Rt. Rev. Brian Lee Cole Ordained 5th Bishop Of The Diocese Of East Tennessee

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Bishops lay hands on the Rt. Rev. Brian Cole to ordain and consecrate him Dec. 2 as the new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee at Church of the Ascension in Knoxville
Bishops lay hands on the Rt. Rev. Brian Cole to ordain and consecrate him Dec. 2 as the new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee at Church of the Ascension in Knoxville
- photo by Ed Barels

The Rt. Rev. Brian Lee Cole was ordained and consecrated as the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee on Dec. 2 at Church of the Ascension in Knoxville. Three former bishops of the diocese participated in the service: the Rt. Rev. William E. Sanders, first and founding bishop; the Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, third bishop; and the Rt. Rev. George D. Young, fourth bishop. The Rt. Rev. Robert Gould Tharp, second bishop of the diocese died in 2003.

 

During the course of the service, Bishop Cole received gifts from friends, churches at which he previously served, and the Very Rev.

John Ross, dean of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Knoxville, Tennessee. The gifts included a pectoral cross, bishop’s ring, mitre (the bishop’s hat) and crozier (the bishop’s staff). The bishop’s family participated in the service - son, Jess Cole, read scripture, and wife, Susan Weatherford, played the recorder during communion.

 

Around 1,000 people attended the sacred and festive ordination and consecration service, and more than 6,700 participated by live stream.

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, led the service as chief consecrator. The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner, author, and associate professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School, was the preacher for the service.

 

The entire service may be viewed on the Diocese of East Tennessee website at dioet.org.

 

Mr. Cole was “seated” in the cathedra, or bishop’s chair symbolic of the bishop’s office, in a service at St. John’s Cathedral in Knoxville on Dec. 3.

 

Mr. Cole was elected July 28, out of a field of five nominees. He succeeds the Rt. Rev. George D. Young, who served the diocese from 2011 to 2017.

 

Mr. Cole served as the rector at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, Kentucky, from 2012 until his election as bishop.

 

Previously, he served as sub-dean at The Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville for seven years, and as vicar at Church of the Advocate, a worshiping community for homeless in downtown Asheville, for three years. He received a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with additional studies in Anglican Church History in 2001. His Bachelor of Science is in Business Administration, received in 1989 from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

 

Mr. Cole has served on the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, and has five times been a featured preacher on the popular multi-denominational Day 1 weekly podcast/radio broadcast. Cole taught in the Religion Department at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, N. C., Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston Salem, N.C., and Luther Seminary, St, Paul., Minn. He served on the Program Staff of the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC) in Berea, Kentucky, for seven years preceding his ordination as a priest.

 

The Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee is approximately 14,350 square miles in area, comprising 34 counties in East Tennessee and three counties in North Georgia with the Cumberland Plateau as the western border. There are 50 congregations and worshiping communities servicing nearly 16,000 active members. The population of the diocese is concentrated in the major metropolitan areas: Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities area, which includes Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City, areas totaling more than 2.4 million people according to Tennessee State Government statistics.


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