The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. "Ted" Gulick Jr., became the assistant bishop on January 1, 2011. Bishop Gulick returns to his native Virginia from the Diocese of Kentucky, where he served as diocesan bishop from 1994-2010.
A native of northern Virginia, Bishop Gulick received a bachelor of arts degree from Lynchburg College in 1970 and a master of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1973. He also holds honorary doctor of divinity degrees from Virginia Seminary and the University of the South.
Bishop Gulick served as a parish priest for 20 years before his election as a bishop. Ordained to the Diaconate in 1973 and the priesthood in 1974, he became assistant rector of Trinity Church, Towson, Md., in 1973 and rector of Grace Church, Elkridge, Md., in 1976. In 1982, he was called to serve St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Newport News, Va., where he was rector for 11 years until elected bishop.
As the Diocese of Kentucky's bishop, Gulick was chief pastor to its clergy and 34 congregations. Speaking of his tenure in Kentucky, Bishop Gulick said he was particularly proud of the caliber of clergy he has recruited. Because of the excellence of their leadership, he said, the attendance in the diocese's churches has grown 30 percent since 1993. He also highlighted the diocese's commitment to youth and young adults ministries and the formation of seminarians.
In 2008, Gulick earned the distinction as the first Episcopal bishop to head two dioceses simultaneously when he was asked by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to serve part time as the provisional bishop of Diocese of Fort Worth, which was being reconstituted after the prior bishop and diocesan convention separated from the Episcopal Church.
In the wider church, Bishop Gulick undertook a particularly active role in ecumenism. He has served two terms on the SCEIR (Standing Committee on Ecumenical and Inter Religious Relations), co-chaired the Anglican Roman Catholic Dialog USA from 1997 to present, and served as one of the Episcopal Church's representatives on the Consultation on Church Union 1995-2000. In 2001, he was also appointed by Archbishop George Carey to serve on IARCCUM (International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission), an ongoing commitment.
In addition, Bishop Gulick has served ECUSA in other capacities at the request of the presiding bishop. He was appointed by the Most Rev. Edmund L. Browning to investigate, along with Bishops Mary Adelia Mcleod and Rogers Harris, issues of alleged misconduct involving bishops. He also served on Committee 22 of the General Convention in 2000, which dealt with all questions related to human sexuality; co-chaired General Convention cognate committee on Ecumenical Concerns; and served the Member Advisory Committee for the College of Bishops, the Staff College of Bishops and the Staff College of Bishops conference for new bishops and spouses/partners.