The Rev. Rich Martindale, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church since 2005, has been nominated by petition as a candidate for Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries. The bishop has oversight of 18,000 Episcopalians in federal service, including military chaplains, VA hospitals and the federal prison system.
He and the other known seven candidates will appear before the House of Bishops on March 19 in Texas. The House of Bishops will elect the nominee on March 24.
The office is based in Washington, D.C.
Early this month, a list of six candidates was released. Following that, clergy who sought to be added could be nominated by petition.
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The other known candidates are:
The Rev. Carl Andrews, 61, a U.S. Air Force colonel and chaplain stationed at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas.
The Rev. James “Jay” Magness, 63, canon for mission and diocesan administration, Diocese of Southern Virginia.
The Rev. Babs Meairs, 59, field coordinator in the Office of the Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries.
The Rev. C. Christopher Thompson, 56, rector, Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The Rev. John Weatherly, 58, Joint Force Headquarters (Virginia) chaplain and rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Va.
The Rev. Carl W. Wright, 50, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and chaplain, Air Force Global Strike Command, stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, La.
Like Martindale, the Rev. Robert Certain, 62, rector of St. Peter and St. Paul, Marietta, Ga., has been nominated by petition to join the slate. Certain is a retired Air Force chaplain. He will speak at Trinity for its fifth and final Lenten Luncheon Series on March 22.
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