Episcopal Church to install new Central Valley bishop

March 28, 2008 10:08am

•  Jerry Lamb tasked with rebuilding church hit by schism

•  Ceremonies Saturday in Lodi

Jerry Lamb is scheduled to be installed as provisional bishop of the “new” San Joaquin Diocese of the Episcopal Church on Saturday.

He would replace John-David Schofield who earlier this year led a walkout of some Central Valley members of the church, re-aligning them with a South American Anglican diocese.

Mr. Lamb, 67, most recently served as interim bishop in the Diocese of Nevada. He retired as bishop of the Diocese of Northern California in 2007.

It’s the first time a full diocese has revolted from the national Episcopal Church.

Mr. Schofield had railed against the ordination of women and homosexuals by the church.

He took an estimated 6,000 of the diocese’s estimated 8,000 members with him. The national church fired him earlier this year.

The remaining Episcopalians are being organized into a “new” diocese that covers the same geographic area, roughly from Lodi in the north to Bakersfield in the south.

An organizational meeting is scheduled to begin Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi, followed in the early afternoon with the installation ceremonies.

Yet to be determined is which organization will hold title to the church property in the Central Valley.

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