THE REV. CANON DR. SALLY FRENCH ELECTED 13TH BISHOP OF NEW JERSEY
The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey has elected the Rev. Canon Dr. Sally French to serve as the thirteenth bishop of the diocese. She will be consecrated and installed as the bishop of New Jersey on June 24, succeeding Bishop William H. “Chip” Stokes, who is retiring.
French currently serves as Canon for Regional Ministry and Collaborative Innovation in the Diocese of North Carolina. Prior to joining diocesan staff, she spent twenty years in parish ministry, serving congregations of many sizes and types. Raised in Toronto, Canada, French earned a bachelors degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto (Economics, History), a Master of Divinity through the Toronto School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. She was ordained a priest in 2001. She and her husband Clarke have two children living at home.
In brief remarks delivered via Zoom after the election results were announced, French thanked the voters, the Transition Committee, and her fellow candidates. Concerning her forthcoming position as bishop of New Jersey she said, “I look forward to serving with love.”
The bishop-elect was chosen from a slate of five nominees by clergy and lay leaders representing each congregation of the diocese during a special hybrid convention held on Jan. 28 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton and online via Zoom. She was elected on the third round of balloting with 68 percent of the clergy votes and 56 percent of lay votes. A majority of both clergy and lay votes in the same round was needed for election.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Sally French, bishop-elect of the Diocese of New Jersey, addresses the Electing Convention, as retiring Bishop Chip Stokes and others applaud
“I believe the Holy Spirit has led us to a remarkable leader who is deeply grounded in the faith and love of Jesus Christ,” Stokes said. “Canon French brings gifts and skills in ministry that are well aligned to address the needs and challenges facing the Church and the Diocese of New Jersey at this moment in its life and history. I look forward to welcoming her and her family to the Diocese of New Jersey and serving with her in this exciting time of transition.”
On Sept. 2, 2021, The Right Reverend William H. Stokes, 12th Bishop of New Jersey, called for the election of the 13th Bishop of New Jersey, announcing his intent to retire in June 2023. On this site, you’ll find all the latest news and resources about the process.
THIRTEENTH BISHOP OF NEW JERSEY ELECTION BOOKLET
The Episcopal Election and Diocesan Transition Committees are pleased to present this
Election Booklet. As prescribed by the canons of the Diocese of New Jersey, this booklet
contains pertinent information on each of the nominees, an Agenda for the Electing
Convention, the Electing Convention Rules of Order, and information about the
presentation of nominees.