- Associated Press - Sunday, May 4, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Episcopalians have elected a rector from Ridgeland to become the next bishop of Mississippi.

The Very Rev. Brian R. Seage of St. Columb’s Episcopal Church was chosen yesterday over four other nominees, one from Hattiesburg and the others from North Carolina, Missouri and Denver.

“The people of this diocese have ministered to my family and me in so many amazing ways. It is an honor to join with the faithful of this diocese in this new relationship,” he said.

If confirmed, he will succeed the Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray III in February, when Gray retires.

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi said Saturday’s election took five ballots. It was held at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson.

The other nominees were the Rev. Marian Dulaney Fortner, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg; the Very Rev. Michael J. Battle, vicar of St. Titus Episcopal Church in Durham, North Carolina; the Rev. R. Stan Runnels, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Day School, Kansas City, Missouri; and the Rev. Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Denver.

Seage (pronounced “Sage”) has been rector of St. Columb’s (KAHL-umz) in Ridgeland since 2005. He has been a priest since 1998.

Before that, he was director of youth ministry for St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in his native Thousand Oaks, Calif.



Diocese: https://www.dioms.org/

St. Colomb’s: https://www.stcolumbs.org/

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