Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has announced that the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, will succeed Bishop-elect E. Mark Stevenson in the role of canon to the presiding bishop for ministry within The Episcopal Church, effective Oct. 17. Klusmeyer will retire on Oct. 13 as bishop of West Virginia, and Stevenson will transition to his new role as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia with a consecration date of Dec. 3.
In this role, Klusmeyer will, among other duties, support Curry’s ministry with pastoral assistance and strategic advising, including serving as liaison and representative to bishops within the church and overseeing preparations for gatherings of the House of Bishops. Klusmeyer will also work closely with Curry’s executive coordinator in the planning and execution of diocesan visitations and bishop consecrations—and will work with the General Convention Office representing the presiding bishop in preparation for General Convention.
“I am thrilled that Bishop Mike has agreed to serve on my staff in this capacity,” Curry said. “Both in his diocesan ministry and in his role on the Council of Advice, he has proven himself a wise follower of Jesus, a judicious adviser, and a trusted colleague and friend. Bishop Mike’s vast experience and good humor will be deeply appreciated as we walk together as a church in Jesus’ Way of Love.”
Klusmeyer has been ordained more than 42 years and served as bishop of West Virginia for 21 years. During his tenure, Klusmeyer led the diocese in responding to severe regional flooding and in supporting people living with various forms of addiction through carrying Narcan in Episcopal parishes and sponsoring coaching and recovery programs. In 2002, Klusmeyer commissioned a committee to address racism and diversity, and the diocese continues its work to fulfill the vision of its “Seven Steps to Justice” pledge. “I am thrilled and excited to work with Bishop Curry and the rest of the church staff for the coming time,” Klusmeyer said. “I expect this next chapter to be filled with fun, challenge, and joy, and I continue to rejoice in the witness and ministry of The Episcopal Church.”