Tenth Bishop of Michigan (2000-current )
Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. was born March 21, 1954, and lived in Washington, D.C. as a child. Before college Gibbs became a postulant in the Roman Catholic Order of the Holy Trinity, living and taking classes for three years at a Maryland monastery. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson University, Maryland, worked several years in various businesses.
Gibbs joined the Episcopal Church during this period, and in 1984 enrolled in Seabury-Western Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, where he graduated in 1987. After serving at Emmanual Church, Rockford, Illinois (1987-1989) and in several other positions, Gibbs became rector of St. Andrew’s, Cincinnati, in 1993, where he served until he was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Michigan on October 2, 1999.
Gibbs was consecrated bishop on February 5, 2000, and became the Tenth Bishop of Michigan on the retirement of Bishop Wood in November of that year.