Presiding Bishop to Ordain Reverends Wolf and Elebash

Diocesan Press Service. September 16, 1968 [69-2]

New York, N.Y. --- The Rt. Rev. John E. Hines, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will ordain and consecrate two priests of the Church, the Rev. Frederick Barton Wolf and the Rev. Hunley Agee Elebash, as bishops during the first week of October.

Bishop-elect Wolf's consecration as Bishop of Maine will take place on October 4 at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, Me. Co-consecrators will be the Rt. Rev. Walter H. Gray, Bishop of Connecticut, and the Rt. Rev. John S. Higgins, Bishop of Rhode Island.

Bishop-elect Elebash will be consecrated October 2 in St. James Church, Wilmington, N. C., and will serve as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of East Carolina. Co-consecrators will be the Rt. Rev. Thomas H. Wright. Bishop of East Carolina, and the Rt. Rev. Hamilton West, Bishop of Florida.

The Bishop-elect of Maine most recently has served as rector of St. Peter's Church, Bennington, Vt., a position he accepted in 1959. While in Bennington, he was closely associated with the Parish Training Program of the Province of New England, a summer field work program for seminarians. He was also president of the standing committee of the Diocese of Vermont, a member of the Diocesan Council and a delegate to the Vermont Church Council. He also served as a deputy to General Convention and is a consultant to the Convention's Liturgical Commission.

A graduate of Grinnell College, Grinnell, Ia., and of Seabury-Western Seminary, Evanston, Ill., Bishop-elect Wolf has served parishes in Illinois and was Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John in Quincy, Ill. He also served as Associate Secretary in the former Division of Leadership Training of the Department of Christian Education of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church from 1957 to 1959.

He and his wife, the former Barbara Buckley, have co-authored two adult study courses and a Confirmation study course. The Wolfs have three daughters.

Bishop-elect Elebash has served as executive secretary of the Diocese of East Carolina since 1965. Prior to accepting that diocesan position, he was rector of St. John's Church, Wilmington, N. C.

A native of Pensacola, Fla., the Bishop-elect is a graduate of the University of the South, receiving both a B. S. and B. D. degree from that institution. After his ordination he served as assistant at St. Mark's, Jacksonville, Fla., and as vicar, and later rector, of St. Catherine's, also in Jacksonville. He has also served as deputy to General Convention. The Bishop-elect is married to the former Maurine Ashton, and they have two children.