Live Webcast of the Consecration

Dear Friends in Christ Jesus in the Diocese of Northern Indiana,

The Consecration of the Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana will be webcast live on Saturday, June 25th at 11:00 EDT.

To view the webcast, please visit the diocesan website at The service bulletin is available there for download.

The webcast will begin a few minutes before the liturgy begins to give you time in advance.

Blessings to you,
The Transition Committee

Post-Walkabout Letter

Dear Friends in Christ Jesus in the Diocese of Northern Indiana,

Many of you have probably heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child”. After this past weekend that can definitely be amended to “It takes an entire diocese to elect a bishop”. Thanks to the help, support, and prayers of this diocese we warmly welcomed the candidates and their spouses. Over 360 people attended the three Walkabout sessions to hear them speak. All of the candidates echoed the sentiment that we are more than a diocese, we are a Christ-centered community. They were blessed by our hospitality and warmth. They extend their heartfelt appreciation to us for the welcome, care, and prayers they received. Thank you!

Here is a link to the YouTube videos gathered this past weekend. At the Bristol and Marion locations only the random (drawn from a hat) questions were recorded. At the Griffith location their entire presentation was recorded. Enjoy.

We have five amazing candidates! Any one of them could be our next bishop and continue to build on the legacy of the fantastic bishops that preceded them. They have given themselves fully to this process and now await the election results with eager anticipation and prayer. Please know that this is a prayerful time for them, as it is us, and allow them the space to continue to listen fully to God’s direction in their lives. To that end, we implore you to give them space and not ask those follow-up questions that have come to mind. There is a wealth of information online. Soon enough we will know who the Lord has selected to lead us into the next phase of The Episcopal Church in Northern Indiana!

Grace and peace to each of you during the remainder of this Epiphany season. We’ll see you at St. Anne’s on February 6th, when the suspense will finally come to an end (or perhaps, just begin …)

Yours in Christ,
The Transition Committee

New Bishop Candidate Videos Available

As we gear up for the walkabouts this weekend, where we will get to meet our bishop candidates in person, check out the latest round of video greetings from the candidates. For these videos, the candidates were asked to send Epiphany greetings and speak about what they would do as the 8th Bishop of Northern Indiana.

Walkabout Booklet Now Available

Dear Friends in Christ Jesus in the Diocese of Northern Indiana,

The booklet that details our upcoming Walkabouts is now available for download and is posted at

Included in the booklet are biographies for each of the nominees, which may also be accessed below:

The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands
The Rev. Canon Andrew T. Gerns
The Rev. Susan B. Haynes
The Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Sparks
The Very Rev. Raymond J. Waldon

Please review these materials prayerfully in the days ahead.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

The Transition Committee

Five Candidates for the Eighth Bishop of Northern Indiana

November 15, 2015

Dear Friends in Christ Jesus in the Diocese of Northern Indiana,

Last week the Search Committee concluded its work and presented a list of five candidates for the Eighth Bishop of Northern Indiana to the Standing Committee. On behalf of the Standing Committee, I am grateful to co-chairs Fr. Mike Dwyer and Mrs. Linda Buskirk and to all members of the Search Committee who labored tirelessly in this ministry. Their thorough, faithful, and prayerful discernment and diligence over the last six months has richly blessed us to reach this stage in our process.

With great prayer we present to you the five candidates for the Eighth Bishop of Northern Indiana:

The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands
The Rev. Canon Andrew T. Gerns
The Rev. Susan B. Haynes
The Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Sparks
The Very Rev. Raymond J. Waldon

Please look for their initial biographies on the search website. Fuller biographies will be released in the coming days.

Even as we celebrate the conclusion of the Search Committee’s work the ministry of the Transition Committee now begins in earnest. Under the leadership of the Fr. Jim Warnock of Gethsemane, Marion, they will be guiding the diocese through the introduction of our candidates as well as the election and transition process of our new bishop.

The candidates will come to the diocese for the Walk-Abouts on January 15-17. The locations for getting to know our candidates are:

January 16th – Session 1 – St. John of the Cross, Bristol
January 16th – Session 2 – St. Timothy’s, Griffith
January 17th – Gethsemane, Marion

Please look for the publication of the Walk-About informational booklet very soon.

Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions. We expect delegates who will vote for our new bishop to attend a session near them to better acquaint themselves with our candidates. Please remember that if your parish is expecting to certify new delegates other than those who were registered at last month’s Diocesan Convention their names must be registered with the diocesan office by February 1, 2016.

Thank you for your continued prayers as we labor together for our beloved diocese and for the kingdom of God in our midst.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

The Rev. Matthew D. Cowden, President of the Standing Committee
The Search Committee for the Eighth Bishop of Northern Indiana

Updated Bishop Search Timeline

The following letter just arrived from the Diocesan Standing Committee:

September 10,  2015
Dear Beloved Friends in Christ,

Thank you for your prayers during this time for search and discernment of our next bishop. Thank you for your input and feedback which has helped the Search Committee to develop our diocesan profile. Thank you to those of you who have submitted nominations to the Search Committee. And thank you to Dr. Craig Pawlowski for the creation of this entertaining, informative and multigenerational Activity Book describing our search process.

The following is an update on the Timeline, Transition Committee and Election process in our bishop search.


The general timeline for our search will be found on our bishop search website. There is a lot going on in between those dates listed there. Between the close of nominations on September 18 and the announcement of the final slate of candidates announced on November 15, the Search Committee will be meeting nominees for a discernment retreat in October. Co-Chairs Fr Mike Dwyer and Linda Buskirk are leading a prayerful and confidential process. Their work on the Search Committee will be complete after they submit the final slate of candidates to the Standing Committee in November.

Transition Committee

The Standing Committee commissioned the Transition Committee at the end of August. While their work has already begun they officially take over the process of our search after the slate of candidates has been announced. They oversee the shepherding of our candidates (and their spouse/partner) up to and through the Walk-Abouts in January; the election process in February; the transition of bringing our new bishop into the diocese; and the ordination of our new bishop on June 26, 2016.

Under the leadership of Fr. Jim Warnock, the following are the members of the Transition Committee:

The Rev. Jim Warnock , Chair, Gethsemane, Marion
The Rev. Terri Bays – Holy Trinity, South Bend
Marie Gambetta – St. Paul’s, Munster
Tim McLaughlin – St. Michael & All Angels, South Bend
Barb Meneakis, St. Barnabas, Gary
The Rev. Ted Neidlinger – Christ the King, Huntington
Randy Powers, Gethsemane, Marion
Cindy Spice – St. Alban’s, Fort Wayne
Charlotte Strowhorn, Jr – St. Augustine’s, Gary
The Rev. Michelle Walker – Calumet Episcopal Ministry Partnership

This committee will be spearheading the various subcommittees that will carry us through the transition months. Each subcommittee will need many hearts and hands to carry out the work ahead. Please be generous in offering your time and talents as you are called upon. You are welcome to contact Fr. Jim Warnock for questions about the Transition Committee.

Election of the Eighth Bishop of Northern Indiana

At our Diocesan Convention, October 24, 2015, Bishop Little will call for a Special Convention for the Election of a Bishop to be held February 6, 2016. Electors to our October, 2015 Diocesan Convention will automatically be the electors at the Special Convention February 6, 2016 (including the possibility of registered alternates filling in) UNLESS notice of new delegates for 2016 are certified with the Secretary of Convention by February 1. In the latter case, those newly elected delegates who serve at the Special Convention in February and will also serve as elected delegates at our 2016 October convention. Parishes and potential delegate/electors should take into consideration the January Walk-Abouts to meet the candidates in preparation for the election. Please continue to look for email and website communications about the dates and times for meeting our candidates in January.

Lastly, please do not hesitate to contact the co-chairs of the Search Committee, Fr Mike Dwyer and Linda Buskirk, or the chair of the Transition Committee, Fr Jim Warnock, or me, Fr Matthew Cowden, should you have any questions or concerns, nominations or prayerful discernment about the search for our eighth bishop. We look forward to welcoming our next bishop whom God is preparing for us, and praying with her or him about the next chapter of our life together in Northern Indiana.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

The Rev. Matthew Cowden+
The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Northern Indiana

Diocesan Profile Now Available

The Diocesan Profile is now complete and available for viewing on the bishop search website. The Search Committee has also provided an updated set of guidelines for recommending nominations and applying directly to be a nominee for the position of the Bishop of Northern Indiana:

  • A required Nomination Form and a required Application Form are both provided at:
  • Nomination Forms will be accepted September 1 – 18, 2015.
  • Application Forms will be accepted September 1 – 24, 2015.
  • All recommended nominees and all applicants will be reviewed by the search committee.
  • All those recommended for nomination, upon giving their approval to be nominated, must:
    • Complete an Application Form and submit it as soon as possible, and no later than September 24, 2015.
    • Update your Transitional Ministry Portfolio filed with the Office of Transition Ministry, as a copy of your OTM Portfolio will be forwarded to the Search Committee on September 24, 2015.

Background checks (including credit history) will be conducted for all nominees.  Credit history reports will also be required of all spouses/partners of nominees.

Applicants chosen for further consideration will be required to attend a Discernment Retreat with the Search Committee October 19 – 22, 2015, in Chicago.

The Search Committee will submit no fewer than four (4) names as Candidates to the Standing Committee by mid-November, 2015.