The Anglican Diocese of Texas - Meet Our Clergy
The Anglican Diocese of Texas - Serving Our Lord and Serving

"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
of the
Catholic Charismatic Church [Old Catholic Succession]
Archbishop 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 1966. 
He 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.
As a 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.
Upon his 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.
Archbishop 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 Right Rev'd Dr. Alan Lee Black, ThB, MMIN, DMIN
Bishop Coadjutor 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. 

In October 2017, at a special synod of the Diocese, Dr. Black was unanimously elected to become Bishop Coadjutor.  On January 27, 2018, at St. Vincent's Cathedral in Bedford, TX, Dr. Black was consecrated with Archbishop Marshall presiding.  In his new capacity, Bishop Black will assist in the administration of the Diocese and parish development.

Bishop Black  has two daughters, Elisabeth Tarasneko who resides in Barnaul, Russia; and Mary Black currently residing in New York City.  He is married to the former Karen Marie King.  

When not engaged in pastoral and/or church administrative responsibilities, Bishop Black manages his own insurance brokerage.

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.

Dean 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.

After 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. 

In 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.

Dean 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.
Rector, St. Andrew Anglican Church, Garland, TX

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. 

On 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. 

During 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
Rector, St. Michael's Anglican Church, Ft. Worth, TX

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.


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