The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has completed the process of discerning who will stand for election as the next bishop of the diocese.

In a report to the Bishop, Standing Committee, and members of the diocese dated March 1, 2012, the Bishop Search/Nominating Committee identifies five priests on the final slate of nominees. The group includes those previously named by the committee to a preliminary slate, along with one additional nominee who qualified for the ballot during a designated period of nomination by petition. The five nominees are:

The Rev. Canon Michael N. Ambler, Jr., Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, Maine;

The Rev. Dorsey W. M. McConnell, Rector of Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts;

The Rev. Canon Scott T. Quinn, Rector of Church of the Nativity, Crafton, Pennsylvania;

The Rev. R. Stanley Runnels, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri;

The Rev. Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Denver, Colorado.

The Search/Nominating Committee’s report includes biographical sketches of the nominees, as well as their answers to a set of questions concerning their call to the ministry of Bishop of Pittsburgh, how they might lead the diocese and support its congregations, the challenges facing the church that energize them, and how they would respond to someone inquiring about being a Christian.

The report also details the year-long process by which the Search/Nominating Committee solicited input from a wide spectrum of parishioners to develop the criteria used for selecting the slate from an initial field of 124 names.

The document is being distributed at the March 3 Leadership Day to the approximate 140 clergy and lay deputies who will elect the new bishop at a Special Convention of the diocese to be held Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh.

Copies of the report will be made available to every active congregation in the diocese. It is also posted on the special Bishop Search section of the diocesan website at

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