Some Central Fla. parishes exploring disaffiliation scenarioes

A news release from the Diocese of Central Florida reports that yesterday, the rectors and senior wardens of seven parishes of the Diocese of Central Florida and two church planters met with Bishop John W. Howe and representatives of the Diocese to discuss the possible scenarios by which all or part of the congregations may disaffiliate from The Episcopal Church.

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Each parish will now enter a process of conversation and negotiation with the Diocese based on its particular circumstances. Bishop Howe reiterated his commitment to provide pastoral care both to those who leave and to those who wish to remain.

All parties agreed to enter into these negotiations in good faith using Biblical principles in an effort to avoid litigation and scandal to the Church of Christ.

The parishes are:

  • Cocoa, Gloria Dei Church

    The Reverend Paul Young, Rector
    Frank Travassos, Senior Warden

  • Crystal River, St. Anne’s Church

    The Reverend Kevin Holsapple, Rector
    Victor Hernandez, Senior Warden

  • Maitland, Church of the Good Shepherd

    The Reverend John P. Nyhan, Rector
    George C. Madill, Senior Warden

  • Mount Dora, St. Edward’s Church

    The Reverend Woodleigh Volland, Rector
    Charles Cronebaugh, Senior Warden

  • Ocala, Grace Church

    The Reverend Donald J. Curran, Jr., Rector
    Dr. Jim Wilkerson, Senior Warden

  • Vero Beach, Trinity Church

    The Reverend D. Lorne Coyle, Rector
    Mrs. Nancy N. Reichardt, Senior Warden

  • Winter Haven, Holy Cross Church

    The Reverend Andrew S. Doan, Rector
    Bill Johnson, Senior Warden

The church planters are from:

  • Lake Nona, St. Philip’s

    The Reverend Paul Jagoe, Church Planter
    Melinda Tedder, Lay Representative

  • Poinciana, St. Nicholas

    The Reverend Geoffrey Boland, Church Planter
    Charles Secord, Lay Representative

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