In June 2017, Bishop Bill Murdoch announced his retirement and confirmed that he would call for the election of a new bishop in an 18-month process. That work is now almost complete. The Committee on Nominations for Bishop (CnB) have now selected the final two candidates for election, the Rev. Andrew Williams and the Rev. Canon Dr. Thomas Herrick. Each candidate is listed below with a link to their webpage that contains their spiritual autobiography, curriculum vitae, and answers to the questions put to them by the CnB. Additional information and important documents can be found below, along with a general calendar outlining upcoming dates.
The Rev. Andrew Thomas Williams
Drew Williams began his professional life as a lawyer in the United Kingdom. From 1989-1998, Drew was a corporate litigator specializing in defending law suits brought against the legal profession. Despite a successful career, it was during this time that Drew began to sense that something significant was missing in his life, and much to the surprise of Drew and his wife, Elena, they found themselves drawn into something far deeper, and ultimately came to a living faith in God through the love, support and friendship of their Anglican Parish. A time of discernment followed, and after much prayer and strong encouragement from those who knew him, Drew resigned from his law firm and began training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol. He graduated with an honors degree in theology and was ordained in the Diocese of Exeter in 2000. Drew spent six years as Associate Vicar (Pastor) of St. Andrew’s, Chorleywood, a vibrant suburban congregation just outside London. Prior to coming to Chorleywood, he served a congregation in the southwest of England. Since October 2009, Drew Williams has been the Senior Pastor of Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT with a particular area of focus in developing and overseeing a new outreach strategy through the creation and support of Mission Shaped Communities (MSC’s) led by lay-persons that broaden and multiply the ministry of his congregations and have led to significant growth in both depth and numbers.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Thomas G. Herrick
Tom Herrick is the Executive Director of the Titus Institute for Church Planting, a ministry dedicated to establishing a church multiplication movement in North America. He is a church planter and has served as a catalyst for church multiplication at the regional and national levels since 1995. His work includes coaching and training church planters and network leaders, training and certifying coaches, performing assessments for prospective planters, developing strategic plans for churches, networks and dioceses, and teaching church planting for several seminaries in MDiv and DMin degree programs. Tom has planted churches in Houston, TX and Centreville, VA, and served in various capacities of leadership: 9 years serving on the Church Planting Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (serving as Chairman 6 of those years), 4 years as National Director for Church Planting with the Anglican Communion Network, and the past 7+ years as Executive Director of the Titus Institute for Church Planting. Tom serves as adjunct professor for church planting and teaches Masters and Doctoral courses at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Planting, and at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Tom is a frequent conference speaker whose passion is to spread the vision for Great Commission Church Multiplication.
Bishop Bill explains the process of discernment the ADNE will undertake with our two new candidates:
Important Links and Documents
- A GUIDE FOR PRAYERFUL DISCERNMENT (PDF)
- A GUIDE FOR PRAYERFUL DISCERNMENT (BOOKLET)
- Revised CNB Report on their Discernment Process
- Walk-About Online Portal for Question Submissions
- Profile of the ADNE
- Profile of the Bishop of ADNE
- ADNE Canon for the Election of a Bishop
Important Upcoming Dates
- ADNE Day of Prayer 9-22-18 (PDF Guide)
- Diocesan “Walk Around”Oct 11-13, 2018
- Episcopal Election (Synod 2018) Nov 16, 2018
- College of Bishops Ratify Candidate 9-Jan-2019
- ADNE Episcopal Consecration 16-March-2019
This page will continue to be updated as the process moves forward and more information is released.