Samuel Howard (bishop)

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Samuel Johnson Howard (born (1951-09-08)September 8, 1951) is the eighth and current bishop of the Diocese of Florida in the U.S. Episcopal Church.[1] Howard was elected bishop coadjutor on May 16, 2003, and entered office on January 29, 2004.

Samuel Johnson Howard
Bishop of Florida
ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office2004–present
PredecessorStephen Hays Jecko
ConsecrationNovember 1, 2003
Personal details
Born (1951-09-08) September 8, 1951 (age 68)
North Carolina

Early careerEdit

Howard was born on September 8, 1951, and is a North Carolina native. He is a 1973 graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and has been married to his wife, Martha Marie, since 1974. They have two grown sons, Augustus and Charles.

Howard graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1976. He practiced law in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 1976 to 1986. He also worked on the staff of the Commerce Committee of the United States Senate.

Religious careerEdit

Howard radically changed his career by returning to school and graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained as a deacon in June 1989 and a year later was ordained as a priest. His first position was assistant to the rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte, North Carolina, then rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.[2]

Howard served as vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street from December 1997 until going to Florida in 2003.

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