Neil Lebhar

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The Right Reverend
Neil Lebhar
Bishop of the Gulf Atlantic
Church Anglican Church in North America
Diocese Gulf Atlantic Diocese
In office 2010-present
Predecessor See created
Successor Incumbent
Orders
Consecration February 13, 2010
by Archbishop Robert Duncan

Neil Gedney Lebhar is an American Anglican bishop. He is the first bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, a newly formed diocese of the Anglican Church in North America. He has been rector of the Anglican Church of the Redeemer in Jacksonville, Florida.

Early life and career[edit]

Lebhar was raised in Westport, Connecticut, the eldest son of a physician.[1] He graduated from the Loomis School, where, as a senior, he was converted to Christianity in 1967 through FOCUS under the ministry of future Episcopalian bishop John W. Howe.[2][3]

Lebhar married his wife, Marcia, in 1971. He graduated from Princeton University in 1972, served as field director for FOCUS, and received seminary degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary.[3] In 1979, Lebhar was appointed associate rector at Truro Church under John W. Howe. He served there until being called as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Jacksonville, then a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. Lebhar also served on the boards of Church's Ministry Among Jewish People and Shoresh, and as vice chairman of the 2000 Jacksonville Billy Graham Crusade.[4]

Anglican realignment[edit]

In 2007, objecting to the consecration of Gene Robinson and the theological views of the TEC, Lebhar and several other clergy and parishes left the Diocese of Florida and sought canonical affiliation with the Church of Uganda. On March 25, 2008, Lebhar and 21 other clergy were deposed by Florida Bishop Samuel Johnson ("John") Howard.[5]

Lebhar was elected the first bishop of the newly formed Gulf Atlantic Diocese on August 29, 2009.[2] He was consecrated on February 13, 2010, at Jacksonville's Holy Family Catholic Church by chief consecrator Robert Duncan. The co-consecrators were John Guernsey, John E. Miller III, Martyn Minns, and Joel Obetia, who had served as Lebhar's bishop in Uganda.[6]

Lebhar continues to serve in parish ministry in Jacksonville in addition to his episcopal duties, which he has said is a good model for the ministry of a bishop.[4] In 2012, Lebhar received AMIA bishop John E. Miller III and the parishes under his care as a temporary "assisting bishop" in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Dr. Neil F. Lebhar: Obituary". New York Times. February 13, 2002. 
  2. ^ a b Brumley, Jeff (September 1, 2009). "Jacksonville priest becomes bishop for Anglican diocese". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Lebhar". CMJ USA. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Bishop Neil Lebhar". Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Brumley, Jeff (April 13, 2008). "22 Episcopal clergy deposed". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gulf Atlantic Diocese Consecration Bulletin". Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Virtue, David (May 1, 2012). "Two AMIA bishops move to ACNA". Virtue Online. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
See created
Bishop of the Gulf Atlantic
2010–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent