Episcopal News Service. October 7, 1993 [93173M]

The Rev. Ted Karpf, Episcopal priest and public health expert, is the new executive director of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (NEAC). Karpf was one of the founders of NEAC and the nation's first HIV/AIDS program specialist in the U.S. Public Health Service. Karpf was given the Special Recognition Award from the office of the Assistant Secretary of Health for "leadership in helping the nation prevent and alleviate pain, suffering and death associated with HIV/AIDS. When accepting the position, Karpf said, "I am honored by the trust and confidence of the NEAC Board and Executive Committee. NEAC and its presence in Washington are more important now than ever before as the commitment to responding to the HIV epidemic achieves increased national attention. I am thrilled to be part of this everexpanding network of people of faith."

The Rev. John T. Docker has been named coordinator for Professional Ministry Development at the Episcopal Church Center. In this role, Docker will serve as the contact person for the Ministry Development Cluster (MDC) providing support services and sharing information for clergy and lay professionals.

The Rt. Rev. Conrad H. Gesner, retired bishop of the Diocese of South Dakota, died on September 1 at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. He was 92. Gesner was appointed bishop coadjutor of South Dakota in 1945. When Bishop William Blair Roberts retired in 1953, he became the sixth bishop of South Dakota. He retired in 1970, moving to Long Meadow, Massachusetts, where he assisted the bishops of Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Bonnie Anderson has been appointed diocesan communicator for the Diocese of Michigan. Anderson is chair of the Bishop's Anti-racism Committee, consultant for deployment, program and vestry development, a member of the Evangelism Commission and a member of the Area Strategy and Design Committee. She has previously served the diocese as standing committee president, member of the executive committee of Executive Council, and member of the Commission on Ministry. "Bonnie Anderson comes with an extraordinary background of energy at several levels of church activities -- diocesan, provincial, national, and international. She knows the family as an insider and is familiar with the structure of the diocese and the programmatic committees," said Bishop Stewart Wood of Michigan, who announced the appointment on September 22.

The Very Rev. Michael Ingham was elected bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster in the Anglican Church of Canada on September 25 on the fourth ballot. Ingham, 44, is currently rector of Christ Church Cathedral and dean of the diocese. He was ordained in 1974 and served as a parish priest in the dioceses of Ottawa and New Westminster before becoming principal secretary to the Most Rev. Michael Peers, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, in 1989. "I think there are some people who have felt that the church has not been a home for them," Ingham said. "I will work to make the church a place where everyone is received, including people from non-Anglo cultures, people with disabilities and people of different sexual orientation." Ingham will be consecrated as bishop at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver on January 9, 1994.

The Rt. Rev. Edward Gaudan Longid, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines, died on September 23 at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City. He was 87. Longid was the first Igorot (aboriginal Filipino) bishop and the second bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. Longid was known as an untiring advocate of peace in the region and was an active member of civic organizations.

The Rev. James Edward Folts, 53, was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of West Texas on Saturday, October 2. Folts was elected on the third ballot on which he garnered 153 of 283 possible votes in the lay order and 75 out of 120 possible votes in the clergy order. Folts, who received his master of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1965, is rector of St. Mark's in San Antonio, the oldest Episcopal Church in the diocese. As bishop coadjutor he will work with the diocesan Bishop John MacNaughton until his retirement, the date of which has not been set. Following consent of the church's standing committees and diocesan bishops, Folts will be consecrated by Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning in February, 1994.

Correction: Bonnie Anderson was incorrectly reported as new diocesan communicator for the Diocese of Michigan in the October 7 issue of ENS. She was appointed diocesan administrator.