Bishop of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, consecrated May 12, 2001. Previously Dean and Rector of Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas (1993 – March 2001). St. Matthew’s is an urban congregation in the inner city of Dallas with 2,100 baptized members and 1,500 communicants; rector of St. John’s Church, Clearwater, Florida, from 1972 to 1993 and curate of Christ Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey, from 1970 to 1972. Bachelor’s degree in history is from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
Received the Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from The General Theological Seminary in New York City and Doctor of Ministry in evangelism from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia; was honored by The General Theological Seminary, The University of the South, and Virginia Theological Seminary, by their granting Doctor of Divinity degrees.
For sixteen years has been a reader, chaplain, and a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains; serves on the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, representing the Episcopal Church in ecumenical dialogues with the United Methodist Church; serves on various hospital, seminary and University boards; served on the Committee for the Armed Forces for the Episcopal Church; is an associate of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, a religious order for men focusing on spirituality; and a member of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. In the Diocese of Dallas and Southwest Florida he was a deputy and an alternate to General Convention; member and president of the Board of Pinellas County Comprehensive Addiction Services, Florida; was a member of the board of directors of The Children’s Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Thanksgiving Square (an interfaith gathering), and the East Dallas Community Organization.
Born December 6, 1944; he has been married to Kathlyn Anne Cowie (Kathy), a registered nurse and school nurse teacher, since 1970. They have two sons, Andrew Gray and Ian James.