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The Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge, Bishop of the Diocese
Bishop Lillibridge, the ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1956. He was elected bishop in October 2003 and was ordained to that office in February 2004.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) in 1978. He graduated from Virginia Seminary in 1982 and was ordained deacon in June of that year. He was ordained priest in January, 1983.
Prior to his election in 2003, he served as Rector of St. David's, San Antonio; Church of the Advent and St. Paul's, Brownsville; St. James, Del Rio; and Assistant Rector at Church of the Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi. An Episcopal Day School was part of each parish, allowing him to put his education degree to good use. He also served four years as Archdeacon of West Texas.
As Bishop of West Texas, he oversees 90 congregations, 26 Episcopal Schools, 26,000+ members of the diocese, and approximately 200 active and retired clergy. He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary (2004) and the University of the South, Sewanee (2006). In 2010, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Texas State University.
He and Catherine have been married since 1985 and live in San Antonio. They have three adult children: Sarah, Amy, and Thomas. His hobbies include golfing, traveling, and reading a variety of books, with special interest in historical writings.
The Rt. Rev. David Reed, Bishop Coadjutor 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. Reed will continue to serve alongside Bishop Lillibridge until Lillibridge's eventual retirement in 2017, when Reed will become the Diocesan Bishop.