The Diocese of Southern Virginia faces many of the same challenges that many other Christian traditions face:  declining and aging congregations, rising maintenance costs on buildings, reduced revenues, a secular culture that currently is polarized and divided. Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, is calling Episcopalians to be the face of love and respect, and the Diocese of Southern Virginia is ready to heed his call.

We hope this profile has given you a “snapshot” of our Diocese. We appreciate your time as you begin a time of reflection and discernment.

Gracious and loving God, who speaks to us in the deep places of our hearts, grant us the wisdom to listen for your voice and to follow your will in our lives. We humbly ask that you guide us as we seek a shepherd for the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Support with your grace those that you have chosen to respond to this call. Let your Holy Spirit so direct them and us, that together we may discern your call for the next Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  We ask this in the precious name of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We invite you to join us in prayer and, if you feel God’s call to enter this process of further discernment, please complete the application.

Applications closed Friday March 15

If you know someone whom you feel would be a “good fit” for this Diocese and might consider entering the discernment process, we encourage you to complete the nomination form. We will contact the nominee directly and issue an invitation to apply.

Nominations closed Friday March 15

If you have questions, or any problems completing either of the above forms, please contact Pam Pringle, Chair of the Nominating/Search Committee at

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