New Bishop Search

Please Pray for Us

The search for a new bishop is underway! Please pray without ceasing for the nominating and electing process. Please also pray for the mission of the diocese in each of our churches to continue in the power of the Spirit.

Committee on Nominations

ABQ deanery: Pete Falk, Paul Brennand, Chancellor Bill Lock, At-Large Bert Schrecengost
El Paso deanery: Ken Hanna, George Wayne, Youth Representative Kristie Cossel, Adviser Gus Haddad
Mexico deanery: Elías Rosales Méndes, Meredith Omland
West Texas deanery: Tom Finnie, Jo Millican, Chancellor Mark Brown
Gabriel Borja (observer, Comunidad Cristiana-Puebla)
Bishop Bill Murdoch (consultant)

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Click the link above to read encouragement about leadership, episcopacy, bishop roles & more from Scripture, saints of the church, our Archbishop, Anglicans, and from within our own diocese! New posts weekly on Wednesdays.

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Final Candidates

Fr. Jack Estes

Rector, Ascension Anglican Church in Bakersfield, CA

Fr. Steven Tighe

ACNA Canon for Youth Ministry, El Paso, TX

Virtual "Walkabouts"

November 9-12, 2020

Each of the four deaneries in the Diocese of the Southwest will host an evening featuring our two finalists for Bishop. Each evening will begin at 7 p.m. deanery local time. All meetings are on Zoom.

Albuquerque: November 9
West Texas (Midland): Nov. 10
Mexico: Nov. 11
El Paso: Nov. 12

Each meeting will be organized by the deanery. More information from them should be arriving soon. 

The evenings will be moderated. One finalist will appear. Emailed questions from the deanery will be forwarded by the moderator to the finalist. After a short break, the second finalist appears to speak and answer questions. 

General inquiries may be sent to:

We look forward to spending time with you in the deanery virtual walkabouts. Please keep our finalists in your prayers as we approach the Electing Synod on December 12.

-The Rev. Pete Falk, Chair of the Committee on Nominations

Canon 6 The Office and Election of a Bishop

Section 1. The Bishop's Calling

A Bishop is called by God and the Church to be a shepherd who feeds the flock entrusted to his care.  A Bishop is an overseer of the flock and as such is called to propagate, to teach, and to uphold and defend the Faith and Order of the Church.  The Bishop should not lord his office over those entrusted to his care, but be an example of a servant minister to the flock. By the tradition of Christ' s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church Bishops are consecrated for the whole Church and are successors to the Apostles through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Bishops are the chief pastors of the Diocese and the administrators of Godly discipline and governance.

Section 2. Criteria for Bishops

To be a suitable candidate for Bishop, a person should:

  • Be a person of prayer, a student of God 's word, and of mature faith·
  • Be genuine in the practice of Godly moral character and conduct;
  • Have a zeal for winning souls, and for making disciples for Christ;
  • Have demonstrated evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in his life;
  • Possess the leadership and teaching gifts needed to fulfill the office;
  • Be respected for evidencing Godly pastoral leadership;
  • Have demonstrated the ability to lead, establish, and grow the Church; and
  • Be a male presbyter at least 40 years of age.
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