Bishop Sumner

 

The Parish Hall Ceremony and Dedication

The Visit of the Bishop on October 21, 2018

It was a glorious day on Sunday, October 21, 2018, when the Bishop, the Right Reverend George Sumner, visited the Church of the Apostles to celebrate Baptism, Confirmation,  Reaffirmation and dedicate the new Parish Hall. Because of his wonderful visit, here are some memorable pictures.  Other pictures are located on the Parish Hall website page.

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The Visit of the Bishop on April 2, 2017

The Right Reverend George Sumner met with the congregation of the Church of the Apostles on April 2, 2017.  The congregation welcomed him with open arms as he celebrated Baptism, Confirmation, and Reaffirmation.  Thus, his visit comes as a visible sign of our connection to the wider Church throughout the world.  In addition, as a connection back through history to the Apostles themselves.

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The Rt. Reverend George Sumner became elected as the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas’ 7th bishop during a special election in May 2015.  He oversees the administrative needs throughout the diocese.  Most importantly, he is the chief pastor for more than 31,000 Episcopalians, 200 clergy and 100 congregations, schools, and institutions.

Prior to his election, Bishop Sumner served as principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada. He was the dean of a growing seminary, and as a result, was the chief administrator responsible for strategic planning.  Furthermore, Bishop Sumner encourages the young, future Episcopal priests, stewardship, relations with bishops, and oversees the clergy’s continuing education.

Bishop Sumner became ordained as an Episcopal priest in western Massachusetts in 1981 and served in a variety of capacities: youth minister, missionary teacher in East Africa, curate in an inner-city Anglo-Catholic parish, vicar on a native American reservation in New Mexico and Arizona, and rector in a small town. Bishop Sumner has a Ph.D. in theology from Yale and wrote a book about priestly callings and a commentary on Daniel. In addition, he also has a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. from Harvard College.  Dr. Sumner is affiliated with the Anglican Communion Institute, a conservative think tank.

Finally, Bishop Sumner and his wife, Stephanie, have two children.