- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina is one of four finalists to lead the Episcopal church in the United States.

The church announced in a news release that The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry of Raleigh joins The Rt. Rev. Tom Breidenthal of Southern Ohio, The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas of Connecticut and The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith of Southwest Florida as nominees to become the chief pastor of the Episcopal Church.

The 62-year-old Curry was elected bishop in North Carolina in 2000. He began his ministry in 1968 as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen’s church in Winston-Salem.

The Episcopal Church’s new leader will begin a nine-year term on Nov. 1

The Episcopal Church has more than 2 million members in over 100 dioceses in 17 countries.

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