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'
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The Bishop's Messages
July 1, 2015
A message from the Bishop on actions at General Convention regarding marriage
June 27, 2015
A message from the Bishop on the election of Michael Curry as the 27th Presiding Bishop
June 18, 2015
A message from the Bishop
following the shooting at Emanuel AME in Charleston
Growth in the Spirit
Embrace the Mystery
Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawley's Island
The Love of God in Action
St. Anne's, Conway
Life and Love in Community
Heavenly Rest, Estill
Grace Church, Charleston
Good Shepherd, Summerville
The Pace of Life's Journey
St. Mark's, Port Royal
Homecoming: A Renewal of Identity
St. James-Santee, McClellanville
The Lord's Passion and Our Lives
St. Philip's Chapel, Voorhees College
No Power to Help Ourselves
St. George's, Summerville
Christ Church, Denmark
Knowledge and Love
The East Cooper Episcopal Church
The Lord's Baptism and Our Own
St. Alban's, Kingstree
The Episcopal Church in Okatie
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AND MESSAGES HERE
The Bishop's Address
224th Annual Diocesan Convention
at Holy Communion, Charleston
November 15, 2014
The Bishop's Address
223rd Annual Diocesan Convention
at All Saints, Hilton Head Island
February 22, 2014