The Rev. Luis Fernando Ruiz was elected Bishop of Ecuador Central on the first ballot. Ruiz, of the diocese of Colombia, received 102 of the 117 ballots cast on March 17.
Ruiz is the rector of the Catedral de San Pablo in Bogotá. He has served several churches in the diocese of Columbia, was a member of various committees and commissions of the Episcopal Church, and was a deputy to the 2006, 2003 and 1991 General Conventions. As a lawyer, he held various posts in the Columbian judicial system, including Family and Juvenile Court judge, and taught aspects of law in various universities.
The election was held at the House of Bishops, meeting in retreat at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina. A simple majority of the votes cast by the bishops was necessary for the election. Since the election was held within 120 days of General Convention in July, it will be presented to the House of Deputies for confirmation. Following approval at General Convention, the consecration is slated for August 1, 2009.
The other candidates were: the Rev. Thomas Mansella, of the Diocese of Virginia, the language services coordinator for the Episcopal Church; and the Rev. Canon Servio R. Moscoso, of the Diocese of New Jersey, the rector of Iglesia San José in Elizabeth.