Episcopal News Service. May 7, 1999 [99-066G]

After 15 years of service to the Diocese of Lexington, the Rt. Rev. Don Adger Wimberly will resign as Bishop to become Diocesan Missioner of the Diocese of Texas beginning September 1.

Wimberly will be missioner in ministry in a diocese with 156 churches in a 49,000 square mile area.

Wimberly, who was one of five nominees for the office of Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in 1997, will minister as an Episcopal bishop with particular responsibilities in the area of the Diocese of Texas known as East Texas.

He will continue as chancellor of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Under Wimberly's leadership at the Diocese of Lexington, women were ordained to the priesthood for the first time in its history Christ Church was restored to its historical status as cathedral of the diocese; and a $1.3 million capital campaign for the expansion of the ministry of the diocese, including the expansion of the diocesan camp and Conference Center and the Cathedral Domain in Lee County.

Abagail Nelson joined the staff of thePresiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief as the program associate for the Honduras program on April 11. Nelson, a lifelong Episcopalian, studied economic development at Harvard University and the London School of Economics. She spent the past two years on Wall Street as a financial analyst covering telecommunications companies in Latin America and has worked with the government of Ecuador on coastal resource management issues.