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The Rev. Matthew Alan Gunter was elected eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac at the 139th Annual Convention on Oct. 19.
Gunter, rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was elected on the 2nd ballot out of a field of three candidates. To be elected, a candidate must have received a majority of the votes in both the lay order and the clergy order. On the second ballot, he received 73 of 99 votes cast in the lay order (50 required) and 43 of 69 votes cast in the clergy order (35 required).
Under the canons (III.11.4) of the Episcopal Church, the election of a bishop requires the consent from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Assuming that consent is received, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori ordained Gunter as bishop on April 26, 2014 at Appleton Alliance Church in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Gunter had been rector of St. Barnabas since 2000. Growing up on a farm in northern Indiana he received a B.A. in History from Indiana University. After teaching and working in education for a decade, he attended Virginia Theological Seminary, receiving a M.Div. Following ordination to the priesthood he served St. David’s Episcopal Church, Glenview. Over almost two decades of ordained ministry, Gunter has served in many capacities including spiritual advisor of Cursillo and Happening, Commission on Global Ministry (Diocese of Chicago), dean of the Aurora Deanery, deputy to three General Conventions, chaplain at the 75th General Convention, diocesan delegation to Renk, Sudan, and the San Joaquin County AIDS Foundation. He is married to Leslie and they have three adult children.
Gunter will succeed the Rt. Rev. Russell E. Jacobus, who is retiring after serving as bishop of Fond du Lac for 19 years. Jacobus and his wife, Jerrie, will continue to live in Wisconsin. They will be doing a lot of traveling to visit their children in California, New York and Israel.