Consecration of the Rt. Rev'd Stephen D. Wood, first Bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas.

Bishop Wood and his family at his consecration.

The Rt. Rev’d Stephen D. Wood

Bishop, Diocese of the Carolinas and Rector, St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC

The Rt. Rev’d Stephen D. Wood was elected as the first Bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas by the College of Bishops on June 5, 2012. He was consecrated Bishop at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC by Archbishop Robert Duncan on August 25, 2013. Co-Consecrators Archbishop-elect Stanley Ntagali of Uganda, and Bishops Roger Ames, Alphonza Gadsen and John Guernsey.

He was installed as Rector of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC by Bishop Edward L. Salmon, XIII Bishop of South Carolina, on September 1, 2000. Under Bishop Wood’s leadership, St. Andrew’s was described by the Charleston Post & Courier as, “one of the Lowcountry’s biggest church success stories,” growing to a membership of more than 3200 and planting new churches in Goose Creek, SC and downtown Charleston. In 2006 Bishop Wood was one of three finalists in the election for Bishop of South Carolina.

Born October 12, 1963, Bishop Wood is the oldest of two sons born to the late Elanore Mitchell (Smith) Wood and the late Jewell Nelson Wood. He attended Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio, graduating in 1981. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Cleveland State University in 1986. He then completed his priestly formation at the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia where he earned a Masters of Divinity.

Bishop Wood was married to Jacqueline Elizabeth (Benner) Wood on February 1, 1986. Together, they have four sons and one grandson.

Bishop Wood was ordained to the diaconate on June 15, 1991 and to the priesthood on February 1, 1992 by Bishop James R. Moodey, VIII Bishop of Ohio. He was appointed Vicar of St. Anne-in-the-Fields in Madison, Ohio where he served until April of 1995. He then served as Associate Rector and Chief of Staff at St. Luke’s parish in Bath, Ohio until his move to South Carolina.

Connect with Bishop Wood on his blog, TreadingGrain.com, Twitter (@revstevewood) and on his Facebook page.


Clergy of the Diocese of the Carolinas

The Rev’d Ken Alexander, Assisting Priest, St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC
The Rev’d Dr. Winfield Bevins, Rector, The Church of the Outer Banks, Nags Head, NC
The Rev’d John Burley, Associate Rector, St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC
The Rev’d Kerry Buttram, Non-Parochial Priest
The Rev’d David Cumbie, Associate Rector, Holy Trinity Church, Raleigh, NC
The Rev’d Mark D. Cooke, Church Planter
The Rev’d Bruce Geary, Non-Parochial Priest
The Rev’d Karen Geary, Non-Parochial Priest
The Rev’d Dr. John Gibson, Rector, Church of the Holy Cross, Raleigh, NC
The Rev’d Richard F. Giersch, Pastor, The Village Church, Greenville, SC
The Rev’d Charles E. B. Gill, Assistant Priest, Church of the Outer Banks, Nags Head, NC
The Rev’d Julian “Hule” Goddard, Wilmore Anglican Church, Wilmore, KY
The Rev’d Rob Grafe,  Rector, All Saints Church, Pawleys Island, SC
The Rev’d Claudia Dickson Greggs, Clergy Associate, Holy Trinity Church, Raleigh, NC
The Rev’d John Q. Hall, Church Planter, The Village Church, Greenville, SC
The Rev’d Fred H. Hoffman, Grace Fellowship Anglican Mission, Concord, NC
The Rev’d Mary-Ellen Jones, Non-Parochial Priest
The Rev’d Nancy Kenney, Church of the Holy Trinity, North Augusta, SC
The Rev’d Robert Kirkland, Rector, St. James Anglican Church, Clover, SC
The Rev’d Dr. Anthony Kowbeidu, Vicar, St. Andrew’s Goose Creek, SC
The Rev’d Ken Lewis, Priest, Grace Anglican Church, New Bern, NC
The Rev’d Dave Libbon, Church Planter, St. Andrew’s Park Circle, North Charleston, SC
The Rev’d Christine Maddux, Non-Parochial Deacon
The Rev’d James Mason, Deacon, Church of the Holy Cross, Raleigh, NC
The Rev’d Clay Millener, Assistant Rector, All Saints Church, Pawleys Island, SC
The Rev’d Edward J. Milligan, Church Planter
The Rev’d Jon Minns, Rector, Church of the Holy Cross, Raleigh, NC
The Rev’d Brian Morgan, Associate Rector, St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC
The Rev’d Frank Myers, Deacon, All Saints Church, Charlotte, NC
The Rev’d William F. Owens, Jr., Church Planter, St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, Camden, SC
The Rev’d Norm Riebe, Assisting Priest, All Saints Church, Charlotte, NC
The Rev’d Mark Riggs, Church Planter, Living Water Church, Florence, SC
The Rev’d Larry Shrum, Non-Parochial Priest
The Rev’d Todd Simonis, Vicar, St. Andrew’s City Church, Charleston, SC
The Rev’d Hamilton Smith, Priest, St. Thomas’ Church
The Rev’d Beth Sprinkle, Deacon, All Saints Church, Pawleys Island, SC
The Rev’d Canon Filmore Strunk, Rector, All Saints Church, Charlotte, NC
The Rev’d Rob Sturdy, Associate Pastor, St. Andrew’s Mt. Pleasant, SC
The Rev’d Dr. Johann W. Vanderbijl, III, Non-Parochial Priest
The Rev’d Harold Vandeveer, Church Planter, St. Barnabas, Fort Mill, SC
The Rev’d Bill Weiss, Church Planter, Ashville, NC
The Rev’d Dr. John W. Yates, III, Rector, Holy Trinity Church, Raleigh, NC