"Be shepherds of God's flock, the believers who are under your care. Serve as their leaders...."
1 Peter 5:2
Bishop Walter A. Gerth, D.D.
(May 26, 1924 - June 12, 2010)
was born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan on May 26, 1924, the son of Mr. John H. Gerth and Ella Hagey Gerth. He attended public schools in the Clinton County School System until he entered the U.S. Army Air Corp, and served for four years in the European Theater of World War II. While in England he met and married Enid Annie Trundley, September 16, 1944. They have two children, Walter A. Gerth, Jr. and Rosalind Marie Gerth Nolte.
Upon his discharge from military service, he completed high school through the International Correspondence School, and attended the University of Detroit. At age 36, he entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary of Lexington, Kentucky, graduating in 1963 with a L.Th. Degree. He received the Master of Divinity from St. Alban's Center, March 9, 1984: and received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity, from Holy Trinity College, Nashville, Tennessee, July 28, 1990.
Ordained Deacon: June 5, 1963 by The Rt. Rev. +William R. Moody, D.D.
Ordained Priest: December 6, 1963 by The Rt. Rev. +William R. Moody, D.D.
Consecrated Bishop: January 5, 1992 by The Rt. Rev. +Huron C. Manning, D.D.
Bishop Ordinary of the Southern Episcopal Church
Bishop Ordinary of the
Anglican Diocese of Texas/Rector: St. Jude's Anglican Church, Ft. Worth, 1992 -2010
After graduation he served Churches: St. John's Episcopal Church in Corbin, Kentucky for five years. He served churches in the Diocese of Dallas Texas, Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Olney, Texas: St. Patrick's in Bowie, Texas: St. John the Divine, Burkburnett, Texas: St. Peter's by the Lake, Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas: Chaplain 13th District of the Texas American Legion: St. Luke's Brinkley, ARK: St. Peter on the Prairie, Tollville, ARK: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Ennis, TX: St. Associate at St. John's Episcopal Church, Ft. Worth, TX: Associate at Christ the King, Ft. Worth, TX: Rector at Church of the Advent, Alice, TX.
The Most Reverend John McClellan Marshall, OSL
Anglican Bishop of Texas II
Metropolitan Archbishop of the Southern Province
Catholic Charismatic Church [Old Catholic Succession]
Marshall was born in Dallas, Texas on October 9, 1943, the second son of
Samuel Wilson Marshall, Jr. and Frances Louisa McClellan Marshall. He
graduated from Highland Park High School in 1961 and later received his B. A.
degree in history from The Virginia Military Institute in 1965 where he was
elected valedictorian. Archbishop Marshall received an NDEA Title IV
Fellowship to Vanderbilt University where he received his M. A. in history in
returned to VMI to serve on the faculty in history before participating in the
Apollo Program at the Kennedy Space Center. At the conclusion of the
Skylab Program, Archbishop Marshall enrolled at the SMU School of Law and
graduated in 1975.
lifelong member of the church, he served as an acolyte, lay reader, vestryman,
Sunday school superintendent, and chalice bearer and was a member of the
Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Archbishop Marshall is a Life Member of the
Order of St. Luke the Physician. He served more than thirty years as a lawyer
and as a member of the state judiciary in Texas and is still active both as a
visiting judge and as a professor of law in various European universities.
retirement from the bench, Archbishop Marshall answered "the call"
that he had been hearing for nearly six decades and sought admission to the
ordained ministry. He read for Holy Orders as a postulant under the
supervision of The Rt. Rev'd Walter A. Gerth, D. D. He was ordained both
Deacon and Priest by Bishop Gerth, Bishop Ordinary of the Anglican Diocese of
Texas. In 2009, he was appointed Canon to the Ordinary by Bishop Gerth,
and also assisted at St. Jude's in Fort Worth, in which capacity he served
until his election and consecration as Bishop Coadjutor in 2010. He
succeeded upon the death of Bishop Gerth in 2010 as the Bishop Ordinary of The
Anglican Diocese of Texas and serves in that capacity to the present. In 2012, the Patriarch of the Catholic
Charismatic Church [Old Catholic Succession] requested him to assume duties on
their behalf as Metropolitan Archbishop of the Southern Province of that church
with responsibilities for oversight of the southern portion of the United
States and South America.
Marshall has two daughters, Miss Alexandra Elizabeth Mary Marshall and CPT
Victoria Joanna Mary Marshall, and is married to Jamie Lynn Hamner Marshall.
They live in University Park.
The Very Rev'd Canon Richard A. Diehm
Dean Emeritus, Anglican Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
The Very Rev'd Richard A. Diehm was
born in Boston, Massachusetts. He entered the United States Air Force
in 1952 and served his country honorably until his retirement from the
service in 1973. Dean Diehm attended East Texas State University (now
known as "Texas A & M-Commerce") earning a Bachelor of Business
Administration Degree in May 1976. He continued with graduate courses
to earn his Master of Business Administration Degree.
Diehm worked as a business manager for a hospital in Pittsburg, Texas
for a time before establishing his own bookkeeping and tax preparation
business in September 1979. Dean Diehm sold his business in September
2010 after 30+ years.
35 years of marriage, Dean Diehm's wife, Evelyn, passed away in
September 1993. They raised three children, one of which has joined
Evelyn and their Lord. In August 1996, Dean Diehm was blessed to marry
Patricia F. Diehm, Ph.D. Just a few years later, Dean Diehm received
his call to Christ.
May 2002, Dean Diehm was accepted as Ordinand by the late Bishop Walter
A. Gerth. As Ordinand, Dean Diehm served the small but dedicated
parish of St. Luke's Anglican Church in Sulphur Springs, TX. Bishop
Gerth ordained Dean Diehm as Deacon in September 2004 and then as a
priest in 2006.
Diehm served as Dean of the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy
Spirit located in downtown Dallas from 2010 until June 3, 2012. Dean Diehm currently resides in Redlands, California and is the Canon Missioner of St. Luke's Anglican Mission.
The Very Rev'd Ray E. Jennison, Jr.
The Very Rev'd Ray Jennison
was born in Hot Springs, AR, July 28, 1957. He graduated from Texas
Christian University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, later
obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from TCU in 1974. That
same year, he received his Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House
and was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church on July 4, 1974.
January 15, 1975, he was ordained a Priest at St. Alban, Arlington,
TX. Father Jennison continued his education with receipt of a Master
of Humanities degree from the University of Dallas in 1983 and a Master
of Sacred Theology from Nashotah House in 2007.
this time, he served as a parish priest in the Episcopal Dioceses of
Fort Worth and Dallas, including rectorship of St. Paul's, Greenville,
as well as serving as a supply priest in more recent years.
He is the managing partner of his own securities brokerage.
Father Jennison was received into The Anglican Diocese of Texas by
Bishop Marshall at ceremonies held at The Anglican Cathedral of The
Holy Spirit in Dallas on July 10, 2011. On June 3, 2012, he was elevated to the Office of Dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at ceremonies during the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Trinity. After having diligently served as Dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit for nearly three years, Father Jennison answered the call to return to parish service. Father Jennison now serves as Rector of the newly planted parish of St. Andrew Anglican Church in Garland, TX.
The Very Rev'd Canon Dr. Clement Owunnah, D.Min., Ph.D., Th.D
Canon Owunnah was born on December 20, 1958 in Aba, a city in the Southern part of Abia State, Nigeria. Son to the late Sir Chief Israel Solomon Owunnah, and grandson of the Late Chief Solomon Ochiulo Owunnah, his roots in the Anglican church run deep. His grandfather was one of the founding fathers of the Anglican Church in Southern Nigeria, having built St. Michael's Anglican Church in Aba, under the Isiala Ngwa Diocese of Aba Archdiocese in 1915.
Dr. Owunnah attended kindergarten at Anglican Day Care, transferred to the Anglican primary school, was admitted to Adventist/Ihie High School in 1970 and then graduated from Eziama High School in 1975. After serving as teacher in the Federal Teachers Training College, Dr. Owunnah was granted admission to the United States for further studies.
Bachelor of Theology, New Covenant College (1988)
Master Divinity Program, Payne Theological Seminary (1988-1990)
Graduate Master's Research, Houston Graduate
School of Theology and St. Mary's University (1990-1996)
Doctorate of Ministry, Bethany Divinity School (1996)
Doctorate of Philosophy
(Biblical/Christian Counseling), Therapon University (2004)
Doctorate of Philosophy
(Restorative Justice), Therapon University (2005)
Doctorate of Theology, Slidell Baptist Seminary (2005)
Dr. Owunnah was baptized in the Anglican Church in 1959, confirmed by Bishop Afanya in 1974, and received his calling in 1975. He served as an Agent under Bishop Afanya in 1975. In 1979, he served on the African Methodist Ministerial Staff, then joined the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1982.
In 1990, Dr. Owunnah studied for ordination under Presiding Elder Slaughter of the Nashville District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He was ordained Deacon by Bishop William H. Graves in 1991, and in 1993 was ordained elder/priest by Bishop Graves. In 1994, Dr. Owunnah was also re-obligated as Elder by Bishop John Bryant of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In order to reach more with God's word, Dr. Owunnah was ordained and certified as an Independent Minister and Senior Chaplain by the Chaplaincy Fellowship in 2007.
Devoted to his Lord, Dr. Owunnah has served faithfully:
- Assistant Minister and Pastor in the AME Church for the past 28 years
- Youth Pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
- Director of Community Programs
- Developer/Teacher of Church Bible Study Programs
- Supervisor of Ministerial candidates for Pastoral Studies
- Director for Ministerial Orders
In recognition of his service as Chairman of the Board of Examining Chaplains, Dr. Owunnah was appointed as Canon Theologian of the Diocese which was announced during the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Trinity on June 3, 2012.
The Venerable Dr. Alan Lee Black, ThB, MMIN, DMIN
Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Texas
Dr. Black was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1961 in an LDS (Mormon) family. In his early twenties he was convinced of the truths of Scripture, became a born again Christian, and was baptized in the Baptist Church. Dr. Black surrendered his life to ministry and began to work on a Theology Degree at Salt Lake Baptist College. He became an active member of Baptist missions to plant churches in the Intermountain Area.
Dr. Black served as Youth Pastor, and then as Associate Pastor at Bible Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. He later served as the Missionary Church Planter at Faith Baptist Church in Layton, Utah. After graduation, he became the founder and Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Ogden, Utah. Dr. Black continued his studies and completed his Master and Doctoral degrees in Ministry, and also filled the Professor of Theology position, at his alma mater. He served as Assistant to the Dean of Salt Lake Baptist College, and also served one term as President of the Bible Baptist Fellowship-Utah.
Having a deepened desire to understand the historic church, Dr. Black was confirmed in 1998 by The Right Reverend Jack L. Iker, Episcopal Bishop of Fort Worth. Prior to joining The Anglican Diocese of Texas Dr. Black has taught Bible classes, filled pulpits, and organized evangelism programs for many different churches, as well as, continuing the education of ministers in small group Theology classes.
Dr. Black founded, and served as Rector of, the parish of St. Athanasius Anglican Church in Carrollton, Texas since 2013. Wishing to expand his ministries, Dr. Black relocated to Waxahachie, Texas and has transitioned St. Athanasius Anglican Church into the Anglican Ministries of Ellis County.
After serving as Vicar of the Diocese since 2015, Dr. Black was installed as the first Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Texas in November 2016. Archbishop Marshall presided and welcomed The Venerable Dr. Black into his new role as both administrative officer for the Diocese and as the person responsible for clergy development.
Dr. Black has
two daughters, Elisabeth Tarasneko who resides in Barnaul, Russia; and Mary Black currently residing in New York City. Dr. Black is married to the former Karen Marie
When not engaged in pastoral and/or church administrative responsibilities, Dr. Black manages his own insurance brokerage.