IGRC episcopal field narrowed to four


SPRINGFIELD -- The IGRC delegation to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional conferences will interview four candidates who have offered themselves for consideration to the episcopacy following a screening committee meeting that narrowed the field.

Six candidates reportedly completed the paperwork necessary to be considered with a maximum of four candidates being forwarded to the full delegation on Oct. 31. At that meeting, the delegation will interview each of the four candidates with the goal of naming an endorsed candidate on Nov. 7.

To date, three candidates within the North Central Jurisdiction have been endorsed by their respective delegations -- Rev. Dr. Frank Beard of Indiana; Rev. Tracy Smith Malone of Northern Illinois and Rev. Dr. David Alan Bard of Minnesota.

Delegates will elect three bishops to the NCJ College of Bishops to replace those that are retiring -- Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton of the Illinois Area; Bishop Michael Coyner of the Indiana Area; and Bishop John Hopkins of the Ohio East Area.