Meet the bishop nominees

October 22, 2019
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A series of four “walkabouts” will introduce our three nominees to become the 11th Episcopal bishop of Missouri to members of the diocese. Here’s how they’ll work.

Are you planning to attend one of the four walkabouts? During the week of Nov. 4, four churches in the Diocese of Missouri are hosting sessions to meet the nominees—an opportunity to hear from all three clerics—one of whom will become the 11th bishop of Missouri.

The Rev. Stacey Fussell, the Rev. Deon K. Johnson and the Rev. George D. Smith are the only nominees since the open petition period for nominations closed on Oct. 4. Find out more about them on the diocesan website.

The scheduled meet-and-greet sessions, known colloquially as “walkabouts,” represent another important milestone on the road to seating a new bishop on April 25, 2020.

The Bishop’s Transition Committee has arranged four walkabouts that week—two at churches within the St. Louis metropolitan area and two outside the region in Columbia and Cape Girardeau. The format is the same at all four locations.


The walkabouts will begin with a half-hour period for greeting and refreshments. Attendees will be assigned a room in order to evenly divide the audience among the three nominees. Attendees can write out questions on notecards.

After refreshments, the audience will convene in the nave of the church for a welcome and opening prayer, a review of the process and a brief introduction by each nominee.

The attendees will divide into separate rooms and the first of three sessions will begin. A nominee will be assigned to each room. A 25-minute Q&A session will begin with a question from the committee to get the session started. Handwritten questions submitted by attendees will follow. At the close of that session, the attendees will stay seated and the nominees will rotate from one room to the next.

By the end of the evening, all the nominees will have appeared before all the attendees for a Q&A session. The nominees will close the walkabout in prayer before the sessions are adjourned. All of this happens, of course, before the election for the new bishop at the diocesan convention on Nov. 23, 2019.

The Transition Committee designed this format to optimize the flow of the event and to provide an opportunity for the nominees to field as many questions as possible within our time frame.


Here is the walkabout schedule:

  • Nov. 4:  Christ Episcopal Church, Cape Girardeau, 5:30­­­–8 p.m.
  • Nov. 5:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Central West End, St. Louis, 5:30­­­–8 p.m.
  • Nov. 6:  Calvary Episcopal Church, Columbia, 5:30­­­–8 p.m.
  • Nov. 7: St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Creve Coeur, 6­–8:30 p.m.

The Transition Committee asks that attendees register in advance of the walkabouts they want to attend. That will allow the committee to plan properly for space and food. Also, child care will be available at each walkabout, but parents who require the service must register in advance. See this page on the diocesan website to register.

As we expect a good crowd at each event, attendees might consider carpooling. Email with questions.

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