East Tennessee Episcopalians selected the Rev. Brian Cole as their 5th Bishop on the fifth ballot in an election held at St. John's Cathedral in Knoxville. The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, who has served as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Georgia since 2010, was one of five nominees on the slate.
Logue said, "I have known Brian for years and I am confident they are in good hands." He added, "
I came to know and appreciate the Diocese of East Tennessee during this search and I care about their future. While I was hopeful to get the call, we prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide this election and I am confident God has been in and with the clergy and lay delegates in this election. I also know that East Tennessee has elected a deeply spiritual leader who loves Jesus and will help the Diocese more fully be the Body of Christ in southern Appalachia in the years to come."
Pending the canonically required consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church's diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction, Cole will be ordained and consecrated on December 2 by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the Church of the Ascension in Knoxville.
Cole succeeds the Rt. Rev. George D. Young III, who will retire on
Cole's consecration. Logue will continue to assist Bishop Scott Benhase in his oversight of the 68 congregations of the Diocese of Georgia.