BISHOP VISITING HOLY CROSS CHURCH
By LORETTA FULTON
The Rt. Rev. Ryan Reed, bishop of the Fort Worth Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America, will visit the local congregation at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. The local congregation, Holy Cross, meets in Carleton Chapel in the campus center at McMurry University.
Reed, who was consecrated as bishop of the diocese in September 2019, will be making his first visit to Abilene. Bryan Stewart, a religion professor at McMurry, is vicar of Holy Cross.
The Anglican Church in North America was formed in a split from the Episcopal Church in the United States over issues of human sexuality and the ordination of women. The Episcopal Church in the United States is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, is the spiritual leader of the communion. Michael Curry is the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Abilene is home to two Episcopal churches, Heavenly Rest and St. Mark’s. The local churches are members of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, with Scott Mayer as bishop.
Stewart, vicar of the Holy Cross Anglican Church and religion professor at McMurry, has a master of divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. He was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America by Jack Iker, former bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth. That diocese split from the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in 2008.
Reed, bishop of Fort Worth, replaced Iker. A native of Nebraska who grew up in Houston, Reed was ordained to both the diaconate and priesthood by Iker in 1996 and 1997, respectively. His entire ordained ministry tenure has been within the Diocese of Fort Worth, most recently as Dean of St. Vincent’s Cathedral, the location of the Inaugural Assembly of the Anglican Church in North America in 2009.