Convention News

On Saturday, February 24, 1018, 200 people gathered at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Winchester for the 122nd Convention of the Diocese of Lexington. Holy Trinity’s deputies to the convention were Lisa Estes-Cheatham, Bette Jo Sharp, Billie Bell and Barbara Smith. The Rev. Karen Booth, Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity, was elected to represent the Diocese of Lexington as Sewanee Trustee. Thank you to our convention deputies and congratulations to Mother Karen on her new assignment.
The Diocese of Lexington is pleased to announce the Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering as our new Bishop Provisional. After learning of the Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell’s intent to resign his position as Bishop Provisional, the Standing Committee entered into a process of discernment with the Office of Pastoral Development for The Episcopal Church and other leaders within the Diocese. This led to a motion, made by The Reverend Matthew Young, President of Standing Committee, at the 122nd Annual Convention of the Diocese, held February 24, 2018, inviting the Diocese to place itself under the provisional charge and authority of Bishop Van Koevering. “What impresses me the most about Bishop Van Koevering is his ability to articulate how important his relationship with Jesus Christ truly is and, based on that, how he lives with an expectation of God to act,” stated The Reverend Matthew Young, President of the Standing Committee. “The Diocese of Lexington should very much benefit from Bishop Van Koevering’s honesty, integrity and maturity.” The motion passed with an overwhelming positive response from Deputies of Convention. Bishop Van Koevering’s ecclesiastical authority begins immediately at the close of Convention, and he will take up residence in the Diocese at the beginning of April.
Bishop Mark and his wife, The Reverend Helen Van Koevering, spent 13 years in the Diocese of Niassa, where he served as the Bishop. He resigned that position to return to the United States and serve as Assisting Bishop in West Virginia. Bishop Mark brings gifts for ministry and experience that will benefit some particularities in our Diocese, especially ministry in Appalachia and on behalf of small congregations. He is pleased to be able to join our Diocese in mission and ministry: “After meeting with the Standing Committee, the Episcopal Election Planning Committee, the Diocesan Staff and most of the Clergy of the Diocese, I have grown increasingly encouraged by what I have heard and seen. God is at work among you. I want to thank you for your trust and confidence. It is a precious gift and a solemn responsibility that you offer, and I look forward to working with you as together we join God’s mission adventure.” The Diocese is hopeful that Bishop Mark’s tenure in the Diocese will endure for many years.