NEW YORK (DPS, Sept. 29) -- The Rev. James H. Ottley and the
Rev. Harry W. Shipps were elected bishops coadjutor in diocesan
elections held in Mid-September.
Ottley, a native of Panama was elected coadjutor of that
diocese Sept. 24 after three prior meetings of the diocesan convention
had failed to achieve an election. After all required consents are
received and he is consecrated, he will be in line to succeed the Rt.
Rev. Lemuel B. Shirley who has been bishop of Panama for 11 years.
Shipps, chairman of the ministries commission and dean of the
Augusta convocation in the diocese of Georgia, was elected coadjutor
there Sept. 15. He will succeed the Rt. Rev. G. Paul Reeves who has
also been diocesan bishop for 11 years.
Ottley, 47, is a native of Colon and a graduate of the
Seminary of the Carribbean from which he also earned a master's degree
in psychology. He was ordained in 1964 and has served his entire ministry in parishes and chaplaincies in the diocese of Panama. He is also
active in provincial affairs, serving as secretary of Province IX, a
regional Christian education coordinator and provincial representative
to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.
Shipps, 57, is a graduate of the New York State Maritime
Academy and served in the Merchant Marine and the United States Navy for
nine years before attending the School of Theology at the University of
the South. He received his B.D. degree and was ordained in 1958. In
addition to parish ministry in Albany, Savannah and Augusta, Ga., he has
served as diocesan secretary, editor of the diocesan newspaper, on
diocesan council, member and president of the standing committee and as
a deputy to three General Conventions.
Like the man who will succeed him, Shirley, 67, is a native
of Colon and has served his entire ministry in Panama while remaining
intensely active in the affairs of the Province and the national Church.
He is a graduate of the Bishop Payne Theological School and spent 30
years in parish ministry before being consecrated to the episcopate in
1972. From 1952 until his election he was also archdeacon and was
deputy to three General Conventions. In 1975, he was elected president
of Province IX and served in that post until last year presiding over a
number of changes in both the makeup and the guiding principles of that
Reeves, 64, is a native of Roanoke, Va. and a graduate of
Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and the Yale Divinity School. He
served as a Navy chaplain in World War II and was ordained to the
Episcopal priesthood in 1948. After three years as a university
chaplain, he entered parish ministry as rector of All Saints, Winter
Park, Fla. He later served as rector of Church of the Redeemer in
Sarasota and as rector of St. Stephen's in Miami, from which post he was
elected bishop coadjutor of Georgia in 1969. He served 15 years -- the
last eight as president -- on the standing committee of the Diocese of
Central Florida and was a deputy to three General Conventions.