The 8th Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan is the Rt. Rev. Robert R. Gepert. Bishop Gepert was born August 24, 1948 in Pittsburgh, PA. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Point Park College, he taught high school (outside of Washington, DC) for eleven years.
A former Roman Catholic, Gepert became an Episcopalian and acted on a call to the priesthood that he had experienced since childhood. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1985. Ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Washington, he served congregations there and in the Diocese of Bethlehem; later moving to the position of dean of Trinity Cathedral in the Diocese of Easton.
His educational training also includes five years studying with Dr. Edwin Friedman in family systems theory and its application to congregational life, and he has served as a “systems coach” for clergy members who desire to utilize this approach to their congregations. He received a diploma as a Fellow of Pastoral Leadership from Princeton Theological Seminary and is working towards a DM (Doctor of Ministry) In Congregational Development; with a focus on new church starts, analysis and intervention for health. Upon his retirement in August 2013, he and his wife his wife Anne Labat-Gepert will retire to Lancaster, PA.