NH Episcopalians Elect Next Bishop: Robert Hirschfeld

May 19, 2012

Episcopalians in New Hampshire have elected Reverend Robert Hirschfeld as their next Bishop. He will replace Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the history of the church.

Robert Hirschfeld – currently the rector of Grace Church in Amherst Massachusetts – was elected on the first ballot, which is a rarity in Episcopalian elections.

The chair of the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee, Kevin Nichols, says that reflects a consensus in the New Hampshire dioceses that Hirschfeld is the right man for the job.

"He touched people, he spoke to people, he spoke to where people are in their own lives, and into the future of the dioceses," Nichols says.

Reverend William Rich – an openly gay candidate – did not get the nod.