June 30, 2016: Leaders of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina have nominated the Right Reverend Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III as the next Provisional Bishop for the diocese, calling him to South Carolina as he prepares to retire as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.
The Standing Committee has called a special convention for September 10 at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, where delegates will vote on installing Bishop Adams as the successor to Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg.
Bishop Adams was the unanimous choice of the Standing Committee, said the committee’s President, the Reverend Jean McGraw. The nomination follows a four-month search process. Read more here.
On January 14, 2016, Bishop vonRosenberg announced his plan to retire after concluding his 2015-2016 calendar of episcopal visitations. Read his letter here.
Find out more about this transition on our Leadership Transition Page.
The Right Reverend Charles Glenn 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 from February 1999 until his retirement in June 2011, 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.
He has served as Bishop Provisional of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina since a special diocesan Convention on January 26, 2013, when he was elected and invested as Bishop.
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 2015-2016 schedule here
The Bishop's Messages
June 19, 2016
Gratitude in All Things
St. Alban's, Kingstree
June 13, 2016
A Message from the Bishop
following the Orlando massacre
June 12, 2016
The Significance of Gratitude
Church of the Epiphany, Summerville
May 29, 2016
The Order of Things in Heaven
St. James-Santee, McClellanville
May 22, 2016
The Divine Mystery of the Trinity
Holy Communion, Allendale
May 15, 2016
The Beginning of Our Story
Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island
May 8, 2016
Times In Between
The Episcopal Church in Okatie
May 1, 2016
Peace that Endures
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston
April 24, 2016
St. Mark: The Gospel, the Day, and the Church
St. Mark's, Port Royal
April 17, 2016
Mutual Knowledge is Basic
Good Shepherd, Summerville
April 3, 2016
Truth Sets Us Free
Holy Communion, Charleston
March 23, 2016
An Easter Message from the Bishop
March 20, 2016 - Palm Sunday
Life and Death in Holy Week
St. Anne's, Conway
March 17, 2016
A Word from the Bishop
Reflecting on the Spring 2016 House of Bishops Meeting
March 7, 2016
The Call to Reconciliation
St. Philip's, Voorhees College
February 28, 2016
God's Holy Otherness
St. George's, Summerville
February 14, 2016
Temptations of the Past
St. Stephen's, Charleston
January 31, 2016
Love in Action
East Cooper Episcopal Church
January 24, 2016
Distinction Without Exclusion
St. Mark's, Charleston
January 15, 2016
On the Anglican Primates' Gathering
January 14, 2016
On plans to retire in Summer 2016
January 10, 2016
All the Baptized
Christ Church, Denmark
January 3, 2016
The Real Story
Good Shepherd, Sumter
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