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Special Council to Elect the 11th Bishop of Southern Virginia

September 21, 2019 • Dinwiddie High School – Dinwiddie, Virginia

Rev. Susan Bunton Haynes

The Rev. Susan Bunton Haynes was elected on the eighth ballot to become the 11th Bishop of Southern Virginia.

Slate of Candidates

  • The Rev. Dr. Harold J. Cobb, Jr. – rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia
  • The Rev. Dr. J. Derek Harbin – rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • The Rev. Canon John T. W. Harmon – rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
  • The Rev. Susan B. Haynes – rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mishawaka, Indiana
  • The Rev. Canon Victoria Heard – rector of Redeemer Episcopal Church in Irving, Texas
  • The Rev. Sven L. vanBaars – rector of Abingdon Episcopal Church in White Marsh, Virginia

The Revs. Harmon, Haynes, Heard, and vanBaars were presented to the Diocese by the Nominating and Search Committee. The Revs. Cobb and Harbin were nominated through the Petition Process.


A video recording of the Bishop Candidate Walkabout on September 6 at Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, is available on our YouTube channel. The video has been divided into 7 segments for ease of viewing – the opening segment and the 6 individual candidate segments.

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