The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr.

Provisional Bishop of Fort Worth
Fort Worth

Bishop High was elected provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth at the 30th Diocesan Convention November 3, 2012, in Stephenville, TX. He succeeds the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl. Bishop Ohl was elected in November 2009. He succeeded the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. (Ted) Gulick, who was elected the first provisional bishop at the Special Meeting of the Diocesan Convention in February 2009 when the diocese reorganized following the departure of the former bishop from The Episcopal Church.

Bishop High is the recently retired bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. He was canon for pastoral ministries and the diocesan liaison to St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital when he was elected bishop suffragan, June 7, 2003 at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. He was consecrated on October 4, 2003 at Camp Allen.

Formerly he oversaw congregations in the Northeast, San Jacinto and Southeast Convocations. This includes Beaumont, Jasper, Liberty, Orange, Port Arthur and Port Neches in addition to Silsbee and Woodville as well as the area of east Texas from Jefferson to Lufkin, Longview and Henderson areas. In addition to his Episcopal visitations (and confirmations) Bishop High was Executive for Pastoral Ministries, overseeing the pastoral care of clergy and their families as well as renewal and prison ministries.

Prior to becoming Canon for Pastoral Ministries, Bishop High served in parish ministry for 32 years, most recently as rector of St. Paul's, Waco. A native of Houston, Bishop High graduated from Bellaire High School; University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was elected to represent the diocese as a deputy at General Convention on eight occasions and was named Waco humanitarian of the year. High and his wife Pat have been married for 48 years and have three children and six grandchildren. They are building a home in Fort Worth and will be moving to Fort Worth in early 2013 when it is completed.


Contact Info
4301 Meadowbrook Drive
Fort Worth