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Seeking the IXth Bishop of Florida

 
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Congratulations to our Bishop Coadjutor Elect

The Reverend Charlie Holt

Dear Diocese of Florida family,

We are delighted and honored to share that today during our Special Electing Convention at St. John's Cathedral, our voting body of more than 200 clergy and lay delegates selected The Rev. Charlie Holt as our Bishop Coadjutor Elect.

Father Charlie will ultimately succeed Bishop Howard upon his retirement in late 2023 to serve as the ninth bishop in our Diocese’s 184-year history.

Father Charlie has served the Episcopal Church for almost 25 years. He began in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he developed a true heart for evangelism and discipleship as hundreds of people came to a new relationship with the Lord and he helped plant a new church in the city.

He then served as rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lake Mary, Florida for 16 years. Most recently, he moved his ministry to Houston, Texas where he has focused on developing a world-class teaching center at St. John the Divine over the past four years.

Please join us in congratulating Father Charlie on his election - we look forward to seeing his vision, leadership and ministry in action across our Diocese.

Prior to becoming Diocesan bishop, Father Charlie will assume the temporary role of Bishop Coadjutor upon his consecration in October 2022. From there, he will learn from and assist Bishop Howard in diocesan matters until his late 2023 retirement.


In addition, we'd like to thank the other four candidates for Bishop Coadjutor for their passion and all of the time they dedicated to our Diocese during the multi-month search process. 


Our appreciation for the way they immersed themselves in our communities cannot be overstated as it ensured a vote filled with clarity and confidence. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors as they continue to serve parishes and spread the word of God across our region.


Thank you all for your participation throughout the entire search process and election. Our Diocese will continue to be a strong, tight-knit community and will enjoy a prosperous future in large part because of you. 


For the Glory of God alone,

The Standing Committee

 
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A Letter from the Standing Committee
and Chancellor

Dear Members of the Diocese of Florida,
 
An objection has been filed by a little over 10% of voting delegates challenging the Bishop Coadjutor election. As your Standing Committee and Chancellor, we want to assure you – with the highest degree of confidence – that we believe in the election’s validity from every perspective.
 
Below are the key facts on the election that provide more context and clarity. We value transparency, so if you have any questions, please contact us any time at standingcommittee@diocesefl.org.
 
Our Articles of Reincorporation require two-thirds of all canonically resident clergy to form a quorum for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor Elect.

We offered an online option to canonically resident clergy only on Thursday, May 12 in order to meet the clergy quorum requirement. This permitted clergy impeded by factors such as COVID-19 risk, travel and emergencies to attend and vote digitally.

We comfortably met the quorum thanks to clergy eager to participate.

This option was not offered to laity because unlike clergy delegates, lay delegates have alternates who can attend and act in their stead. 

Diocesan Council ensured that our bylaws permit online attendance and voting, according to Florida Law.

The quora for both clergy and lay delegates were confirmed prior to and following each round of balloting at Convention and no objections or questions were raised by any candidate or delegate.

The voting process, tallies and final result were fully audited and confirmed by independent, non-Episcopal auditors.

During the Convention, no objections were made to any other procedures by any delegate or the candidates.
 
We value the input and consciences of our few friends who have objected, and we will do everything we can to follow the proper channels so that their questions and concerns may be answered.

Thank you, again, for your participation throughout the entire search process and election. We look forward to the exciting next steps of the transition period and welcoming Bishop Coadjutor Elect Father Charlie Holt and his family back into our Diocesan family.
 
With Faith, Hope, and Love,
Your Standing Committee
The Rev. Joe Gibbes                        Mr. Ben Hill
The Rev. Teresa Seagle                    Mr. Arthur Crofton
The Rev. Sarah Minton                     Ms. Jackie Jones
 
Fred C. Isaac, Chancellor

 

A Prayer for our Diocese

O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishop John, our Bishop Elect Charlie, our clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
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