On Sunday, June 1, as we celebrate The Day of Ascension as our parish Feast Day, we will also welcome special guest The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls from the Diocese of New York. This celebration will include the Confirmation and Reception of several new members into the parish and the service and ministry of Parish Administrator, Nick Limansky. Please join us after service in the Parish Hall as we welcome the newly confirmed and honor Nick and his wife, Gale. Coffee Hour will be sponsored by the Legacy Society of Ascension.
Bishop Stacy F. Sauls is the Chief Operating Officer for the Episcopal Church, a post he has held since September 2011. As Chief Operating Officer, Sauls oversees the staff of the Episcopal Church in New York City as well as offices in Washington, DC, Miami, FL, and at other locations across the United States and from Panama City to Edinburgh. Sauls coordinates the work of the Church’s mission program, communication, finance and administrative offices while assisting the Presiding Bishop in her role as Chief Executive Officer.
He is an ex-officio member of the Episcopal Church Executive Council and an active member of the Board of Episcopal Relief & Development and is President of the Board of American Committee for Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP).
Sauls’ first career was in law, and he is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC and the University of Virginia School of Law. He worked as a corporate lawyer, most notably with the law department of Delta Air Lines. From there he attended and graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York City, and was ordained a priest in 1989 at St. George’s Church in Griffin, GA (Diocese of Atlanta). He continued his parish ministry at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Atlanta and St. Thomas’ Church, Savannah, GA (Diocese of Georgia).
Sauls was elected the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington in 2000. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Ecclesiastical Law Society (United Kingdom). General Theological Seminary presented him with a DD honoris causa in 2001, as did the University of the South in 2002. He earned a masters degree in Canon Law from Cardiff University in 2009.