Bishop Stokes Calls for Election of 13th Bishop of the Diocese

On Sept. 2, 2021, The Right Reverend William H. Stokes, 12th Bishop of New Jersey, called for the election of the 13th Bishop of New Jersey, announcing his intent to retire in June 2023. On this page, you’ll find all the latest news and resources about the process.

The Standing Committee has general oversight responsibility for the election process and is working on retaining a consultant to advise them and the wider diocesan community.

Ms. Valaida Guerrero, member of St. Andrew’s Church in New Providence and a Trustee of the Diocese, will serve as the Chair of the Episcopal Search and Nomination Committee for the election of the 13th bishop.

Key Dates (so far)

September 26—Each congregation will meet to nominate six people to attend a special Convocation Meeting. Congregations will report the names of their representatives to the dean of their convocation.

October 24—Convocations will hold a special meeting to elect from the parish representatives one clergy and one lay person to be on the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee.

June 24, 2023—Consecration of the 13th Bishop of New Jersey


Home Page for the Election of the 13th Bishop of the Diocese

Bishop Stokes’ Letter to the Diocese

Standing Committee’s Letter to the Diocese

Canon 9 of the Diocese of New Jersey

Article XI on the Election of a Bishop