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Three nominated for Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries

August 23, 2016

Three nominees have been announced for Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries.

With an office based in Washington DC, the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries is a member of the staff of Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry.

The three nominees are:

  • The Rev. Christopher Garcia, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Greenwood VA, Diocese of Virginia.  A career Army officer, he retired after 25 years of service in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps with the rank of Colonel. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq for Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and retired as Colonel.
  • The Rev. David McElwain, Veterans Administration staff chaplain in Cheyenne, Diocese of Wyoming.  A retired Navy Commander, among his military posts he served as Pastoral Care Chaplain at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL and as Command Chaplain, Supervisory Chaplain, and Battle Group Chaplain, USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group.
  • The Rev. Carl Wright, St. Andrew’s Church, Pasadena, MD, Diocese of Maryland. In his military career, he has served as Deputy Command Chaplain for the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) at Barksdale AFB, LA. Commissioned an Air Force Chaplain in August 1993, Lieutenant Colonel Wright is an Associate Member of the Anglican religious Order of the Holy Cross (OHC).

The election is slated for the fall meeting of the House of Bishops in September. According to Episcopal Church Constitution Article II sec. 7, the House of Bishops who have gathered for the session will elect the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries. The successful nominee must garner at least 50% of the total votes plus 1.

Christopher Weaver, Rear Admiral, US Navy-retired, is the chair of the search committee.  Members of the committee are: Major General Razz Waff, USA (Ret); Chaplain (Col) Paul Minor, USANG; Col Stephen Dalzell, USA (Ret); Chaplain (Col) Carl Andrews, USAF (Ret); Chaplain Marion Thullbery, Department of Veterans Affairs; Chaplain Christine Waweru, Federal Bureau of Prisons.

 For more information contact Weaver at, or Maggie Mount


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Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer