The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr. was consecrated by Katharine Jefferts Schori as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan on September 28, 2013 in Grand Rapids. Bishop Hougland grew up in a Roman Catholic family in central Kentucky where he became aware of his call to Holy Orders as a teenager, but when his wife Dana stole his heart in high school, he knew that becoming a Roman Catholic priest presented "significant problems." He and Dana were married in the Episcopal Church and have raised their two daughters in the church.
Bishop Hougland was called again to Holy Orders after a dissatisfying career in the corporate world. He attended The School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee and was ordained a priest in 1998.
Bishop Hougland believes in developing a personal rule of life, and patterns his own after the Rule of St. Benedict, which includes prayer, study and daily reflection on scripture.
His name is Whayne – with an "h." It is his great-great-great grandmother's maiden name and is Welsh for wagon maker – one who makes a way to cary the heavy stuff of life. "I like my name and strive to live into it in helping others carry the heavy stuff of life by making a way for God," he said.
He and his wife Dana reside in Grand Rapids, MI.