The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan makes up the upper peninsula of Michigan. A beautiful place without very many people. They have been a leader in finding new ways to do church. Once again they have selected their candidate for Bishop and have done it in a new way. They continue to think out of the box and most of the things they have tried have worked very well.
Michigan announced on January 23 the results of a year-longdiscernment process: its slate for a new "Episcopal Ministry Support Team" and a single candidate for bishop.
The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester has been named candidate for bishop/ministry
developer. He currently serves as ministry developer and rector at St. Paul's Church, Marquette and St. John's Church,
Negaunee, as well as ministry development coordinator for the diocese.
If elected at a special convention to be held
February 21 at St. Stephen's Church, Escanaba, Thew Forrester will succeed the late Bishop James Kelsey, who was
killed in an automobile accident on June 3, 2007.
While I celebrate with them. I also morn for Jim Kelsy their last Bishop who
died tragically in a car accident. I knew him and he was a great guy and an excellent Bishop. The Diocese has a website to remember Jim here it is worth a visit.