The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg
Born in Fayetteville, N.C., on July 11, 1947, Charles vonRosenberg graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a bachelor of arts in 1969. He earned his master of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1974. Early in his episcopate, the University of the South's School of Theology awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity.
Ordained as a priest in 1975, he served as rector/vicar of four small churches in and around Belhaven, N.C. He was vicar and rector of churches in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina from 1976 until 1989.
For many years, Bishop vonRosenberg served in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, as rector of the Church of the Resurrection in Greenwood and later as Canon to the Ordinary (assistant to the Bishop) of that diocese from 1989-1994. Later he accepted a call to be rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Wilmington, N.C.
As Third Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, he oversaw an area of 34 counties in Tennessee and three in North Georgia, with 45 congregations and five worshiping communities and nearly 16,000 active members.
Bishop vonRosenberg served in the House of Bishops, and ex officio on the board of trustees of the University of the South. He was also was elected to the university's board of regents. In 2008 he attended the Lambeth Conference and participated with other bishops in a “Walk of Witness” through central London to draw attention to the Millennium Development Goals, which target poverty reduction around the world.
Bishop vonRosenberg and his wife, Annie, a native of Alexandria, Va., married in 1973 and they have two sons and families, including six grandchildren. The vonRosenbergs reside in the Daniel Island community of Charleston.
A visit from Scotland
The Rt. Rev'd Dr. Robert Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in the Scottish Episcopal Church, presents Bishop vonRosenberg with a special crozier: a "shepherd's stick" crafted from white thorn and oak at Balmoral Castle. The two bishops became friends at the 2008 Lambeth Conference, and Bishop Gillies was the guest preacher for two "Kirkin' o' the Tartan" services at Grace Church Charleston on Sunday, February 10.
- Episcopal News Service: "Scottish bishop preaches unity in South Carolina"
- Read Bishop Gillies' report on the trip
- Read Bishop Gillies' sermons
- See more photos from the Kirkin'
View the 2014-2015 schedule here
St. Francis, Charleston
All Saints, Hilton Head Island
St. Stephen's, Charleston
All Saints, Hampton
The Bishop's Messages
A Parable of Controversy
Good Shepherd, Sumter
The Temptation of the Particular
St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach
The Power of Story
The Episcopal Church in Myrtle Beach
A letter from Bishop vonRosenberg
Report to Province IV Synod
at Kanuga, NC
The Bishop's Address
at the 223rd Annual
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