Milliken elected fifth bishop of Western Kansas

Updated with link to Episcopal News Service.

According to the Diocese of Kansas’ facebook page and diocesan clergy twitter posts, the Rev. Michael Milliken of Hutchinson was elected the fifth Bishop of Western Kansas today.

From the Diocese of Western Kansas’ website, which has not yet been updated with this news at the time of this posting,

Father Milliken is a priest with over 35 years experience and is currently Rector of Grace Church in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the Diocese of Western Kansas Fr. Milliken is presently the Acting President of the Diocesan Council and is chair for stewardship in the diocese. Fr. Milliken also serves on the Provincial Council for the 7nth Province as well as the Commission on Ministry network Chair.

A graduate from the University of Kentucky and the Episcopal Theological seminary in Kentucky, Fr. Milliken has a Master of Arts in Theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has taught Theology at Xavier University as well as Old and New Testament at Hutchinson Community College.

[…]Father Milliken a native of Kentucky, was born in Lexington with roots reaching deep into Appalachia. He is a product of the public school system and grew up playing baseball from the age of 5 and later was a competitive swimmer in high school. For much of his early life Fr.Milliken dreamed of being a physician (general surgeon) but the Holy Spirit had other plans. Today he still swims some for exercise. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends, doing a little woodworking and just spending time with Kathy.

Father Milliken and his wife Kathy have been married for over 40 years. They have one son who is a National Park Service Ranger in Alaska.

The Episcopal News Service story is here.

The previous bishop, James Adams resigned last year and is now serving as the vicar of congregation in Florida. Details about that here.

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