The Rt. Rev. Scott A. Benhase, D.Min., Bishop of Georgia
The Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase, D.D. was elected the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia on September 12, 2009 at the Diocese’s special election convention held in Dublin. Bishop Benhase was the rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C. and succeeded the Rt. Rev. Henry I. Louttit, Jr. Bishop Benhase’s consecration took place January 23, 2010 in Savannah. The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, served as chief consecrator.
Bishop Benhase was born and raised in southern Ohio and, in 1979, graduated from DePauw University in Indiana. After college, he was appointed an overseas missionary of The Episcopal Church and served for one year in Honduras. In 1980 he entered Virginia Theological Seminary whence he graduated in 1983. That same year he was ordained to the sacred order of priests and, one year later, he married the former Kelly Jones. They have been married for over 25 years, and she currently teaches at a public high school in the District. Together, they have three children: Jake (age 22), Charley (age 19), and Mary Grace (age 16). Prior to serving at St. Alban’s, Bishop Benhase served parishes in Durham, North Carolina, Charlottesville, Virginia, East Cleveland, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Our rector and the bishop have known each other since 2000 when they served as rectors of neighboring parishes in Durham. Said Father White, “Scott is a gracious man, a strong leader and is enormously passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Episcopal Church, and the life and ministry of local congregations.”
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia includes 18,561 members who worship in 71 parishes throughout our state.