August 10, 2023
The Right Reverend J. Neil Alexander will be our guest at Epiphany from Aug 27, 2023, to September 17, 2023. Bishop Alexander will be the presider and preacher for our Sunday worship services on September 3 & 10, 2023.
J Neil Alexander is a Bishop of The Episcopal Church and Dean, Professor of Liturgy and Quintard Professor of Theology, Emeritus, at the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He served as the Trinity Church Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at The General Theological Seminary in New York City before joining the Sewanee faculty in 1997 teaching liturgics and homiletics. He was the first to hold the Norma and Olan Mills Professorship of Divinity. Alexander was elected the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta and served from 2001 to 2012 and also served as the University’s 23rd chancellor. During his time as bishop, he focused on growing new congregations and ministries and developing an effective communication strategy for the diocese. He led multiple pilgrimages and mission trips to dioceses in Africa and placed a special focus on relationships with global-south dioceses. Alexander has served in a variety of parish settings and has taught at The General Theological Seminary, and at Emory, Yale, Drew, and Wilfrid Laurier Universities.
He has been a board member of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation and a faculty member and chaplain of the Preaching Excellence Conference of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. He served as the first president of the Board of Directors of the College for Bishops. Alexander is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Moravian College, and the University of South Carolina. He earned a master of divinity from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a doctor of theology in liturgics from The General Theological Seminary. He is the recipient of two honorary doctorates. The author of numerous publications in the fields of liturgics, homiletics, sacramental theology, and pastoral practice, his most recent publication, Celebrating Liturgical Time: Days, Weeks, and Seasons, a commentary on sacred time as expressed in the rites of the Book of Common Prayer. In 2022, The General Convention of The Episcopal Church appointed him to be the Custodian of the Book of Common Prayer.