DES MOINES, Iowa, (AP) -- An Oxford University-trained California priest has been elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa.
The Rev. Alan Scarfe, 52, of Los Angeles, won the support of clergy and lay delegates in a Nov. 1 vote to become the new spiritual leader for more than 12,000 Episcopalians in 64 Iowa congregations.
''It's very exciting and I'm very humbled by it,'' Scarfe said.
Scarfe, born in Thornton, England, will be the ninth bishop since the diocese was founded in 1853. He will be consecrated and ordained in Des Moines on April 5.
A church committee had narrowed the field of more than 60 applicants to four finalists. A fifth candidate was nominated by petition.
Scarfe succeeds C. Christopher Epting, who left after 13 years to work as the deputy of ecumenical relations for the national church in New York.
Scarfe is rector of St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. He has a master's degree in theology from Oxford University in England.
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