Leidel Jr., 67, the first bishop of the diocese, who retires at the end of this year.

Michigan Bishop Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. was the chief consecrator. Co-consecrators included Bishops Leidel, Jr., James A. Kelsey of Northern Michigan, Robert R. Gepert of Western Michigan, Rayford B. High, Jr. of Texas, and Gary L. Hansen of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Other bishops who participated in the service were Edward Little of Northern Indiana, Michael Garrison of Western New York, Mark Hollingsworth of Ohio, Steven Miller of Milwaukee, Victor Scantlebury of Chicago, Wayne Smith of Missouri, and Bruce Howe, Diocese of Huron, Anglican Church of Canada. ELCA Bishop John Schreiber also participated.

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, associate director of CREDO, was the preacher. Her sermon is available here.

Ousley, Eastern Michigan's missioner for congregational development and clergy deployment, was elected May 6. In June, his election received the consent of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

Prior to joining the diocesan staff, Ousley was the rector of St. Francis Church and School in Temple, Texas, and of Holy Comforter Parish and School in Angleton, Texas. He had also been assistant to the rector at Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas.

Ousley -- who uses Todd as his first name -- is a native Texan and holds degrees from Baylor University and Texas A&M. He earned the Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in congregational development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He was ordained to the priesthood February 1, 1992. He and his wife, Ann, have three sons.

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