Assisting Bishop of Alabama appointed

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After receiving advice and consent of the Standing Committee, I am pleased to announce that the Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior joined us as Assisting Bishop on January 1, 2022. His responsibilities will include working closely with me and the staff, including assisting with visitations, working with parishes, and leadership development in the Diocese. Bishop Prior’s extensive experience with camp and youth ministry makes him well suited to assist the Department of Camp McDowell in planning for the future, including searching for the next executive director.

Bishop Prior will be serving in a part-time appointment, dividing his time between responsibilities and residence in Alabama and working with us in activities outside the Diocese in other capacities with the larger church, House of Bishops, and Province IV. Bishop Prior’s appointment will also allow us to again make episcopal visits on an annual basis to all our parishes. 
 
Bishop Prior comes equipped with experience as Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 and Assisting Bishop of Diocese of Olympia. He is a gifted leader, consultant, and leadership coach and has worked successfully with both secular and church organizations. 
 
Currently, Bishop Prior serves as Vice Chair of the Episcopal Church Pension Board, Chair of the Episcopal Camp and Conference Center’s Visionary Council, as a board member of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, the HUB Sports Center, and has helped start two non-profits for education and recreation. Brian and his wonderful wife Staci have two sons and enjoy exploring the United States in their Sprinter van. We are fortunate to have him, and I look forward to working with him. Please join me in welcoming Brian and Staci to our Diocese. 

Blessings, 

+Glenda

The Rt. Reverend Glenda S. Curry
Bishop of the Diocese of Alabama