|The Rt Revd
Samuel Johnson Howard
|Bishop of Florida|
|In office||2004 — present|
|Predecessor||Stephen Hays Jecko 1994-2004|
|Consecration||November 1, 2003|
September 8, 1951 |
Howard was born on September 8, 1951, and is a North Carolina native. He is a 1973 graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and has been married to his wife, Martha Marie, since 1974. They have two grown sons, Augustus and Charles.
Howard graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1976. He practiced law in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1976 to 1986. He also worked on the staff of the Commerce Committee of the United States Senate.
Howard radically changed his career by returning to school and graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained as a deacon in June 1989 and a year later was ordained as a priest. His first position was assistant to the rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte, North Carolina, then rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Howard served as vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street from December 1997 until going to Florida in 2003.