Kentucky diocese elects Terry Allen White as bishop

June 4, 2010

The Very Rev. Terry Allen White was elected June 5 as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church.

White, 50, dean of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City in the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri since 2004, was elected on the second ballot out of a field of four nominees.

He received 40 of 76 votes cast in the lay order and 35 of 56 votes cast in the clergy order at a special electing convention at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in Louisville.

Pending a successful consent process, White would succeed the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. "Ted" Gulick, 61, who became bishop in 1994. In October 2008, Gulick announced his intention to retire. The consecration is expected to take place on Sept. 25 at the Galt House in Louisville.

White has served congregations in the Diocese of Chicago including: Trinity Church, Highland Park (1995-2004) and twice at Christ Church, Winnetka, as associate rector from 1991 to 1995 and as curate from 1985-1987.

He also served congregations in the Diocese of Fond du Lac in Wisconsin as: vicar of St. Paul's Church, Plymouth, and St. Boniface, Chilton, from 1987-1991.

He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1959. He received his master of divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1985 and a bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1982. He was ordained a priest in 1986.

He is married to Linda Sue White. They have two children.

The other nominees were:

• the Rev. David Allen Boyd, 54, rector, St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin (Diocese of Texas);
• the Very Rev. John P. Downey, 56, dean, Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie (Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania); and
• the Very Rev. William Nicholas Knisely Jr., 49, dean, Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix (Diocese of Arizona).

Information about all the nominees is available here.

The Diocese of Kentucky encompasses 36 congregations and represents some 10,500 Episcopalians. It comprised the entire state until 1895, when it was divided in half with the Diocese of Kentucky covering the western half ot he state and the Diocese of Lexington, the eastern half.

Under the canons (III.11.4) of the Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees must consent to the bishop-elect's ordination as bishop within 120 days of receiving notice of the election.

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