~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey
from Jared's blog, Scribere Orare Est today...
...after I was confirmed, he gave me the bread and though I had always known that Eucharist connected us regardless of my denomination, at that moment I gratefully felt an even closer connection to him. I know for a fact I would not be anywhere near the minister, preacher, or person that I am if I had not known him.
That’s why I smiled very very big when I got the news today…
From the Diocese of Northwest Texas’ press release:
NORTHWEST TEXAS: The Rev. J. Scott Mayer elected bishop
The Rev. J. Scott Mayer, rector of The Church of the Heavenly Rest, Abilene, Texas, has been elected as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Northwest. Mayer was elected on the second ballot, with 90 of 141 registered laity and 38 of 47 registered clergy. The Electing Convention was held on Saturday, November 22, 2008, at place at St. Paul’s on the Plain Church in Lubbock, Texas.
Mayer was elected from a slate of four nominees, including the Rev. Ronald D. Pogue, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Galveston, Texas; the Rev. J. Christopher Roberts, Rector, St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, Papillion, Nebraska; and, the Rev. Stephen F. Zimmerman, Rector, The Chapel of St. Andrew, Boca Raton, Florida. A fifth nominee, the Rev. C. Christopher Thompson, Rector, Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia, withdrew his name from consideration earlier in the week.
Mayer, a 1992 graduate of The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, TX, was ordained in the Diocese of Dallas, where he served as Curate of St. James Episcopal Church in Texarkana. He has served at Heavenly Rest in Abilene, TX, first as Associate Rector then Rector, since 1994. Mayer, 53, and his wife, Kathy, have two grown children, Diane Stearns and Daniel Mayer, and one grandchild, James. The bishop-elect will succeed The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Jr., who will retire effective January 1, 2009. Consecration of the new Bishop is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2009, in Lubbock, Texas.
The Diocese of Northwest Texas, having emerged out of the Missionary District of North Texas in 1958, is celebrating its 50 year of ministry. Comprised of 80 out of Texas’ 254 counties, the diocese encompasses the entire panhandle plus a broad swath of North and West Texas, from Vernon in the Red River Valley to the Pecos River in far West Texas. There are 18 parishes, 16 missions, 5 preaching stations, four college chaplaincies, a Conference Center and Camp and the Hulsey Center in Lubbock which houses the Diocesan offices.