DETROIT (DPS, May 12) -- The Rev. R. Stewart Wood, Jr., 53,
rector of St. John's Church, Memphis, Tenn., has been elected Bishop
Coadjutor of Michigan.
His election on the fifth ballot took place on May 7 at a
special electing diocesan convention held at the Cathedral Church of
St. Paul in Detroit. His electors were the 385 clergy of the diocese
and lay delegates representing the 190 congregations of the diocese
that are spread throughout the eastern half of the state.
Bishop-elect Wood, who was born and raised in Detroit, is a
graduate of Dartmouth College and Virginia Theological Seminary and
also holds a masters degree in counseling and sociology from Ball
State University. He is presently working toward a D.Min. at Virginia
He has served as curate of St. Paul's, Columbus, Ind.; vicar
of the Brown County Mission, Bean Blossom, Ind.; associate and rector
of All Saints Church, Indianapolis; and rector of Christ Church,
He has served on diocesan councils and standing committees,
and he was a deputy to General Convention from 1970 to 1976 and in
1982. For six years, he directed a diocesan casework and counseling
agency in the inner city of Indianapolis.
He is married to the former Kristin Miller, and they have
three children, ages 22 to 29.
Wood was one of twelve candidates, seven of whom were placed
in nomination from the floor, and one of four remaining on the fifth
Among the five candidates placed in nomination by the diocesan
nominating committee was the Rev. Helen M. Havens, rector of St.
Stephen's Church, Houston, Tex., whose name is now destined to go down
in the annals as one of the earliest female candidates for the House
of Bishops. Havens withdrew after the third ballot.
The other three candidates nominated by the committee were:
the Rev. Canon Harold T. Lewis, staff officer for Black Ministries at
the Episcopal Church Center in New York; the Rev. Hays Rockwell,
rector of St. James' Church, New York City; and the Rev. J. Daniel
Burke, rector of St. Martin's Church, Providence, R.I.
Nominated from the floor were the Rt. Rev. H. Irving Mayson,
Suffragan Bishop of Michigan; the Rev. Robert F. Wollard, field
director, Whitaker Theological School, Detroit; the Rev. Peter H.
Beckwith, rector of St. John's Church, Worthington, Ohio; the Rev.
Henry A. Doherty of the Diocese of Indianapolis; the Rev. A. Raymond
Babin, rector of St. Paul's Church, Romeo, Mich., the Rev. K. Dexter
Cheney, diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Michigan; and the
Very Rev. Bertram N. Herlong, dean of the Cathedral of St. Paul in
On the fifth and final ballot, the bishop-elect had 121
clerical and 216 lay votes, Rockwell had 62 clerical and 102 lay,
Mayson had 36 clerical and 52 lay, and Doherty had one lay vote.
Bishop-elect Wood will succeed the retiring Diocesan, the Rt.
Rev. H. Coleman McGhee, Jr., when he retires. McGehee has been Bishop
of Michigan since 1973.