Upon the retirement of the Right Reverend Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III as Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina in December 2019, the Standing Committee announced in a letter on January 23, 2020, that they had voted to move forward with the process that will lead to the election and consecration of the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina.
In the absence of a Bishop, as outlined in ARTICLE IX, Section 2 of the Constitution of the Diocese, the Standing Committee is currently acting as the ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese. The current President of the Standing Committee is the Reverend Canon Caleb Lee. In January 2019, the Rt. Rev. Henry N. Parsley, Jr. agreed to serve as visiting bishop, with the Standing Committee as Ecclesiastical Authority, during the time of transition while the diocese seeks our next bishop.
The search for the next Bishop was paused briefly due to the COVID-19 pandemic from April 22 until August 31, 2020. The current timeline projects that an election for the XV Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina will be held in Spring 2021, with the anticipated Consecration before the end of 2021. Find more information on the search at the Bishop Search website.