Hultstrand Elected Bishop of Springfield

Episcopal News Service. September 24, 1981 [81247]

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Rev. Donald Maynard Hultstrand of Greeley, Colo., was elected ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield at a special convention at St. Paul's Cathedral here on Sept. 19.

Hultstrand's election came on the ninth ballot from a field of 33 nominees presented from the floor the previous evening. The Rev. William N. Malottke of Trinity Church, Jacksonville, Ill., placed second in the voting.

Hultstrand, 54, has been rector of Trinity Church, Greeley, since 1979. He has indicated his acceptance of the election, subject to the consents of the standing committees and bishops of the Episcopal Church as required by the canons.

Hultstrand will succeed the Rt. Rev. Albert Hillestad who submitted his resignation last spring for reasons of health after nine years as bishop of the diocese. Until the consecration of Hillestad's successor, the eight-member standing committee manages the affairs of the diocese.

A native of Parkers Prairie, Minn., Hultstrand is a graduate of Macalester College and Bexley Hall theological seminary. His parish work in the Diocese of Minnesota was in Worthington, Luverne, Wabasha and Duluth. He was also chaplain and instructor at Breck School in Minneapolis.

He also served parishes in Canton, Ohio and Kansas City, Mo. He held many positions of leadership -- including youth work, examining chaplains, standing committee, bishop and council, department of missions, and executive council -- in Minnesota and Ohio. He is an honorary canon at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland.

From 1972 to 1975 he was executive director of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer. He has also served on the board of PewsAction.

He is the author of a book, The Praying Church, and several cassettes.

In 1948 he married Marjorie Ann Richter and they have two children.