Our Bishops

 

reed-web-fountain.jpgThe Rt. Rev. David Reed, Bishop of the Diocese

David Mitchell Reed was born in Brownsville, Texas, on March 9, 1957, to William Wesley Reed, Jr. and the late Olive Helen Polley Reed. The third of six children, he was baptized and confirmed at Church of the Advent, Brownsville. He attended elementary school at the Episcopal Day School and graduated from Homer Hanna High School in 1975.

He earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978 and taught school for two years before going to seminary.

He graduated from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin in 1983 with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Stanley Hauser in Church of the Advent, Brownsville, on June 12, 1983. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Scott Field Bailey in St. Alban’s Church, Harlingen, on January 13, 1984.

David married Patricia Ann "Patti" (Kopec) on June 18, 1988, and they have two children.

David served as assistant rector at St. Alban’s Church, Harlingen, from 1983 to 1987. He was called to be rector of St. Francis Church, Victoria, in 1987, serving there through 1994. He returned to St. Alban’s near the end of 1994, serving as rector until his election as Bishop Suffragan.

He was elected Bishop Suffragan for the Diocese of West Texas in a special council at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio, on March 25, 2006, and was consecrated in St. Luke’s Church, San Antonio, on August 26, 2006. He is the 14th bishop to serve in West Texas (the fifth suffragan) and 1,005 in the American Succession.

Reed was elected Bishop Coadjutor for the Diocese of West Texas in a special council at TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio, on October 25, 2014. He was officially invested as the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of West Texas on June 3, 2017, during a service held at TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas.

 

jenniferbd-purple-large-web.jpgThe Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, Bishop Suffragan

Jennifer Brooke (-Davidson) was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, June 29, 1960, to John Charles Brooke and Sherry Sigler (Brooke) Anderson. She was baptized and confirmed at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi, and received early childhood education at St. James Episcopal School in Corpus Christi. She graduated from King High School in Corpus Christi in 1978.

A resident of the newly-renamed Hopper College in Yale University, Jennifer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1982. She then earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985.  Following graduation, she married Carrick (Brooke-) Davidson. They moved to Washington D.C., where she practiced law for 12 years, specializing in Uniform Commercial Code issues in business and banking transactions. 

Following the birth of their two children, Emma and Kate, the family moved to Wimberley in the Texas Hill Country, and Jennifer retired from the practice of law. She became the Director of Family Ministry, and later Director of Evangelism and Formation, at St. Stephen’s Church in Wimberley. While on staff there, she earned a degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, completing Anglican studies under the supervision of Bishop Robert Hibbs. She was ordained to the diaconate at St. Stephen’s on June 10, 2009 by Bishop David Reed, and to the priesthood on December 16, 2009 by Bishop Gary Lillibridge.

Jennifer served as assistant rector of St. Stephen’s from 2009-2011. She served as vicar of Saint Elizabeth, Buda, Texas, until her election as bishop suffragan at Diocesan Council on February 25, 2017. She was consecrated a bishop in the Episcopal church and as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of West Texas by Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry on July 29, 2017 at Christ Church, San Antonio.