Steve Wood (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Stephen D. Wood
Bishop of the Carolinas
Consecration of the Rt. Rev'd Stephen D. Wood, first Bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas..jpg
Church Anglican Church in North America
Diocese Diocese of the Carolinas
In office 2012-present
Predecessor See created
Successor Incumbent
Orders
Ordination June 1991
by James Moodey
Consecration August 25, 2012
by Robert Duncan
Personal details
Born 12 October 1963
Cleveland, Ohio

Stephen Dwain "Steve" Wood (born October 12, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American bishop. He is currently serving as the first bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas, a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), as well as rector of St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Early life and career[edit]

Wood was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Wickliffe, Ohio.[1] He received his B.A. from Cleveland State University in 1986 and his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1991, after which he was ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church. Wood served at Episcopal churches in Ohio until being called in 2000 as rector of St. Andrew's, Mount Pleasant, which was then a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.

Under Wood's leadership, St. Andrews was described as "one of the Lowcountry’s biggest church success stories", growing to a membership of more than 3,000 and planting new churches in Goose Creek and downtown Charleston.[2] In 2006, Wood was one of three finalists in the election for Bishop of South Carolina; ultimately Mark Lawrence was elected.[2] In 2010, St. Andrew's voted by a large margin to leave the Episcopal Church and affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America.[3]

Episcopacy[edit]

Shortly after joining ACNA, Wood became involved with efforts to create the Diocese of the Carolinas, which was formed with 14 congregations with an average Sunday attendance of over 2,700. He served as vicar general of the diocese while in formation and, in 2012, he was elected to serve as its first bishop.[4] Wood was consecrated on August 25, 2012, at St. Andrew's by Archbishop Robert Duncan. Co-consecrators included Archbishop-elect Stanley Ntagali of Uganda and Bishops Roger Ames, John Guernsey, and Alphonza Gadsden.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "St. Andrew's Clergy Staff". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Parker, Adam (August 19, 2012). "Steve Wood of St. Andrew’s Church to lead new Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas". Post and Courier. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Griffith, Greg. "South Carolina: Largest Parish in Diocese Votes Overwhelmingly to Affiliate with ACNA". Stand Firm in Faith. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Witte, Sully (June 13, 2012). "Wood Elected Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina". Moultrie News. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Treading Grain". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
See created
Bishop of the Carolinas
2012–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent